Biomedical HorizonsFunded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Edinburgh
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Project Aims & Objectives
The aim of Biomedical Horizons was to raise awareness and spark discussion about biomedical science, careers and their role in society by engaging the public in exploration and discussion with practitioners. We intended to highlight the range and diversity of biomedical science and put it into the context of real people and the reality of their working lives.

We achieved this by:

Objectiveholding a series of events, involving practitioners, which were both informative and good fun - see the Events page for further details.
Objectiveproducing a resource focussing on biomedical careers for dissemination across Scotland - download a copy of the resource from the Resources page.
Objectiveproviding a mechanism within the events for arranging work experience opportunities.
Objectivesharing our learning from the project - see the Resources page for a copy of the final report.

Core Funding
Our core funding was provided by a Wellcome Trust People Award.

Project Partners
The project partners were:

PartnerProfessor Mary Bownes - Vice Principal of Edinburgh University and director of the Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education (SIBE)
PartnerDr Elizabeth Stevenson - School of Chemistry, Edinburgh University
PartnerDr Jan Barfoot - deputy director of the Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education (SIBE)
PartnerDr Briony Curtis - freelance science communicator & project manager

Representatives from the following organisations were also involved in the project steering group: Edinburgh University Careers Service, Careers Scotland, Edinburgh University Schools Recruitment & Admissions (SRA), Lothian Hospitals, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and Edinburgh City Council.

Project Contributors
The following organisations were involved in the events on 2nd March and 16th & 17th June 2006 (hosting stands and participating in the workshops) and/or offered work experience opportunities. We would like to thank these organisations for their support and involvement in the project.

University of AberdeenMoredun Research Institute
Ardana PlcMurgitroyd and Company
Careers ScotlandMusculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Collaboration, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh Careers ServiceNapier University
(including Herbal Medicine)
Chest, Heart & Stroke ScotlandQiagen
City of Edinburgh Council
City of Edinburgh Council Crosshouse Hospital
Queen Margaret University College
Crosshouse HospitalNHS Lothian
EastCHEMScottish Colleges Biotechnology Consortium
Fitness Assessment And Sports Injuries Centre (FASIC)
University of Edinburgh

FountainParkStudent Recruitment & Admissions
University of Edinburgh
HaptogenThe Forensic Institute
IngenzaTissue Services, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Services
Lux BiotechnologyTower Mains Limited
Marks and ClerkUniversity of Edinburgh
Mast Group LtdUpstate
Now part of Millipore
Medical Physics Science Communication Team, University of Edinburgh
Wellcome Trust
Monklands HospitalWellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

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