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Division of Bioengineering

Public Engagement

The Division of Bioengineering is active in public engagement through a variety of events which showcase some of the outstanding bioengineering research and teaching at Queen Mary University of London.

Below are just some of the examples of our bioengineering public engagement activity.



Children from state and independent schools experience real, hands on lab activities in bioengineering at the Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Materials Science. The event encourages children to be science and engineering investigators for the day. For example, the children learn about the importance of STEM and why scientists, doctors and engineers work together in collaborative research.

In the lab, the children play "tug of war" with a tendon. The children squash materials containing cells with mechanical devices and dissect cartilage tissues from a cow’s knee joint. For examples of bioengineering activities, watch the film

These exciting activities in bioengineering were developed for children that meet the National Curriculum requirements for key stages 2, 3 and 4. We keep teachers in the loop of new research/developments and we introduce concepts to children in the classroom before STEM investigations in the lab. 

The next Bioengineering Experience will be on Tues 30th April 2019. Please contact if your school would like to take part.



Every year, QMUL hosts a two week festival involving communities and local organisations in Tower Hamlets to celebrate the very best of health, life, STEM and the arts.

We have developed interactive shows and hands-on activities to help children (and parents) understand the challenges of real-life medical health problems and share our research with the local community.

Last year, we invited families to our research labs and the children designed experiments with the engineers, scientists and doctors to help keep our tissues alive and healthy.