Pride in STEM/LGBT STEM Day

5 July 2019

Kirk Taylor, Helen Johnson and Mike Cox were involved in an event at the Bedford pub where nine speakers talked about their research and their experience of being LGBTQ+ in science.

LGBT STEM

 

Great Exhibition Road Festival

29 and 30 June 2019

Jorge Bernardino de la Serna collaborated with William Perkin High School to showcase a project about air pollution and respiratory health.

William Perkin

Katie Bonner and Helen Stoelting, along with other researchers from the Breathing Together project, facilitated Whoosh Crackle Pop, a free play workshop about breathing for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups.

Whoosh Crackle Pop

Neil Dufton presented his project I Cell involving hands on games as a visual way to communicate science. Neil was joined by Charis Pericleous, Oisin King, Robert Maughan, Emy Bossebouf, Elham Shamsaei, Gaye Saginc Giannoustas, Kelly De-Coteau, Courtney Chatterton-Bartley, Claire Peghaire, Karen Frudd, Graeme Birdsey and Anna Randi.

Neil also gave a talk titled 'A Day in the Life of a Cell Biologist' as part of the festival programme.

GERF

Sian Harding, Alice Francis, Tom Owen, Jinata Subba, Olivia Hernandez-Cruz, Particia Chaves Guerrero, Natasha Richmond, Prag Pandey, Jose Sanchez, Sam Kit-Anan and Qasim Majid showcased research into engineered heart tissue and their collaboration with artists from Chisenhale Studios.

GERF

Yakinthi Chrisochoidou, Bill Cookson, Clara Domingo Sabugo, Lauren Headley, Long Hoang, Amit Mandal, Maija Maskuniitty, Miriam Moffatt, Anca Nastase, Anthony Newman-Taylor, Michael, Olanipekun, Sanjay Popat and Dennis Zhang from the National Centre for Mesothelioma Research delivered their stand How Does Asbestos Cause Cancer? in collaboration with Mesothelioma UK.

GERF

 

Pint of Science

20-22 May 2019

Alice Francis, Lene Gruscheski, Benjamin Reilly-O'Donnell, Pamela Swiatlowska and Peter Wright organised Pint of Science at The Princess Victoria pub with 10 speakers over three nights including Martin Cowie and Sonia Nielles-Vallespin.

Pint of Science

 

Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Bugs and Breath

17 April 2019

Mike Cox spoke about his research into the microorganisms in our lungs and how he applies this knowledge to help tackle respiratory diseases.

Mike Cox


 

Imperial Lates: Wonder Women

 7 March 2019

Sara Rankin engaged audiences with how drugs work using the Medicine Cabinet installation from The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.

Medicine Cabinet

 


 

Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Lungs

19 September 2018

Clare Lloyd spoke about her research into what causes asthma, particularly in very young children. She discussed why pollen and dust trigger reactions in some people but not others, and how can we prevent and treat asthma.

Clare Lloyd

 


 

Imperial Festival

28 29 April 2018

Andy Bush, Clare Lloyd, Sejal Saglani, Maria Zarcone, Morag Zelisko, Faith Uwadiae, Simone Walker, Lisa Gregory and James Harker collaborated with Okido to deliver the Breathing Together Family Festival.

Read more about Breathing Together

Breathing Together

Neil Dufton presented his project I Cell along with Charis Pericleous, Oisín King, Victoria Kalna, Robert Maughan, Emy Bosseboeuf, Karen Frudd, Graeme Birdsey and Anna Randi.

  Neil Dufton

 


 

Generating Genius

12 February 2018

On 12 February Sara Rankin and a group of master's students on the MSc Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells course hosted an all day workshop entitled “the future of biomedical sciences” for 40 black and minority ethnic (BME) students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds from across London. The event was run as one of Generating Genius’s masterclasses. Generating Genius is a charity set up by Tony Sewell that supports talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their potential in STEM. Read a full report on the NHLI blog.

Students do lab work


Exhale & Exchange 3

13 December 2017

Mike Cox and Sara Rankin attended the third Exhale & Exchange workshop at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. The event used playful and experimental poetry techniques to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by Caleb Parkin.

Read more about Exhale & Exchange

Exhale & Exchange 3

 

Focus Group: Let's Talk About Tuberculosis

9 December 2017

Ishita Marwah, Mica-Tolosa-Wright, Aime Boakye, Luis Berrocal-Almanza, Alice Halliday, Tereza Masonou and Gulfer Yakici led a 15-person strong focus group where audiences from the White City Area met with community-based translators for the screening of translated versions of an animated film about latent TB, and discussions about how to use the animation best to raise awareness and uptake of latent TB testing and treatment. 

