QMUL Science Festival

19th June 2019

I am pleased to report that Jane Batchelor, Centre & Events Manager Barts NIHR BRC, and her helpers managed to put on an enjoyable and successful Festival again this year with good feedback. Adding anything more to this may be superfluous — but I’ll do it anyway.

The preparations for the event were a little more challenging this year because, responding to feedback received last year, Jane had to find more schools and sufficient numbers of older students for our audience. Some changes to QMUL’s rules meant she could not use our regular photographer so had to find a new one. Another difficulty was that some of our regular exhibitors could not attend because they were either attending another event or were ‘exhibited out’ — they had attended the QMUL Community Event the preceding weekend. Jane responded in her usual thorough way, however, and still managed to put together a good and interesting range of exhibitors.

It is worth mentioning that to improve the running of the event this year Jane had more helpers. This improved the smooth running and made it more enjoyable for everyone. The helpers were fully briefed so they knew what was expected. We also put up gentle reminders of our rules about not making a noise during talks and by and large this worked.

This year the Speakers were

1.    Dr Mohammed Khanji, whose talk was entitled Stay Active, Stay Alive;


3.    Dr Christopher Primus who told us how to keep our hearts beating and the science behind our f’ive-a-day’;


5.    The Centre of the Cell educated and entertained us on the delights of Snot.


The speakers excelled and all three talks were both interesting and informative — pitched just right. The audience were well behaved and very receptive to the talks and interested in the displays in the hall.

The exhibitors were excellent and managed to engage and interest all the students (and adults). They deserve thanks and congratulations for their successful efforts:

1. TrialsConnect

2. Let’s Talk Hearts

3. Life Science Image Awards – Photography competition

4. Vicky Rockell – School of Engineering and Materials Science – medical implants

5. Barts Health – Childrens Health

6. CLAHRC North Thames – peak flow meter/game

7. Centre of the Cell

8. Rheumatology – arthritis gloves

9. Barts BioResource

10. Nursing

11. Moorfields – infra red camera – eye diseases

12. Community Smiles (dentistry)

13. Welcome Trust – tumour jigsaw puzzle and game/virtual reality headset

Good job all and thanks to them all!

TRIALSCONNECT has worked alongside

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