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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.

QMUL Science Festival

The 2020 Festival was postponed until 2021 due to Covid 19. The 10th festival is planned for June 2021, but again due to the current health situation, we are still planning what shape this may take. For updates and further details please continue to watch this space. 

Centre of the Cell

Like science? Want to know about some fun educational activities you can do at home? See the following link below for some great activities from Centre of the Cell: https://www.centreofthecell.org/learn-play/home-resources/

Centre of the Cell has regularly taken part in Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival, see previous festivals below.

Previous festivals

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. Read a full report here

Want to know what Moorfields thought of the festival? Read the article here

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 2018

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.

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 2017

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 brainpower cells (mitochondria) work and how ultrasound is used to diagnose arthritis and see the ‘inside’ of our joints using medical equipment.

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 2016 

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.