Focus group

 

Imperial Fringe: Walking in the Air

5 December 2017

Aarash Saleh delivered the The Virus Hustle.

Virus Hustle

2eM Power

20 and 21 September 2017

The 2eMPower programme ran its first STEM workshops for twice-exceptional (2e) students (students that are both gifted and have a learning disability - e.g. dyslexia, ADHD, or Aspergers). The aim of these workshops is to encourage 2e students by developing their self-efficacy and teaching them how to harness their strengths to enable them to achieve their full potential. Ultimately, our mission is to inspire and enable more 2e students to become a valued part of the STEM workforce in the 21st Century. Read more about the event on the Imperial news website.

researcher demonstrates in lab

 

Unity Festival, Bromley-by-Bow

27 July 2017

Aime Boakye, Helen Piotrowski and Mica Tolosa-Wright screened an animation about latent TB at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, an innovative community organisation working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK, with a high incidence of TB.

 

Blood Lines at the Royal Society

4 July 2017

Neil Dufton and textile artist Rachael Pilston presented Blood Lines at the Royal Society as part of the Summer Science Exhibition 2017. They were joined by our researchers Viktoria Kalna, Claire Peghaire, Linda Inuabasi, Koval Smith, Josefin Jansson, Koralia Paschalaki, Oisin King, Graeme Birdsey, Anna Randi.

Kids knit at table


 

Exhale & Exchange 2

16 June 2017

Kylie Belchamber, Leah Cuthbertson, Aime Boakye and Sharon Carney attended the second Exhale & Exchange workshop held at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. The event used collage and mark making to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by illustrator Grace Holliday.

Read more about Exhale & Exchange.Exhale & Exchange 2

 

Exhale & Exchange 1

1 June 2017

Claire McBrien, Mike Cox, Leah Cuthbertson, Sarah Dwyer, Adam Lewis, Ishita Marwah, Miriam Moffatt, Liz Starren and Mica Tolosa-Wright attended the first in a series of experimental workshops held at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. Bringing together respiratory researchers, people affected by lung conditions and their carers, and visitors to Wellcome Collection, the event used voice and sound as a way to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by Phoene Cave.

Read more about Exhale and Exchange.

Exhale & Exchange


Imperial Festival

6-7 May 2017

Naoko Atsumi, Nora Clarke, Helena Lund-Palau, Isaac Martin, Ronan Murphy, Katerina Pilou, Aarash Saleh, Wynne Smith and Nicole Westrupp delivered The Virus Hustle.

The Virus Hustle 

Chrystalla Constantinou, Andrea Massaia, Michela Noseda, Sara Samari collaborated with illustrator and artist Grace Holliday to deliver Haystack in a Heart Cell.

Haystack in a Heart Cell

Alice Halliday, Ishita Marwah, Mica Tolosa-Wright, Aime Boakye, Tereza Masonou and Luis Berrocal-Almanza delivered activities about TB and screened their short animated film about latent TB infection. 

Imperial Festival

Read about NHLI at the Imperial Festival.


Science in Store

28 January 2017

Joseph Boyle, Neil Dufton, Sian Harding, Nicola Hellen, Michela Noseda, Michael Schneider, Koval Smith and Matthew Turley discussed cardiac and vascular research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Shop in Ealing and delivered lego blood vessel building activities, DIY Heart Cells and a 'Heart Hunt' treasure hunt around the furniture store for the third Science in Store event in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.

Read more on the Science in Store events.

Science in Store 3


Science in Store

24 November 2016

Neil Dufton and Viktoria Kalna discussed vascular research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Shop in Ealing and delivered a lego 'build a blood vessel' activity for the second Science in Store event in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.

Science in Store 2

 


Science in Store

29 October 2016

Marta Abreu Paiva, Jennifer Furman and Nicola Hellen discussed heart research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical shop in Ealing for the first event of Science in Store in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.

Science in Store 1

 


New Scientist Live

22 September 2016

Claire Poulet collaborated with Sophie Pendrell from Technology Will Save Us to deliver DIY Heart Cells for New Scientist Live at London's Excel Centre.

DIY Heart Cells

Sonya Babu-Narayan, Su-lin Lee, Jennifer Keegan and Julia Coffey delivered Navigate the Heart.

Navigate the Heart


Summer School

3 August 2016

Tankut Guney ran a tutorial called The High Altitude Game as part of Imperial Outreach's summer school for 6th form pupils. The game was originally devised with Dr James Moss and Dr Saleh for first year medical students.

Read about Tank's experience on the NHLI blog.

Tank with pupils


I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!

13 - 23 June 2016

Kylie Belchamber took part in I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! an X Factor-style competition where school students are the judges and are able to ask scientists anything they want. Kylie took part in the Cell Zone and came third.

