FREE Wales Gene Park public events in November – all welcome!

The Wales Gene Park welcomes you to join us for our FREE Public ZOOM events coming up in November.

We’ve attached some posters which provide more details and if you would be kind enough to share this information I’d be very grateful.   All welcome!

  • Thurs 12th November, 7 – 8pm  TODAY

Free virtual Zoom public talk: “We came, we saw, we took samples back to Earth!” – John Holt, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

Booking via Cardiff Uni website:

Synopsis: NASA have been talking about Mars Sample Return (MSR) since the 70’s, but now it is happening for real! The Perseverance rover is the first stage in MSR and it’s on the way right now; hopefully landing on the 18th Feb 2021. But, Mars may once have supported life and potentially still does, so bringing extra-terrestrial samples back to Earth presents a contamination challenge. At the University of Leicester, we have been addressing the issues of safe containment by adopting different technologies from sectors like genetics, bio-tech and medicine. Our solution is called the Double Walled Isolator (DWI) and in this session I will talk about what is new, the science behind safe handling of a potential pathogen and how such technology might be spun back to industry.

  • Thurs 19th November, 11am – 12.45pm

Free virtual Zoom public Genomics Café.

A relaxed, friendly event – 3 short talks and an opportunity for a Q and A with the speakers. Book via Eventbrite:

Don’t forget to bring your cuppa!

  • Thursday 26th November, 10.15am – 2.30pm (with a break for lunch)

Free virtual ‘3G’ Genetics & Genomics for the 3rd Generation public conference. Book via Eventbrite:

Due to the COVID pandemic, this year for the first time the 3G will be held virtually via Zoom. You can join us all day or drop in for some talks (talks are 25 mins. with time for questions with our expert speakers) and there will be a short break between each talk.

We have some great talks lined up from our experts including:

·         An Introduction to Genomics and Rapid Genome Sequencing for sick Children

·         Dr Edward Jenner and the Story of Smallpox

·         Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Genetics & Genomics

·         The Yellow Card Scheme for Medicines in Wales

And more to be announced……

The full programme will be sent out in due course. 

Any questions, just get in touch, otherwise, we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Wales Gene Park Team


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