Lesley Carr talks to the attendees about why they love this event

The 5th Schools Science Conference comprised the following exciting sessions:

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Science for Interaction
    • Science in Practice – Interactive stands
    • A Day in the Life of…  – Interactive Workshop
    • Round Table Discussions – Interactive Workshop
    • Café Scientifique  – Interactive Workshop
  • Science for Inspiration
    • Keynote speeches
  • Round-up & Prize Giving

Science for Interaction

Science in Practice

Interactive Exhibits 
Meet the Scientists and Healthcare Professionals

Hands-on interactive sessions where you meet scientists, try out some scientific equipment, undertake scientific assessments, answer questions for prizes and learn how science is applied to healthcare.

AND don’t forget to ask scientists what they do and why they love their jobs.

Science in Health and Life

Interactive talk 

  • Introduction
    • Don Henderson
      Consulltant Clinical Scientist and Divisional Manager for Immunology, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust

A Day in the Life of…

Interactive workshops on healthcare careers

A Day in the Life of a…

  • Occupational Therapist Working in Orthopaedics
    • Marie Callanan and Sumaira Rizvi
      Specialist Occupational Therapists, The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sleep Scientist
    • Mary J Morrell
      Senior Lecturer / Wellcome Trust University Award Fellow, Imperial College
  • Microbiologist
    • Maureen Chadwick
      Principal Biomedical Scientist – Microbiology, The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
  • Clinical Virologist
    • Dr Mark Atkins
      Consultant Virologist, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Plastic Surgeon
    • Mr Niall Kirkpatrick
      Consultant Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
  • Speech and Language Therapist
    • Anna Ostmeier and Antonia Aldous
      Speech and Language Therapists working with paediatric caseloads, Hounslow PCT
  • Nuclear Medicine and PET Radiographer
    • Bernadette Cronin
      Service Lead / Clinical Specialist Radiographer for Nuclear Medicine and PET, The Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Defense Against Bioterrorism Scientist
    • Dr Rebecca Ingram
      Research Associate, Imperial College
  • Physiotherapy in Learning Disabilities
    • Agnieszka Lang 
      Physiotherapist, West London Mental Health Trust
      • Tony Hegarty
        Superintendent Physiotherapy, West London Mental Health Trust
  • Pandemic and Avian Flu Expert
    • Dr Jonathan Van Tam
      Consultant Epidemiologist, Health Protection Agency

Round Table Discussions

 Interactive workshops

This is an opportunity for students to engage directly with scientists and professionals in a related field and for them to put forward their views on various topics and for a debate to take place with a student vote at the end. Each Discussion Group will be lead by a volunteer scientist/facilitator who will stimulate the students to take part. 

Students will have the opportunity to attend two Sessions in which there will be 7 different topics, see below, plus Café Scientifique. The students will gain entry to the initial group on a first come first served basis so, if you would like to see your students take part in a particular group, please make sure you arrive timely. There will be up to 20 students only per group. Facilitators will move round one after 20 minutes so that students are exposed to another facilitator and another debate.

To help with the topic sessions, we have suggested that each scientist / facilitator produces: 

  • A briefing sheet with facts about their topic
  • Questions for the students to consider
  • Questions that the students might vote on

These are the topics:

