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Press release - 22 May 2006
Press release - 24 Feb 2006

Press Release
22 May 2006

Is a biomedical career on your horizons?

A free hands-on science careers event in Edinburgh will let everyone find out more about careers in biomedical science.

Visitors to the Biomedical Horizons event on 17 June will be able to have a go at diagnosing a disease, designing a new drug or engineering a way to repair bones in a choice of hands-on workshops. As well as finding out more about biomedical science, visitors can find out about different career options by talking to people working in the field. A drop-in exhibition of interactive stands will illustrate the impact of biomedical science on everyday life and the diversity of career opportunities and career pathways. Some participants will also be given the opportunity to pursue biomedical work experiences with employers involved in the project.

The Biomedical Horizons initiative brings together biomedical employers, practitioners, career specialists and local authority representatives. The June event follows a successful event held in March for secondary school pupils. A second day for secondary pupils is being held the day before the general public event, on the 16th of June.

The free event will take place on Friday 16 June (school groups: S2-S5) and Saturday 17 June (general public) at Fountain Park Leisure Complex, Dundee Street, Edinburgh.

Photographers are welcome to attend the workshops on: Friday 16 June at Fountain Park Leisure Complex from 11.00-12:30 and Saturday 17 June at the same venue from 13:00-14:30.

Visit the Biomedical Horizons website at http://horizons.bio.ed.ac.uk for more details.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Briony Curtis, project manager
Tel: 0845 6 127 927
Email: briony.curtis@chiggs.f2s.com

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Press Release
24 Feb 2006

Career events may open new horizons for biomedical hopefuls

Two hands-on science events in Edinburgh will let secondary school pupils - and the wider general public - decide whether they would like to follow a career in biomedical science.

The Biomedical Horizons initiative - which has organised three one-day events on 2 March and 16/17 June - will bring together local employers, scientists, career specialists and local authority representatives. As well as finding out more about career options, those attending can find out more about the subject by talking to experts working in the field. Interactive stands will illustrate the impact of biomedical science on everyday life and the diversity of career opportunities. Some participants will also be given the opportunity to pursue biomedical work experiences with employers involved in the project.

Although the impact of biomedical sciences on everyday life is increasing, the number of people embarking on science careers, or studying science at school, is falling. Now the Scottish Initiative for Biotechnology Education (SIBE) and the School of Chemistry - both at the University of Edinburgh - have received a Wellcome Trust award to raise awareness of the discipline.

Jan Barfoot, deputy director of SIBE, commented:

"The Biomedical Horizons project aims to show not only the diversity of careers in biomedical science but also the range of possible career pathways. We would very much like to hear from individuals and organisations involved with biomedical science who would like to get involved in the event, either as someone working in biomedicine or by hosting stands/work experiences."

The free events will take place on 2 March at the Corn Exchange, New Market Road, for school groups (S2-S5), and on Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June at Fountain Park Leisure Complex, Dundee Street, Edinburgh.

Photographers are welcome to attend the workshops on: Thursday 2 March at Edinburgh Corn Exchange from 11.00-12:30 and Friday 16 June at Fountain Park Leisure Complex from 11.00-12:30.

Visit the Biomedical Horizons website at http://horizons.bio.ed.ac.uk for more details.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Briony Curtis, project manager
Tel: 0845 6 127 927
Email: briony.curtis@chiggs.f2s.com

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