The conference introduced the different career routes available in science to over 200 secondary school pupils (years 9-11) from 13 participating schools across London. Around 50 leading organisations in the science and health field, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, NHS Blood and Transplant, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, St George’s Medical School, Imperial College and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, showcased aspects of their profession with hands-on activities.
The Science4u programme was set to inspire students to study science, demonstrate the importance of science in health and everyday life and showcase some of the exciting and rewarding careers open to those who study science. This year’s “Science for your Future” theme was chosen to highlight new and exciting scientific developments that are changing our future, prompting pupils to think about what the future would hold and how they could contribute to science.
As part of the conference, student ambassadors together with volunteers led teams of pupils who spent a whole day on the University’s campus experimenting with interactive exhibitions and workshops such as respiratory and physiology, blood transfusion and blood science, malaria and diagnosis, medical physics, infectious diseases and DNA sequencing.
University of Westminster academics and researchers engaged pupils about the science behind everyday life and behaviour from protein to bioinformatics as well as imaging science.
In addition, pupils were able to present science projects undertaken at school or in a Science Club. The team from Highgate Wood School was awarded The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Don Henderson Trophy for their project investigating how good teeth whitening products are at removing stains like tea and coffee.
Professor Geoff Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, said: “We were delighted to be hosting the 13th Annual Science4u Schools Day and to collaborate with Science4u to promote the many exciting opportunities for young people to become career scientists. For over 175 years the University of Westminster has been supporting young people entering the science field and pioneering the understanding of how to apply emerging science and technology to addressing the world’s problems.”
A Science4u spokesperson said: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Westminster for the second year in a row. Its campus in the centre of London has fabulous, spacious facilities which enabled us to have an expanded interactive stands section showcasing an extended range of scientific careers on offer. The conference also enabled the pupils, many for the first time, to see and experience a university atmosphere.”
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