  • Topic 1 – Ethics: Who deserves a transplant? 
    • Sue Alexander 
      Head of Pathology, Royal Marsden Hospitals 
      • There are too few available organ transplants for the number of potential recipients. The facts and social history of transplantation will be discussed together with the merits of different potential recipients. The students will be asked to vote who should receive a transplant and for their views on having an opt-in or opt-out approach to being an organ donor. 
  • Topic 2 – Communications & Cancer Awareness 
    • Louisa Mullan 
      Science Press Manager, Cancer Research UK 
      • What are the best ways of communicating the effects of lifestyle upon health and quality of life? Look at the media and other methods of communication. 
  • Topic 3 – Stem Cell Transplant Donors – Matching, Selection, Informing and Concerns 
    • Penny Owens 
      Paediatric BMT Co-ordinator, Royal Marsden Hospital 
      • This session will give a brief overview of the tissue typing process and selection criteria for matching stem cell transplant donors and recipients. The session will also briefly introduce the Human Tissue Authority, their Codes of Practice and guidance for transplant teams and the impact this has had on donor selection. The students will be asked to comment on a number of donor issues (time dependent) such as lower age l imits, use of donors lacking mental capacity, consent and donor consent withdrawal. 
  • Topic 4 – What are employers looking for? How to showcase yourself! 
    • Kay Roberts 
      Manager, Education Programmes, GlaxoSmithKline 
      • This session will look at how to create a positive impression when applying for a job or course. The students will be asked to explore stereotypical impressions by being shown pictures of a various people and asked to match the picture to the job. They will also discuss the rights and wrongs of the dress code for different jobs. Students will also be provided with advice on making an application, writing a CV, and how to put themselves across well at an interview. 
  • Topic 5 – The Society Health & Development Diploma 
    • Sharon Ensor 
      Programme Manager (14-19 Diploma), Skills for Health 
    • Carol Pryce 
      Project Manager (Employer Engagement 14-19 Diploma), Skills for Health 
      • What the new 14-19 Diploma has to offer. 
  • Topic 6 – Live to Eat: Eat to Live – Is there a difference? 
    • Professor Gary Frost 
      Chair in Nutrition and Dietetics, Division of Investigative Science, Imperial College London 
      • The importance of food for growth, development, health and well-being and more. 
  • Topic 7 – No Pain Without Gain 
    • Danya Cohen 
      Head of Laboratory Operations, Pathology Non-acute Services, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 
      • Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.Exploring the good and the bad about scientific discoveries. 

Café Scientifique 

Interactive workshops
Robert Barski, The Association for Clinical Biochemistry 
Hedley Glencross, Institute of Biomedical Science 

Café Scientifique is an informal forum for debating science issues hosted by scientists actively working in laboratory medicine. Café Scientifique is committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Science for Inspiration

Peak Fitness 

Keynote Speaker
Hugh Montgomery

Low oxygen supplies are common to patients of all ages: children with holes in the heart or with cystic fibrosis, or adults on intensive care, or with heart or lung disease. Yet some live and some die. Why? Why does one adapt to low oxygen and another not? The way to find out is to take doctors to the top of Mount Everest, and experiment on them. This is their story. 

Hugh obtained a degree in circulatory and respiratory physiology, and qualified as a doctor in 1987. He has since accredited as a consultant in Intensive Care, Cardiology and Medicine, and works as a consultant in Intensive Care. He runs the Institute for Human Health and Performance, and much of his research is aimed at understanding how humans cope with low oxygen levels. To this end, he was research Lead for the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition of 2007. Hugh is also a best-selling children’s author. 

Hugh Montgomery
UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance

Science for Inspiration

The Delights of Chemistry

Keynote Speaker
Mike Hoyland

A mixture of exciting and dynamic classical chemistry experiments designed to rekindle the joy of learning. With scientific explanations throughout, the flashes and bangs are not entirely gratuitous! A key theme will consider the three fundamental forms of energy and, in particular, where the energy that we need for our life processors comes from, how it gets to us, and what we do with it. Think small.
Warning: loud bangs, and a barking dog. May contain crisps! 

Science Lecture Demonstrations was formed in 2001 by Mike Hoyland whilst he was employed by the University of Leeds as Demonstrations Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. The University wanted someone to be their ‘public face of science’, specifically to undertake outreach work in schools and colleges, as well as public lectures within the University, to encourage people of all ages to take an active interest in science subjects. From this, Mike put together his ‘Roadshow’; an exciting and virtually unique lecture which included dozens of spectacular experiments and demonstrations, to present live to audiences all over the country. As his reputation became more widespread, Mike was increasingly in demand by the media, and many of his demonstrations have been filmed by television production companies. Mike took early retirement from Leeds University in August 2005. 

Mike Hoyland
Science Lecture Demonstrations, Delightful chemistry 

Science in Health and Life

The 5th Annual Schools Science Conference took place on 12th March 2008

Kensington Town Hall

Hornton Street
W8 7NX

Healthcare Science Ambassadors of the Year!

The NHS Chief Scientific Officer’s prestigious Healthcare Science Ambassadors Award has been awarded to the Annual Schools Science Conference.