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WCRC engagement

Engagement is an essential element of our work and we take part in several events throughout the year to both promote the research we support and to help to inspire the next generation of cancer researchers.

The Wales Cancer Research Conference

The Wales Cancer Research Conference is an annual conference that brings together cancer researchers and stakeholders from across the UK. The event, hosted by the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC), aims to celebrate recent successes in cancer research, share plans for the future, and provide a platform for networking and collaboration.

The 2024 event took place on the 4 March at the National Museum Cardiff. To find out more about our most recent event please read our news story

Health and Care Research Wales annual conference

In October 2023 WCRC attended the annual Health and Care Research Wales conference in Swansea Arena along with two of our researchers to talk to the public and other Centres from around Wales about the research we support. By running interactive activities we engaged with over 100 people at this event and raised awareness about cancer research taking place across Wales. The next event is taking place on the 10 October 2024.

Genomics after dark

In November 2023 the WCRC hub team and two of our researchers attended the Genomics after dark event at Techniquest Cardiff. The event aims to raise awareness about genetics and genomics and how it impacts health for members of the public. WCRC ran an interactive stand with a ‘jumping genes’ activity and two of our researchers ran activities to help to explain their research on telomeres.

Grangetown career and role models week

In March 2024 we took part in Grangetown career and role models week; an event aimed at people of all ages in the local community. Our researchers ran a stand of interactive activities focused on highlighting the work we support and promoting careers in cancer research. We had lots of interesting conversations with visitors and hopefully encouraged some of them to consider cancer research as a future career choice.

Science in Health Live!

Science in Health Live! is an annual event run by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine for A-Level students from across Wales and is designed to give students an insight into the science behind medicine, showing them the range of career options open to them in healthcare, biomedical and scientific fields. In March 2024 the WCRC hub team and our researchers ran an interactive stand at the event where visitors could have a go at making a paper virus. During the day we talked to over 400 students about careers in cancer research and raised awareness of the work happening within the WCRC.

Swansea University careers in cancer research talks

In March 2024 WCRC Researchers Dr Mat Clement and Dr Claire Donnelly attended Swansea University to talk to 3rd year medical students about their research and career paths to help to encourage the next generation of cancer researchers. The event was well received by visitors with one Research Officer in attendance stating the talks: “provided me with a valuable opportunity to explore the ongoing research initiatives taking place within the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC), enabling me to expand my knowledge base and connect with peers who share similar interests.”

In2Stem work experience

In 2022 Wales Cancer Research Centre facilitated student lab placements at Cardiff University through In2Stem, a programme that empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by offering insights into STEM careers and research. In 2024 we are doing it all over again with three of our researchers running activities for work experience students in July and August.

Upcoming events

Eisteddfodd: The National Eisteddfod is the largest cultural festival in Europe, held in a different part of Wales every year. WCRC will be attending the event in Rhondda Cynon Taf as part of the Cardiff University team for two days between 3-10 August (dates tbc).

Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair: WCRC are booked on to attend the 2024 MEC Health Fair. The Fair aims to address health inequality and promote wellbeing through creating opportunities for positive engagement between people from minority ethnic communities and health providers.

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