Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival
A family-friendly science festival for anyone interested in science and medicine from teenagers to adults (and big kids!) of any age.
2020 Festival is postponed until next summer due to the current health situation
10th festival to be held on 16 June 2021. For more details watch this space.
Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 2019
On 19th June 2019 schools across London attended the ninth edition of the festival, speakers were Dr Mohammed Khanji (Barts Health Trust), Dr Christopher Primus (Queen Mary) and Centre of the Cell. Exhibitors included Community Smiles (Dentistry), Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre and Barts Bioresource.
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On 20th June 2018 students from schools across London attended the eighth edition of the festival which was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Barts Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), the NHS Trust and Trials Connect. Exhibitions at the festival included a peak flow meter where visitors could test their lung capacity, a stand measuring heart size and a knitted retina.
On 21st June 2017 students from schools across London attended the seventh edition of the festival which was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Barts Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), the NHS Trust and Trials Connect. Exhibitors at the festival included Let’s Talk Hearts (free heart talks for the general public supported by the BRC), the Centre of the Cell, Bart’s Health Trust, Sports and Exercise Medicine (QMUL) and the UCL Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology. Students joined in on visual and hands-on demonstrations of how some brain power cells (mitochondria) work and how ultrasound is used to diagnose arthritis and see the ‘inside’ of our joints using medical equipment.
The 2016 festival was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Barts Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Trials Connect and received a generous grant from the QMUL Alumni Annual Fund, which aims to provide additional funds for students and staff who wish to improve the student experience, encourage community engagement and promote academic achievement.
Exhibitors at the festival included Let’s Talk Hearts (free heart talks for the general public supported by NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Barts the Farr Institute) with a demonstration on how to extract DNA from a banana, and Venture Thinking (the organization that supports Tim Peake the astronaut) using paper and straws to show what healthy bones look like.
Talks included a panel of volunteer patients from Trials Connect speaking about their experiences of taking part in a clinical trial. Trials Connect is an educational project in lifelong and shared learning. Inspired by the work of the William Harvey Clinical Research Centre it draws on the experience and professional expertise of current and previous clinical trials patients.