Science Insights

Science Insights

Science Insights is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

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 many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

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

Activities include:

  • Shadowing researchers in their workplaces
  • 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 applications

What Science Insights Alumni say

“The lab taster sessions are a great opportunity to get to know more about university life and study, on a one-to-one basis”

“The science insights team made everyone feel involved and planned an amazing and insightful week that I won’t forget.”

“It was extraordinarily worthwhile.  If next year’s SI students are going to have anything near my experience then they should know they are in for something special.”

Applications for Science Insights 2020 are now open. Complete our online application form by 5pm Monday 27 April 2020. 

Researchers and students from across the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine participate in Science Insights.

Stories from our Science Insights Alumni and about the programme.

A selection of images from past Science Insights weeks.