• On Saturday 16 June 2018 the Next Generation Biomaterials Programme Grant ran an outreach event as part of the University of Nottingham’s Family Discovery Day. The activity was called: “Plastics Vs Cells: Will the Super Bugs Win?” Children and parents entered into a battle of cells Vs plastics, trying to find the right material for the right cells. Medical devices, targeted drug delivery and regenerative medicine all needed the right plastic to be found. Visitors got the chance to find which plastic spots bacteria love and which ones they hate, as well as seeing cells’ responses to different surface topographies. There was a small prize when they found the right plastic!There were 372 visitors in total at the Family Discovery Day, with 177 arriving in the morning and 195 in the afternoon. All the comments from the visitors on the day were really positive and the kids seemed to love the activities.
    Fam-Disc-Day-web Valentina Cuzzucoli Crucitti (PhD student), Nishant Singh (Post Doc) and Charlotte Henshaw (PhD student)


  • Wonder 2017 (UoN's community event), 17 June 2017 with over 350 people attending the PG's event and another event led by Felicity Rose regarding regenerative medicine in general [see News item].
  • Adam Dundas ran an event as part of the First Lego League on 6 January 2017 at UoN.All-participants-Nottingham-2017-web
  • Jamie Thompson was also involved in Science in the Park in March 2017 and was on the publicity team for Pint of Science 2016-17 and is a co-organiser for Pint of Science 2017-18.
  • Kevin Shakesheff, Paul Williams, Elizabeth Hufton and others attended Nottingham in Parliament Day with meetings with selected MPs to discuss, for example, antimicrobial resistance. Events included ‘The Future of Healthcare Technologies’, ‘Health, Life Sciences and Innovation showcase’ and ‘Developing STEM Skills of the Future,’ on 25th October 2016.
  • Researchers from the School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Engineering delivered a Leonardo Study Day in Nottingham Castle on Friday 16th September '16 [see News item]. Morgan Alexander, Ricky Wildman, Yinfeng He, Peter Magennis and Andrew Hook delivered the study day for ~120 15-17 year olds. This was part of the Leonardo Da Vinci events at Nottingham Castle, focusing on what the ultimate Renaissance man might be doing in science today. The workshop “Materials for Man: from the idea to a product” was an interactive session with demonstrations to share knowledge and research. Da Vinci was an artist, court engineer, anatomist and inventor and this session illustrated how such interdisciplinary behaviour is now common place in scientific research. Using examples from their own research they showed how this modern interdisciplinary approach using medicine, biology, materials, chemistry, physics, engineering and business has led to the discovery of a new type of plastic which can be used to create products designed to reduce the instances of infections acquired in hospitals. The session received some excellent feedback from those who attended.
  • Amanda Pearce (Team Leader for Drug Delivery), Taranjit Singh, Olutoba Sanni, Morgan Alexander, Andrew Hook, Paul Williams, Derek Irvine, Cameron Alexander, Steve Howdle, Marta Alvarez Paino and others were involved in the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 'Plastics Inside Us' - a hands-on exhibit in 2016. Visitors could handle medical implants on a full scale human body, test our model antibacterial plastic surfaces by battling against toy microbes and discover what links everyday plastics to life-saving medical devices.
  • Felicity Rose and Kevin Shakesheff talked about 3D Futures: Building Beating Hearts at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2016.
  • A session was delivered at Berridge School, Hyson Green, Nottingham on the scientific method by Elizabeth Hufton and others as part of the After School Science Club in 2016.


Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery

Advanced Materials and Healthcare Technologies, School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham
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