Tuesday, 21 October 2014

UTC Transmits preview

It's just over a year since the Life Sciences UTC in Liverpool welcomed its first intake of students. Along the way there have been some noteworthy events and achievements, as well as challenges of course. However, tomorrow a group of leading researchers, educators and policy makers, will come together at the University of Liverpool to deliver a programme of talks, that would not look at all out of place at an International Scientific conference. The significance of the event should not be underestimated. It is the culmination of a year of overwhelmingly positive support from our partners in helping us "raise the game" of school level education. Y12 students will be given the opportunity to bring together their curriculum knowledge along with their innovation lab experiences and the broad range of enrichment experiences that are at the heart of the UTC. This new term has seen a thematic focus on Malaria and the challenges facing the world of infectious diseases. It could not have been more timely!

The scientific part of the programme will be delivered by senior academics whose research interests span genomics, through the application of molecular immunology and insecticide resistance mechanisms, to state of the art medicinal chemistry. In addition there will be presentations on the wider implications of Malaria from a societal and educational perspective. I look forward to introducing the speakers, engaging with the students and I shall report back on the highlights by the end of the week! For details see this week's UTC Home Page.

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