Kylie Belchamber

 


Imperial Festival

7 - 8 May 2016

Marta Abreu Paiva, Kylie Belchamber,  Aime Boakye, Joseph Boyle, Mike Cox, Lareb Dean, Margarita Gorodezky, Mozhgon Jeddi, Verdiana Martello, Kirsty Meldrum, Stef Piatek, Ryan Robinson, Adi Sharanya, Natalia Smoktunowicz, Mica Tolosa-Wright and Elena Turek delivered activities from The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.

Microbe Mix

Darius Armstrong-James’ team were in the Superbug Zone which brought together researchers working on antimicrobial resistance, microbiology and diseases such as malaria. Read about NHLI at the Imperial Festival.

Fungi at Imperial Festival


The Heart and Lung Convenience Store

19 October - 1 November 2015

Over 90 scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute collaborated with designers Chris Faulds, Annie Bowers, Rob Harris, Emily Briselden-Waters, Sean Turner and performer James Harvey on The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.

Exterior heart and lung convenience store


 

British Heart Foundation stall, Santander Breakthrough Box Live Event

22 September 2015

Claire Poulet delivered DIY Heart Cells at the Santander Breakthrough Box Live Event as part of the British Heart Foundation stall.

Two people at stall


 

Einstein's Garden, The Green Man Festival

21-23 August 2015

Claire Poulet and Magda Kloc collaborated with Sophie Pendrall from Technology Will Save Us to take DIY Heart Cells to Einstein's Garden at the Green Man Festival as part of The Mad Hackers Tea Party.

Scientist helps children with plasticine


 

Synapse

7 June 2015

Jill Johnson ran a one-day workshop entitled Synapse with the Girl Guides and the British Society for Immunology. In biology, a synapse is where two cells come together and communicate with each other. In the same way, this workshop brought girls aged 10-17 together with scientists for a day full of science communication, fun and learning. 

Girls hold up test tubes

 
Synapse allowed the girls to experience immunology through hands-on activities in the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College London as well as through direct engagement with scientists currently working at the university. 

Synapse

Synapse was a day full of immunology-based activities held at Imperial College London

 

The day was a great success, with 30 participants and eight contributing scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute. This event was designed to foster interest in science in general and immunology in particular, at an especially important time for girls as they select their GCSE and A levels subjects. 


 

Imperial Festival

9-10 May 2015

Elena Turek and Mike Cox collaborated with textile designer Racheal Pilston to create Microbiome Home, an interactive installation about the lung microbiome and the interactions between different microbial species. The activity was also delivered by Stef Piatek, Hima Anbunathan, Ernie Wong, Adam Januszewski, Phil James, Simon Brill and Verdiana Martello.

Girl interacts with exhibition

Claire Poulet collaborated with Sophie Pendrell from design and education company Technology Will Save Us to develop DIY Heart Cells, a workshop using elecro dough to make conductive cardiomyocytes. The activity was also delivered by Nicola Hellen, Tom Owen, Magda Kloc, Viola Kooji and Edit Gara. 

Plasticine heart cells


 

Your Future Your Ambition

5 March 2015

Sarah Bowling, Nicola Hellen, Ryan Robinson and Matt Tranter told inspirational stories about how they became a scientist at this careers event for school students.

People talk in group standing

 


NHLI Bring Your Child to Work Day

30 October 2014

Like last year, tens of volunteers across the department came together to deliver the NHLI Bring Your Child to Work Day which is part of the department's Athena SWAN initiative.

Two girls look at fingerprint



How to Catch Flu

Peter Openshaw and researchers from MOSAIC collaborated with artist Steven Appleby and filmmaker Pete Bishop to deliver How to Catch Flu, a short animated film about the flu virus. Read more about the project here 

How to catch Flu

How to catch Flu from Pete Bishop

 How to catch Flu from Pete Bishop on Vimeo.



The Heart and Lung Repair Shop

7-20 July 2014

Over 60 scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute collaborated with designers Annie Bowers,  Chris Faulds, Andrew Friend and Joe Pochciol on Hammersmith’s first pop-up science shop, The Heart and Lung Repair Shop.

People in pop-up shop



Natural History Museum - Universities Week

9-10 June 2014

Neil Dufton, Jill Johnson, John-Poul Ng-Blichfeldt, Dina Pospori, Sara Rankin, Carolyn Webb and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston and performer Jenni Jackson to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas.

Lady points to statue


 
Imperial Festival

9-10 May 2014

Gaynor Campbell and Natasha Gunawardana created the Snot Doctors exhibit.

