Virtual Conference 2020

With COVID-19 closing schools, science4u liaised with teachers who said it would be wonderful if science4u Schools Science Conference could run some online activities.

In conjunction with the The Royal College of Pathologists, science4u has created a virtual science fair that includes workshops, videos, quizzes, Q&A and other activities that students and schools can use now and in the future.

In addition, our volunteers have been working across the NHS to diagnose and care for COVID-19 patients. Among a variety of things, their work has included developing and running of antigen and antibody tests (laboratory scientists), working with patients to help their breathing and monitor their hearts (respiratory and cardiac physiologists), stabilising and transporting patients (ambulance staff) as well as creating and making PPE and devices to help with breathing (biomedical engineers).

We celebrate all our wonderful science4u volunteers who are supporting patients and the NHS through COVID-19.

Welcome to the Virtual Conference 2020

science4u is pleased to be able to share with you our Science for You – Virtual Conference 2020.

Many of you were due to join us at the University of Westminster in April this year to attend the Annual Schools Science Conference. Due to COVID-19 this has had to be postponed.

The majority of the healthcare scientists who would have met you at the conference in April are now working hard alongside their front line colleagues in their NHS and other public sector organisations to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients and also look after all their other patients.

They are also mindful that inspiring our next generation of scientists is important and to highlight the very worthwhile and exciting careers that are available in healthcare science. With that in mind, scientist colleagues from The Royal College of Pathologists have created an excellent on line workshop called Split Your Genes that has interactive elements and 'how to' modules for you to complete; these are also curriculum related. We are also grateful to RCPath for the gift of £100 Amazon vouchers that are available to a winning student.

In addition to Split Your Genes, there are 3 other modules covering:
Medical Physics

The aim of these modules is to enable healthcare scientists to share their experience of their professions and give you some information of how you may be able to become a healthcare scientist in the future.

We do appreciate that this time is challenging and that over the next months it may be a slow return to normal life; however, it is also a time of great learning and great advances in science. With worldwide collaboration of scientists and other healthcare professionals going forward, this will help protect all of us.

Lastly we hope that you find this on line resource useful and we urge you to complete the evaluation and to let us have any comments once you have completed the 4 modules. There is a short Quiz incorporated into the Feedback form and the students providing the highest number of correct answers will be entered into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher. Why not try your luck?

Stay alert and stay safe and we are really looking forward to seeing you again next year.

Kimberly Gilmour, Stuart Adams (Co-Chairs) and science4u Organising Group
Diagnosing diseases and specialised areas of Haematology
Taking images of your insides & treating diseases such as cancer
Get to grips with some key aspects of genetics and inheritance
A first step towards personalised medicine
Give us your feedback and enter the prize draw
science4u has been awarded the QAVS
See more videos in the Virtual Laboratory
See the members of this year's organising committee