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Event description
Event details
Sample timetable

Event description
The Biomedical Horizons project partners proposed to hold 3 days of free events focussing on biomedical science and career paths available within this sector. The intended audience for these events were family groups, young people (10+) and adults.

The events consisted of:

  • Hands-on workshops on biomedical topics with discussion facilitated by role models from a diverse range of biomedical careers.
  • Role model interviews conducted by workshop participants exploring what working in biomedical science entails 'day to day'.
  • A drop-in exhibition with interactive stands hosted by companies / organisations giving a broad overview of careers and illustrating the impact biomedical science has on everyday life.
  • An opportunity for some participants to arrange work experiences with contributing organisations, facilitated by Careers Scotland.
  • Interaction and discussion were the cornerstone of the events.

The workshop topics were:

  • Antibiotic Antics - testing for disease and the use of antibiotics
  • Making Medicines - the involvement of Chemistry in the development of medicines
  • Building Bones - exploring how tissue engineering could be used to repair and replace bones

Following the events, the interviews were used to produce a peer-led careers resource. The resource contains descriptions of 31 different jobs written by young people for young people. There are also tips for arranging work-placements from a work placement host, activity ideas and a summary of our learning from the project. Visit the Resources page to download a free copy of the resource.

Event Details

DateThursday 2nd March 2006
Time10am - 4.30pm
AudienceOver 230 Secondary School pupils (S2-S6 ) and teachers attended from Edinburgh, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
VenueEdinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Rd, Edinburgh (running in parallel with Opportunities 2006 organised by Careers Scotland in Edinburgh)
DateFriday 16th June 2006
Time9.30am - 4.15pm
AudienceOver 200 Secondary School pupils (S2-S6 ) and teachers attended from Edinburgh, East Lothian, Falkirk, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.
VenueFountain Park Leisure Complex, Dundee St, Edinburgh
DateSaturday 17th June 2006
Time12pm - 5pm
AudienceOver 100 young people (10+ yrs) and adults dropped in on the day including: adult returners to education, secondary school pupils and their families and people thinking about their career options.
VenueFountain Park Leisure Complex, Dundee St, Edinburgh

Sample timetable

Typical visits lasted approximately 2hrs with time slots beginning throughout the day. Here is a sample timetable for a time slot beginning at 10am:

10.00amarrive and registration
10.15am - 11.15amhands-on science workshop (including time to interview people who work in the area)
Choose from:
· Bioengineering workshop / Building Bones
· Antibiotics workshop / Antibiotic Antics
· Developing New Medicines workshop / Making Medicines
11.15am - 11.30amcomfort break
11.30am - 12.00pm
browse round the drop-in exhibits
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