Centre for Inflammation Research

Science Insights 2019

August 2019: The Centre participated, once again, in Science Insights - an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

The annual Science Insights programme – launched in 2014 by the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh – now involves all five research institutes in the University's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, providing access to its cutting-edge facilities and inspiring researchers.

Science Insights provides an opportunity for 40 high school pupils to spend a week of their summer holidays following a varied programme of activities on four different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in biological sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Activities include: Shadowing researchers in the workplace; Tours of a range of scientific facilities; Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science; Opportunities to meet current University of Edinburgh students; Skills session to help with future university and job applications.

Image of Science insights pupils learning cell culture techniques
Science insights pupils learning cell culture techniques

Researchers from the Centre for Inflammation Research were once again involved, offering a range of lab taster sessions. These are opportunities for the pupils to get their white coats on and try some techniques in the laboratory, as well as discuss careers with students, technicians, postdocs and senior research staff. Thanks to Shonna Johnston and the Flow Cytometry facility staff, Manuel Sanchez Garcia and other members of Sarah Walmsley’s group, Jennifer Shelley and other members of Donald J Davidson’s group, Jennifer Marshall and other members of David Dockrell’s group, and Carsten Hansen’s group.

“The pupils clearly enjoyed being able to chat to active researchers and discuss different careers in biological science and medicine”  Professor D J Davidson.

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