2020 Meet the Researcher Showcase

260 Senior 5 and 6 pupils from 23 schools swapped textbooks for test tubes as they attended our biggest and most exciting Meet the Researchers Showcase event at the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde and Dundee Science Centre.

The annual event allowed school pupils with an interest in science or considering studying a STEM subject to meet our inspiring young PhD students who conduct cutting-edge research into a range of health-related problems.

The event provided the perfect opportunity for the pupils to learn more about science and the career journey into medical research. Many of the young scientists they met are studying at Scottish universities, thanks to funding from Medical Research Scotland.

At the acclaimed event, pupils from Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll, Dunbartonshire, Dundee, Fife, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Renfrewshire met students and lecturers from leading Scottish universities as well as industry experts who put their science skills to the test using fun, interactive science demonstrations.

Professor Philip Winn, chair of Medical Research Scotland, said: “Today’s school pupils are tomorrow’s medical researchers. At Medical Research Scotland we aim to inspire and connect the next generation with Scotland’s leading medical professionals – in just a few years these secondary school pupils could be engaged in pioneering laboratory work.

“We want to provide a taste of the career opportunities in medical science and other STEM areas to the pupils and I hope we’ve helped ignite a passion for science.”

For more information on the 2021 events, contact applications@medicalresearchscotland.org to be added to the mailing list for next year.



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To view the posters presented by the Medical Research Scotland awardees , click on their photos below.

  • Dan explaining his exhibit to a pupil. Dan Baillache

    Designing new drugs for brain cancer

  • Caroline looking down a miscroscope. Caroline Busch

    Goodbye flat biology

  • Gillian chatting with two pupils about her research. Gillian Cann

    Does iron cause disability in multiple sclerosis patients?

  • Giorgia cahtting to two pupils. Giorgia Gaeta

    How do proteins fold?

  • Roopam with his poster Roopam Gupta

    Can we use artificial intelligence (AI) and light to identify cells?

  • Lorna explaining her research to two pupils. Lorna Hayden

    Towards a universal treatment for viral brain infections

  • Rachel's poster. Dr Rachel James

    Can we power-up mitochondria to boost muscle strength?

  • Wesley and a pupil talking. Wesley McLoughlin

    Big data - a solution to the (mis)diagnosis of depression?

  • Hugh with his exhibit using mini football and rugby balls to illustrate the effect of cell shape. Hugh Nicholson

    Investigating ovarian cancer, shape and survival

  • Zahra measuring someone's blood pressure Zahra Pasdar

    High blood pressure in pregnancy - a window of opportunity for predicting heart disease?

  • Simeon with his 3-D printed model of blood vessels Simeon Skopalik

    From punctures to pictures: can medical imaging and engineering be used to diagnose artery disease?

  • Weronika sitting at a tale where pupils are carrying out an exercise. Weronika Szlachetka

    Can we predict who is going to die after a stroke?

  • Luke explaining his poster to pupils. Luke Zhu

    Can heart strain predict death of patients with end-stage kidney disease?