The poster competition was designed to encourage young people to develop an interest in life sciences and feel proud of the great scientific work going on within their local area. It aimed to provide young people with opportunities for personal achievement and give them an awareness of positive and sustained careers beyond education.
ONE BioHub is
the iconic new location for life sciences in Aberdeen. Inspiring ambition,
giving scientists and innovators skills and knowledge to turn research and
innovation into businesses, and supporting them on the entrepreneurial journey.
This poster competition challenged pupils to create a poster representing the life sciences sector. The posters were submitted and judged ahead of the official opening of the new ONE BioHub on 29 May, which a small number of pupils attended in person.
Pupils from both St Machar Academy and Aberdeen Grammar submitted entries for the competition. Two pupils from St Machar Academy visited ONE BioHub with their teacher on the day of the launch and were among the first to view the new £40million facilities. Pupils from Aberdeen Grammar School and Northfield Academy hope to visit at a later date.
The pupils’ posters were of an excellent standard and demonstrated good planning, research and presentation. The finalists’ posters were on display during the official launch event and guests had the opportunity to ‘vote’ on their favourite, using a token system similar to those run in supermarkets for charity selection. This inclusion in the launch event provided additional recognition for the young people’s efforts and also connected young people with ONE BioHub from the outset.
The St Machar Academy teacher who attended the launch with pupils is keen to arrange further class visits as ONE BioHub becomes populated with tenant organisations.
ONE BioHub will provide
start-up, spinout and scaling life sciences businesses, tackling modern health
challenges with incubator laboratories and offices, fully customisable grow-on
space, commercialisation and growth programmes, and access to mentors, expert
networks and investors.
Future school visits will be facilitated in partnership with DYW North East.
“Once they have biotech companies on the premises, I think the ONE Bio Hub would be a worthwhile trip for science students. They would be able to see real working labs and potentially speak to scientists working on exciting projects.”
Senior Additional Support for Learning (ASL) pupils from Mackie Academy experienced a real-life workplace - and the diverse range of roles within it - courtesy of a visit to their local Asda store.
A tour of Brewdog provided Harlaw Academy senior pupils with an insight into lab-based job roles within the workplace.
A tour of the Aberdeen Altens Hotel gave senior phase pupils from Lochside Academy experience of a working commercial kitchen.