Genetics and Genomics for the 3rd Generation (3G) conference

Join us for the first Wales Gene Park Genetics and Genomics for the 3rd Generation (3G) public conference!  Wednesday 22nd June 2016, The Park Inn, Cardiff City Centre, 10am – 2.30pm

Hear expert talks on genetics-related subjects including:

  • Genetics & health
  • Ancestry & the DNA Cymru project
  • Biodiversity & conservation
  • Poisons & medicines
  • DNA barcoding the plants of Wales
  • Forensic science

Join us all day or drop in for any of the talks! There will be a 5 minute break between talks to drop-in or out. There will also be interactive stands showcasing some of the latest research and projects in Wales. The event is primarily aimed at members of the public over 50, but everyone is welcome!

Attendance is FREE but you must register to attend via Eventbrite:

Refreshments and lunch provided

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This event is organised by the Wales Gene Park as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation 2016: and sponsored by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Supprt Fund and Cardiff University.


Book now for the 2016 Sixth Form Genetics Conference!

The Wales Gene Park Sixth Form Genetics Conference 2016, entitled ‘A journey through genetics and genomics’ will take place on the following dates:

Monday 28th November 2016 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Wednesday 30th November 2016 – William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Join us at this free event for year 12 and 13 students to hear about the latest advances in genetics from expert speakers! Topics include gene editing and the ethics around its use;  Living with Genetic Conditions: perspectives from young people; Using DNA in the fight against wildlife crime; genetics and rugby; mitochondrial donation, and more…..

The booking form can be found here, or for any enquiries please email or phone 02920 746940



4th Joint UK-Dutch Clinical and Cancer Genetics Conference


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The 4th Joint UK-Dutch Clinical and Cancer Genetics Conference will take place in Cardiff on 7th & 8th March 2016. The meeting will be held at the City Hall in Cardiff Civic Centre.

This conference will be followed on 9th March by the Joint UK-Dutch Dysmorphology Meeting which will be held at the University Hospital of Wales.

Further information about both events available from:

Programme: the conference programme can be found here

Registration Form: the conference registration form can be found here

Abstract Booklet: can be found here

Conference Booklet: can be found here


Conference sponsorship

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Silver Sponsors

 Multiplicom and Genome Diagnostics

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congenica and illumina

Wales Gene Park stand wins award!

The Wales Gene Park was voted winner of the “Most Engaging Stand” at the Health and Care Research Wales Involving People Network annual meeting 2016 held at the Cardiff City stadium on 1st February! Delegates attending the meeting were asked to visit the stands throughout the day and vote for the most engaging exhibit.



Our interactive stand featured hands-on activities relating to DNA and genetics, including a DNA lucky dip, where visitors to the stand created a DNA sequence using beads before finding out which organism the sequence originated from, as well as DNA origami and giant DNA blocks. The stand also featured information and literature about the Wales Gene Park, including its education and engagement programme, and the laboratory services it offers.

Many thanks to all those who visited the Wales Gene Park stand and voted for us!

2nd Annual Inherited Eye Disease Patient Day

8th January, 9.30am – 2.30pm

The annual Welsh Patient Day for patients and families affected by rare inherited eye disease is taking place at the School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff.


The programme for the day can be found here

This is a new initiative designed to bring people with inherited eye disease, especially those located in South Wales, together. The meeting will be interactive and there will also be stalls with information from charities and patient groups. The aim of the meeting is to provide more information about support that is available and to bring together patients, ​families, charities in the sector and health professionals.

Lunch and tea will be provided free ​of charge ​and there will be plenty of time to talk to others during the meeting and network. It is hoped that many people with a broad a range of experiences of inherited eye disease will attend. The day will also include a Patient Panel Q & A session which will be chaired by the Director of Genetic Alliance UK, Alastair Kent. Please get in touch with our Welsh Development Officer Emma ( if you would like to share your experience of living with rare inherited eye disease as part of the panel.

Further information can be found in the conference flyer

Please email Su Jenkins: if you would like to attend specifying whether you have any dietary requirements.

Public talk: Clues in your poo

How screening is helping the fight against bowel cancer

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Hadyn Ellis Building, Cardiff University, 6-7.30pm. The Wales Gene Park, in conjunction with Cancer Research UK, is holding a free public event about bowel cancer – the third most common cancer in Wales with around 2000 people diagnosed each year. Join us to hear experts talk on current research and clinical aspects and find out how the national screening programme is helping to detect bowel cancer in Wales. Learn how bowel cancer can sometimes run in families, and hear a personal account from someone affected by bowel cancer. There will also be an opportunity for questions with our experts.

This event is free of charge but you must register to attend at Eventbrite:

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Cardiff International Cardiovascular Conference

17-18 November 2015

Six organisations, one amazing event! This event will see the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA), Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group (PECSIG), Cardiff Cardiovascular Genetics (CCVG), Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA), British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nursing Association (BACCNA) and the Welsh Paediatric Cardiac Network join together for the Cardiff International Cardiovascular Conference 2015. For further information about the Cardiff International Cardiovascular Conference 2015 visit the conference website.

Film Festival – Screening and talk: Jurassic World

For the first time, the Wales Gene Park is taking part in the Into Film festival for schools and young people across the UK!

Schools are invited to join us for a screening Jurassic World (certificate 12A) on Friday 6th November, 10:00 – 13:30, in Lecture Theatre 1, Main Hospital Building, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff. The event is aimed at pupils in Years 8 & 9, but if your school would like to bring pupils from a different year group please contact to discuss further.

Following the screening, we are delighted to be joined by scientist, wildlife expert and TV and radio broadcaster Dr Rhys Jones from Cardiff University! His BBC television career includes ‘Rhys to the Rescue’, Chris Packham’s ‘Nature’s Calendar’ and Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’, and he can currently be seen on our TV screens presenting the third series of Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol on BBC One.

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 day!

To find out more about this event and book a place go to the Into Film festival website.


Public talk: Richard III From car park to cathedral

8th October, 6.30-8pm, Julian Hodge lecture theatre, Cardiff University

Join Dr Turi King and Carl Vivian from the University of Leicester for this fantastic opportunity to hear the story of the discovery and identification of King Richard III. Turi, who led the DNA identification work, will discuss the project and the science behind it. Carl, who filmed the events from start to finish, will provide a unique behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever attempted – a search for the lost grave of King Richard III.

The event is free to attend but you must register at Eventbrite (search for Richard III).

For more information please contact


Schools’ Genetics Roadshow Autumn 2015

For the 4th time, the Wales Gene Park is running its genetics roadshow for year 12/13 students from Wales and the bordering counties of England. This event takes leading speakers into schools and colleges to talk about the latest advances in genetics.

As well as taking the students beyond the text book to hear about the latest advances in this exciting area, 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 with over 4000 students participating in the previous roadshows in 2013/14.

Some examples of the genetic topics we can offer 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; and forensics.



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

We are now taking bookings from schools and colleges for the autumn 2015 roadshows. For further information please email