Schools’ Screening – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom & genetics talk

Free schools’ screening of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM with post-film talk from lecturer and TV broadcaster Dr Rhys Jones!

8th November 2018, 10am to 12.50pm, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Wales Gene Park and Into Film Cymru present a free, unique screening of the film Jurassic Work: Fallen Kingdom as part of the Into Film Festival 2018.

Film: It’s been four years since theme park Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Post-film talk: Dr Rhys Jones is a Cardiff University Lecturer, reptile specialist, environmental consultant, researcher and broadcaster for the BBC, The Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. Rhys has presented three series of the BBC One primetime network series “Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol”, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. He has also presented on Sir David Attenborough’s BBC “Saving Planet Earth” programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the BBC Natural History Unit. Rhys will lead an interactive session with the students, discussing the topics covered in the film and asking the question Just because it might be possible to genetically engineer a dinosaur, should we do it? Join us for what promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking event! 

Book via Info Film (spaces allocated on a first-come, first-served basis)

Recommended age group 11+

For further information phone 02920 746940 or email



Tuberous Sclerosis Study Day

Wednesday 10th October 2018, 10:00 – 16:00

Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH

Do you work in education, health or social care?

Would you like to know more about supporting children and adults with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC).  TSC is a genetic condition that can lead to growths in various organs of the body and affects people in a range of different ways.

Come along to our Free CPD Accredited study day on Wednesday 10th October at the Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff.

We have an exciting programme planned to include:

  • Introduction to genetics
  • Personal accounts of TSC
  • Workshops on autism, epilepsy, learning disability and managing mental health in TSC

To view the full agenda and to book your free place go to the Eventbrite page

Wales Gene Park at Wales Festival of Innovation 2018

The fast-moving and exciting areas of genetics and genomics were highlighted as Wales Gene Park took part in the Wales Festival of Innovation 2018. For the third year, the Gene Park’s Education and Engagement team delivered a series of events to coincide with the two week-long festival, which showcases innovation in Wales to a range of stakeholders.

The two-day Spotlight on Genomics event, held in Cardiff on 18th and 19th June, brought together experts to present the latest research and technological advances in aspects of genome editing and next generation sequencing. The meeting also provided a valuable networking opportunity for researchers, academics and industry representatives.

Spotlight on Genomics meeting, Cardiff, June 2018

On June 27th in Swansea, a Continuing Professional Development event for biology teachers was run in collaboration with Techniquest, STEM Learning Ltd and Swansea University. The Cutting-Edge Biology: Genetics & Genomics meeting was attended by over 30 A-level Biology teachers, with support from the ENTHUSE Bursary scheme. The day included a series of talks from expert speakers on subjects relevant to the WJEC A-level biology curriculum.

Prof. Sonia Consuegra (Swansea University) speaking at the Genetics & Genomics CPD event for Teachers, June 2018

Topics included Genetics, Cell Division and Cancer (Dr George Johnson, Swansea University), Current Developments in Crop Biotechnology (Professor Huw Jones, Aberystwyth University), Microbes and Genomes: Tackling the Antibiotic Crisis (Dr Cerith Jones, University of South Wales), The Role of Epigenetic Inheritance in Conservation Genetics (Dr Sonia Consuegra, Swansea University), Building Stem Cell Networks to Understand Heart Disease (Professor Chris George, Swansea University), Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Genetics (Dr Alex Murray, Cardiff University & All Wales Medical Genetics Service) and Bioinformatics (Professor Faron Moller, Swansea University). Teachers were also given a tour of the laboratory facilities at Swansea University.

In additional Wales Gene Park took its interactive Discovering DNA stand to the public-facing Technovate event – a fun and informal showcase of local academic and business organisations – on June 16th at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay. Following the very positive feedback from event attendees, the Gene Park is already looking forward to taking part again in 2019!

Wales Gene Park’s Discovering DNA stand at Technovate 2018




4th Annual Rare Disease Patient Network Meeting, Wales

Thursday 18th October 2018, 10:00 – 14:45

Holiday Inn Hotel, Cardiff, CF10 1XD

Join us for our fourth annual Rare Disease Patient Network meeting, which will bring together patients, families, health professionals and researchers with an interest in rare diseases. Attendees will receive updates about the latest developments in rare diseases and genomics and will also hear patient perspectives of living with rare, genetic conditions. Professor Fiona Verity from Swansea University will be hosting a workshop about social care research in order to improve opportunities for patients and families to undertake research in this area. There will also be time for discussion and questions with our experts and opportunities for networking. The full agenda will be circulated in due course.

Lunch and refreshments provided

This event is FREE but you must register to attend via Eventbrite please register as soon as possible as places are limited. You are invited to share the opportunity with your networks.

Patient groups are invited to have a stand at the event which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact to book your place.

For more information, please contact Wales Gene Park’s Policy & Engagement Manager in Wales, Emma Hughes –



Sixth Form Genetics Conference – booking now open!

Tuesday 20th November 2018, William Aston Hall, Wrexham

Wednesday 28th November 2018 St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Spotlight on Genetics and Genomics will be the 8th Wales Gene Park Sixth Form Genetics Conference. Aimed at year 12 and 13 biology students, this free event will look at how discoveries in the rapidly-advancing areas of DNA, genetics and genomics are being applied to aspects of everyday life. Talks, delivered by experts in the field, will include…….

  • Introductory talks on DNA, Genetics and Genomics
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Genetics
  • The Genetics of Sleep
  • The Genetics of Ageing and the Quest for Immortality
  • DNA Analysis in Forensic Science
  • The Genetics of Society
  • Astrobiology

……..amongst other exciting, current topics!

Confirmed speakers include Dr Claire Asher (Science Communicator), Dr Sue Assinder (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), John Holt (University of Leicester), Professor Peter Kille (Cardiff University), Dr Joao Pedro de Magalhães (University of Liverpool), Dr Alex Murray (All Wales Medical Genetics Service & Cardiff University), Amy Rattenbury (Glyndwr University), Dr Katie Swaden Lewis (Cardiff University)….and more. NB: the programme will vary between venues due to the availability of speakers

There will also be interactive stands, with activities and careers information, for students to visit.

Booking form available here

For further details phone 02920 746940 or email:

























Genetics & Genomics CPD for Biology Teachers

Cutting Edge Biology: Genetics & Genomics CPD event for Biology Teachers

9am to 3.30pm, 27th June 2018, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP

Join Wales Gene Park,  Techniquest and Swansea University Medical School to learn more about the latest advances in the fast-moving field of genetics and genomics. Bring cutting-edge biology into your secondary classroom with expert talks and an interactive bioinformatics session.

We are running a one-day Genetics & Genomics CPD workshop for teachers. The day will include a series of talks from expert speakers on subjects relevant to the WJEC AS/A-level biology curriculum (topics include cancer genetics; current developments in crop biotechnology, including gene editing; antibiotic resistance; biodiversity and conservation; stem cells), followed by a hands-on bioinformatics session and there will also be a Swansea University Medical School Showcase.

Funding: this course is subsidised by STEM LEARNING Ltd as part of their RCUK programme. There is NO COST and teachers will be eligible for a £180 ENTHUSE/RCUK bursary.

To apply go to:

Lunch and refreshments provided.

For further information please contact:



















Join us for the third ‘3G’ public genetics conference!

Genetics and Genomics for the 3rd Generation (3G) Conference: A public event about DNA, genetics and genomics

10am to 3pm, 13th June 2018, Holiday Inn, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1XD

Like to find out more about the fascinating field of DNA, genetics and genomics and discover how it affects our everyday lives? Join us for the 3rd Wales Gene Park 3G conference!

Hear expert talks on topics including:

  • Avoiding Dementia – what can be done?
  • The Genetics of Sleep: Implications for Physical and Mental Health
  • Family History & Ancestry
  • Genomics and Medicine

And more…..

Join us all day or drop in for some the talks (talks are 20 mins. with time for questions with our expert speakers, and a 5 minute break between talks to drop-in or out). There will also be a range of interactive stands showcasing some of the latest research and projects in Wales!

The event is aimed at members of the public over 50, but everyone is welcome! Refreshments and lunch provided!

Attendance is FREE. Registration required via Eventbrite:

Further information: email or phone 02920 746940

Spotlight on Genomics: 18th – 19th June 2018

Spotlight on Genomics: 18th – 19th June 2018, Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff City Centre

Wales Gene Park invites you to join us for a two-day meeting entitled ‘Spotlight on Genomics’. Day One will focus on genome editing and Day Two will feature next generation sequencing-related technologies. Due to an increase in sponsorship obtained, we are able to offer 40 places free of charge.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so register today to avoid disappointment.

This event will bring together research communities (academic, clinical and commercial) within Wales and the surrounding regions to hear about the latest advances in these exciting areas and showcase expertise and research interests. There will also be opportunities for networking and developing collaborations.

Each day will include keynote speakers, short talks and presentations from selected poster submissions. In addition, exhibits and dedicated sessions of short talks from sponsoring companies will provide delegates with an opportunity to discover more about the latest technological advances.

If you have any queries, please email or to reserve a place, please complete and return the attached registration form.



Research Study: What do you think genetic counselling is?

Are you or your family member affected by or at risk of a genetic condition?

Want to improve the quality of genetic counselling services and how they communicate with patients?

At Cardiff University, we are seeking the views of people from families affected by genetic condition, but who have NOT (yet) had genetic counselling themselves, to try and understand what people may expect from the service.

We are asking the question: ‘What do members of families affected by genetic conditions think genetic counselling is?’ Finding an answer will help the service to understand what patients expect, and develop effective ways to communicate with patients and families.

Taking part will involve an interview that can be done in person, by telephone or via Skype, whichever is most convenient for you.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Marion McAllister on or 029 2251 0811 who can send you a Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form.