Genetics Roadshows

During the autumn 2013 and spring 2014 terms, over 4000 students from 73 schools and colleges across Wales and the border counties heard talks from 58 speakers from research, healthcare and the police force on the latest advances in genetics and genomics and about genetics-related courses and careers.

Our roadshows will return in Autumn 2015.

About our Genetics Roadshows

Genetics Roadshow '13 Olchfa School

2013 Roadshow at Olchfa School

The Genetics Roadshow is a project that takes leading speakers into schools to talk about the latest advances in genetics. More than 60 schools and colleges across Wales and bordering counties took part during the autumn term with further events planned for spring 2014.

Topics include DNA structure; PCR and DNA sequencing; genomics; DNA damage, cell cycle and cancer; genetic counselling; stem cell research; GM foods; inherited disorders; evolution; biodiversity; cloning and genetic engineering; vaccination and antibiotics; and forensics.

Genetics Roadshow '13 Monmouth School

2013 Roadshow at Monmouth School

Speakers from the Universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff Met, Edge Hill, Liverpool, South Wales, Swansea and Worcester, as well as the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the All Wales Medical Genetics Service, the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre and various NHS LHBs and Police Authorities have taken part. 

As well as taking the students beyond the text book to hear about the latest advances in genetics, the students also gain an insight into genetics-related courses and careers and have the opportunity to put their questions to the experts. There has been a tremendous response from schools and colleges for the events and more than 4,500 students are participating.

Roadshow events are delivered free of charge. The Wales Gene Park is greatly assisted in the delivery of this event by Techniquest.

We will shortly be inviting schools to take part in the 2015 roadshow. For further information and to make sure your name is on the mailing list email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk