The University of Queensland (UQ) recently received a unique invitation that I am delighted to extend to your Year 8 and 9 students. Students from your school are invited to attend StemCells@UQ on Thursday 17 November from 10AM – 2PM at UQ.
This free program will focus on the science of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) – a new and astonishing scientific breakthrough that has changed the way we think about human biology and saw Professor Shinya Yamanaka awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, with Sir John Gurdon, in 2012.
Students will have the opportunity to watch a compelling video about this extraordinary discovery and discuss issues raised in the film with a panel of leading Australian stem cell experts. During the day, students will also learn about career opportunities through speaking with UQ scientists about their research.
This event is supported by Stem Cells Australia and is an excellent way for students to explore the many facets of science as a human endeavour in the practical and fascinating forum of stem cell research. The film and panel conversation will address many aspects of how stem cell science has developed – especially the development of new reprogramming technologies - and how stem cells may affect people’s lives, in particular we will discuss the realities behind the hopes and fears associated with stem cell science.
We are inviting selected schools in Brisbane to participate in this unique learning opportunity. Places are limited to a maximum of eight students and two teachers per school (10 tickets). Students attending the event should have a genuine interest in biological sciences.
Should you require further information, please contact Megan Munsie via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9035 8639.
Really hope your school will be able to participate in StemCells@UQ in November.