ARC North Thames join the Barts and Queen Mary Virtual Science Festival

29 Jun 2021

ARC North Thames researchers presented a range of posters, a talk and an activity pack as part of this year’s Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival.

This year's festival was on 15th-16th June 2021, and focused on engaging with older secondary school pupils interested in science and medicine. There were a number of interactive activities, short live talks, posters and pre-recorded activities planned over the 2-day virtual event.

ARC North Thames content included:

Activity pack: Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL)

The ARC North Thames-supported CHILL study aims to independently evaluate whether the Ultra Low Emission zone (ULEZ) is effective at reducing air pollution in London and therefore improves children’s Health.

The CHILL team based at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) engaged secondary school pupils with an interactive air pollution pack. The pack gave pupils the opportunity to become scientists and carry out their own environmental research.

As part of CHILL, ARC and QMUL researcher Chris Griffiths is leading an study, investigating whether a city-wide environmental intervention which improves air quality could improve children’s physical activity and reduce rates of obesity. Find out more about the ARC CHILL research project.

Download the Chill Activity pack on the Festival website!

Poster: LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences and perceptions of self-managing their mental health

ARC and UCL PhD researcher Rosa Town presented a poster around her research, which is exploring self-management in children and young people with mental health difficulties, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+). Learn more about Rosa's PhD research.

Rosa's poster was sent to participating schools to start interesting and engaging discussions around this topic.

You can view Rosa's poster here

Talk and poster: What I wish my younger self knew about mental health

ARC Key researcher Rose McCabe (City, University of London) presented a talk to schools on how young people can recognise, support and look after their mental health. Rose also presented a poster, exploring agency in youth mental health. 

Rose's poster is available to view here

Many of the talks and activities are available to view and download. Find out more on the Festival website

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