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Public Engagement

The Institute of Bioengineering is active in public engagment through a variety of events and activities which showcase some of the outstanding bioengineering research and teaching at Queen Mary.

Festival of Communities 2018 – tell us how you’d like to take part

The Festival of Communities is returning for its third year on the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. It brings together QMUL staff and students, community organisations and local residents to explore living and learning in Tower Hamlets. The Festival is a collaboration between Queen Mary and local-based organisations, and over 3,500 visitors joined us last year.

The Festival team is looking for QMUL staff and students to take part by showcasing our research, teaching, and other Queen Mary projects by running a hands-on activity, demonstration, stall, performance, talk, workshop, exhibition or another way – they are open to new, fun, and creative ideas! You can discuss your ideas at one of the upcoming drop-in sessions, or complete the online form to submit your activity. Funding is also available for staff and PhD students to design a new or adapt an existing activity, of up to £500 per project.

Below are just some of the examples of our bioengineering public engagement activity:

Bioengineers for a Day

The J4s (age 10 years) returned for their second visit to Queen Mary University of London. The children took part in hands on investigative activities and met scientists working in cutting-edge research at the Institute of Bioengineering. Activities included making biomaterials with seaweed that could be used to grow cells or pink beans using sugars. Both types of biomaterials are used to grow tissues found in cartilage and are being used to repair diseases such as osteoarthritis. The children stretched tendons and investigated why exercise helps to keep the tissues strong and healthy.
The IOB scientists explained new ideas about how bioengineering could change the future of medical healthcare. The scientists explained why it is important to stretch cells in soft tissues such as tendon or the amniotic membrane. For example, stretching or exercise keeps the amniotic membrane strong and protects the baby as she grows inside the mother’s womb.
Two quotes from the children: "The bioengineering experience has made me think about what I want to be when I get older." “This has been an awesome experience.”
Dr Chowdhury who leads the pioneering scheme commented on the visit: “Events like the Bioengineering Experience are great for children since it takes the science out of the classroom and gives children a real opportunity to expand their horizon with hands on lab activities. These state-of-the-art techniques are the future of research and are used in the real bioengineering world.” The project is funded by the Rosetrees Trust and QMUL’s Centre for Public Engagement.

You can watch a short video of the event by clicking here

Bionic Man at the Big Bang

The Queen Mary, Institute of Bioengineering, has presented an interactive stand at the Big Bang Science Festivals since 2011. The stand highights some of the exciting research we are doing in Bioengineering with particular emphasis on the development of medical implants. Our interactive has been highly successful attracting over 2000 visitors on each occasion.

Bioengineering interactive at the Centre of the Cell

The award winning Centre of the Cell science centre at Queen Mary University of London, hosts bioengineering interactives related to tissue engineering, in particular the development of tissue engineering cartilage and tissue engineered skin. Staff have also presented public lectures through the outreach programme at the Centre of the Cell.

Bioengineering film for primary schools

Prof Knight (School of Engineering and Materials Science) has been filmed by the YES Programme as part of a series of films explaining the importance of maths and science in a wide variety of jobs. In this film Prof Knight explains about Medical Engineering as a rewarding and important career.


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