Previous Engagement Events

'Meet the Researcher' Showcase in Edinburgh

The second Meet the Researcher Showcase for senior school pupils took place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on Friday 9th March [read about the first one]. The two-part event incorporated short careers talks from two of our current grantholders and 10 poster displays of the research carried out by some others of our grantholders and former Vacation Scholars .

About 40 senior pupils and some teachers from schools throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders, took part in the event, which gave them the opportunity to engage directly with young researchers, learning more about their research and talking about the options available when considering a career in biomedicine. For some of the researchers, this was the first occasion when they had to rise to the challenge of explaining their research in an entertaining way, to interested people a little younger than themselves, but lacking any specialist knowledge. The aim of the event is to support the development of those whom we support as well as encouraging the next generation of clinical and biomedical researchers.

The posters, which can all be downloaded in pdf by selecting from the list below, were chosen to demonstrate the breadth and variety of the research we fund.

The Showcase not only helped to raise awareness of Medical Research Scotland and the work it does, but also demonstrated its commitment to supporting young scientists and also encouraging the next generation of researchers.

Joanna Parish talking to three pupils

Dr Joanna Parish, a project grantholder, explaining aspects of her research aimed at finding better ways to treat HPV infections.

Catriona Neil talks to a pupil

A Vacation Scholar in 2011, medical student Catriona Neil talking about her project work on skin photosensitivity.

Tom Carson talks to a pupil

Chemistry student Tom Carson, recipient of a Vacation Scholarship in 2010, explaining his project work on the role of resveratrol in maintaining a healthy heart.