Education and Public Engagement

We focus on enhancing the awareness and understanding of genetics, engaging with health and science professionals, schools, colleges, and the public.  

New genetic and genomic knowledge has profound implications for healthcare and society at large. Through our education and engagement activities the Wales Gene Park enhances the understanding of genetics and genomics throughout Wales and further afield, making access to information easier and facilitating an informed debate among professionals, young people and the public at large.

What we do

We are unique in working with higher education institutes, schools, the NHS, the wider public and the commercial sector in drawing on established strengths in genetics in Wales to deliver innovative education initiatives for these disparate groups. View Wales Gene Park’s Education and Engagement highlights for 2015 and 2016.

 

1. Schools and Colleges

Genetics Roadshow with year 12 & 13 biology students

The Wales Gene Park works closely with teachers to deliver educational events to students throughout Wales and bordering counties.

These include:

  • Sixth form conferences
  • Genetics Roadshows
  • Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events
  • Living with Genetic Conditions

 

 

Teachers’ Genetics Network

Teachers’ Genetics Network newsletters

Established in 2006, Wales Gene Park’s Teachers’ Genetics Network now has over 400 members. Free to join, members receive a termly newsletter containing articles on current genetics and genomics-related issues, as well as information on relevant websites educational resources and forthcoming events. Members are also encouraged to send in articles and feedback with comments and requests for future issues.

For further information please contact Rhian Morgan, Education and Engagement Officer: morganrr1@cardiff.ac.uk

 

2. Public Engagement

Community Groups

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University of the Third Age (U3A) discussion group

Wales Gene Park delivers free talks and sessions to community groups throughout Wales. Topics include Stem Cell Research, Over the Counter Genetic Testing, GM Foods and the National DNA Database. If you would like further information or to request an event for your community group, please contact Rhian Morgan: morganrr1@cardiff.ac.uk

 

Public Talks

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“Over-the-counter genetic testing” public talk

Public talks on topical genetics issues are organised throughout the year. The events are held in various locations around Wales often coinciding with larger events such as National Science & Engineering Week and Science Festivals. To suggest a topic for a public talk, please contact Angela Burgess burgessam@cf.ac.uk.

 

Diversity, History & Inheritance in Cardiff bay: This mobile exhibition, used interactive displays to examine the increased genetic diversity resulting from the development of Cardiff from a small fishing town to the world’s most important coal exporting port.

Mobile exhibition at the Welsh Assembly

Diversity, History & Inheritance exhibition at the Welsh Assembly

Past locations include:

Techniquest in Cardiff & Wrexham; UWIC, Cardiff; Swansea Maritime Museum; Aberdare Library; Monmouthshire County Hall, Cwmbran; The Berwyn Centre, Nantymoel; Cardiff International Airport; National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; Lampeter University; Rhondda Heritage Park; The Old Library, Cardiff; Gartholwyg Community Centre, Church Village; Margam Park, Port Talbot; Afan Forest Park; Barry Library, Vale of Glamorgan; Swansea Waterfront Museum; The Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthen; Main Building Cardiff University; Butetown History & Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay; University of Glamorgan

 

3. Professional Engagement

Each year events are held which focus on selected areas of clinical and biomedical genetics. Faculty for these events includes experts from Wales together with national and international experts. The events regularly attract participants from around the world and allow dissemination of expertise, provide a forum for networking and showcase areas of expertise in Wales to the wider biomedical community. PE attendees graph 2003-16

 

Contact us

The Wales Gene Park

Institute of Medical Genetics

Heath Park

Cardiff

CF14 4XN

Tel: 02920 746940

For enquiries please contact the Education and Engagement Project Manager Angela Burgess: BurgessAM@Cardiff.ac.uk