genomics futures student symposium 2021

join us for our first virtual symposium for pupils in year 10 upwards

Genomics Futures: Student Symposium 2021

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 10am-3pm

In Year 10 or higher? Considering further study in biology or data science? Join us for our first virtual symposium to gain insight into the world of genomics and bioscience. 

Over the course of the day, you'll hear from scientists, technicians and data scientists from the Wellcome Genome Campus, take part in activities, get tips on applying to college, university or work, and hear about the cutting edge science that's been happening on the Campus. 

Register here:

Programme outline - available to download as a pdf at the bottom of this webpage

10:00-10:25 Session 1: Welcome session and keynote: the future of genomics.

10:30-11:15 Session 2: Your next steps - applying to 6th form, university or work

  • Option A) Post-16 - Application and transition to A Level
  • Option B) Post-18 - Application and transition to University
  • Option C) Post-16 and Post-18 - Alternate routes and applying for work

11:20-12:05 Session 3: Activity break-out sessions

  • Option A) Genome Sequencing Ethics - students will hear about a case study in genomic ethics, and will be encouraged to consider the ethics around genome sequencing and data protection. Suitable for whole-class engagement. 

  • Option B) Microbit coding activity - students will have a go at coding and see how its used in bioscience, through the use of microbit. *requires individual student access to a PC (not tablet/phone)*

12:05-13:00 Lunch break, no sessions. Links to external resources, activities and events will be available for students and teachers to access. 

13:00-13:45 Session 4: Meet the Scientist Sessions. Students will have the opportunity to hear from early career researchers, apprentices and technical staff from the Wellcome Genome Campus about different jobs and routes into genomics, and will be able to ask the scientists questions about their work and career path. 

13:50-2:25 Session 5: Lightning talks - cutting edge research on the Wellcome Genome Campus. Students will hear about three areas of cutting-edge research happening on Campus: from our work on sequencing coronavirus, understanding biodiversity in the UK, and understanding public opinions of data usage in health and medicine.

2:30-3:00 Session 6: Closing session

Who is it for?

This event is for students in Year 10 - Year 12 (or equivalents, students aged 15+). Teachers can book on for their whole class - to either broadcast the symposium for a whole class or for individual students to access via a computer classroom or personal laptops/devices, or sixth form students can book for themselves to attend during study periods.

Which schools are eligible?

We welcome secondary schools from across the UK to join us for this event. In the event that this event becomes over-subscribed, priority will be given to schools in our target areas and criteria (state schools in the East Midlands and East of England in an area of high deprivation, low social mobility or with a high percentage of pupil premium). 

How do I sign up?

Tickets for individual students and groups will be available through eventbrite shortly - a link will be added here when sign up is live. Make sure you're signed up to our Education Update newsletter to be the first to know when tickets are available. 

Early bird tickets will be available to some of our target schools. 

Will it be recorded/accessable after the date?

Yes - if you sign up for any session, you will have access to the recordings of all sessions to watch back up to two weeks after the event. Some sessions, such as the activity break-out sessions and AMA sessions, will be best attended live to fully take part. 

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