Snot Doctors

Peter Openshaw and researchers from MOSAIC collaborated with artist Steven Appleby and filmmaker Pete Bishop to deliver How to Catch Flu, an interactive stall about the flu virus.

Cards pinned to board

Joe Boyle, Neil Dufton, Jill Johnson, Lourdes Osuna Almagro, Luke Payne Dina Pospori, Sara Rankin, Daniel Reed, Anusha Seneviratne, Aarti Shah, Koval Smith, Carolyn Webb and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston and performer Jenni Jackson to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas, plus a programme of short talks about relevant research.

Scientist and children knit



The Crick Institute Science Museum Late

26 February 2014

Neil Dufton, Evie Maifoshie, Stefania Mataragka, Sarah Mazi, Nura Mohamed, Hara Nikolakopoulou, Luke Payne, Dina Pospori, Anna Randi, Sara Rankin, Daniel Reed, Jill Johnson, Anusha Seneviratne, Aarti Shah, Koval Smith and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston, installation designer Andrew Friend and performer Lynne Forbes to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas.

Blood Lines at Science Museum


 

Imperial Fringe: Fluid Thinking

12 December 2013

Neil Dufton, Dina Pospori, Anna Randi, Lourdes Osuna Almagro, Aarti Shah and Koval Smith collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston to deliver Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by the vascular system.

Two adults and child knit in front of xmas tree


 

NHLI Bring Your Child to Work Day

28 October 2013

Many NHLI researchers participated in this event, including Antonia Solomon, Evie Maifoshie, Hara Nikolakopoulou, Anusha Seneviratne and Kyasha Sri Ranjan who delivered Heart On Your Hand.  And Kylie Belchamber, Ceri Davies, Amy Day, Tank Guney, Rebecca Holloway and Adam Loveridge who delivered Bronchial Biscuits, Balloon Breathing & Snotty Sputum Smoothies

Adults and kids at table with pen markers


 

Palaces

Various exhibitions from 10 December 2011 to 30 September 2013 at venues including the Science Museum (London), Centre of the Cell (London), Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester), The Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Royal Albert Museum (Exteter).

Sara Rankin collaborated with Artist Gina Czarnecki to create a magical sculpture using donations of milk teeth from the public.

Find out more about Palaces.

tooth palace sculpture


 

Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum

27 September 2013

Sonya Babu-Narayan, Julia Coffey, Sabine Ernst, Yen Ho and Jenny Keegan presented Navigate the Heart. And Evie Maifoshie, Anusha Seneviratne, Andia Redpath and Vanessa Garcia Larsen delivered Heart On Your Hand. 

Navigate the Heart


 
Generation R at the Science Museum

11 September 2013

Antonia Solomon, Evie Maifoshie and Anusha Seneviratne deliver Heart on Your Hand with the Medicines for Children Research Network's Young People's Advisory Group.

Boy paints heart on person's hand


 

Einstein's Garden, The Green Man Festival

15-18 August 2013

Neil Dufton and John-Poul Blichfeldt collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston to create Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by the vascular system.

People and children on grass knitting


 

Imperial Festival

3-4 May 2013

Sara Rankin, Sian Harding, Pallavi Patel, Samir Akthar, Thanushiyan Poolbalasingam, John-Poul Blichfeldt, Antonia Solomon, Nicola Hellen, Suet Wong, Dina Pospori, Cheryl Lai, Natasha Strydom, Jessica Vasiliou, Peter Wright, Claire Morgan, Susanne Satler, Will Wright, Patrizia Camelliti and Daniel Stuckey manned the NHLI stall in the Research Zone at the Imperial Festival.

NHLI at Imperial Festival


 

Imperial Fringe: Cutting close to the bone

29 November 2012

Sara Rankin, Maryam Mehrabi, Suet-Ping Wong and Dina Pospori brought bone marrow and STEM cell biology to Imperial Fringe.

People gather round tables with information on


 

Imperial Fringe: The science behind our fears

25 October 2012

Sian Harding, Peter Wright and Matthew Tranter engaged the audience with a hands-on heart dissection activity.

Man holds heart in his hand

And Mary Morrell, Martin Glasser, Lydia Paniccia, Julia Kelly, Annette Woods and Luxumi Sridharan engaged people with the physiology of sleep.

Lady lies on bed with sleep apnoea measuring equipment attached


 

Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum

28 September 2012

Jill Johnson, Tariq Fellous and Kate Gowers gave demonstrations of DNA extraction using strawberries.

Scientists with table to information


 

Imperial Festival

11-12 May 2012

Louise Donnelly made mucus using jelly and milk at the NHLI Research Zone stand.

Louise Donnelly at Imperial Festival

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