We are thrilled to look back on the tremendous success of the aortic careers day, My Aorta My Future. This biomedical outreach event, organised in partnership with the University of Liverpool and hosted by Everton in the Community, took place on 3rd May 2023 at Everton FC. The event aimed to inspire underrepresented students to explore the exhilarating world of biomedical research and uncover the myriad of captivating career opportunities within this field. With an overwhelming response and a day filled with engaging activities, insightful discussions, and invaluable connections, the event left a lasting impact on all who attended.
“We believe that promoting diversity in science is vital to fostering innovation and driving progress in medical research.”
Dr Riaz Akhtar
Reader in Biomedical Engineering, University of Liverpool
Sharing Knowledge and Inspiring Curiosity
Throughout the day, students from Liverpool schools and the surrounding area had the opportunity to get a taste of scientific research careers through a variety of interactive workshops, practical activities, and networking opportunities with a focus on aortic dissection. Renowned researchers and accomplished surgeons from diverse backgrounds shared their personal experiences and insights, leaving the students inspired and motivated to pursue careers in biomedical research. The event fostered a sense of curiosity and ignited a passion for exploring the frontiers of scientific discovery.
- What is an aortic dissection?
- How can we protect our cardiovascular health?
- What happens with open heart surgery?
- What materials can be safely used to replace diseased tissue in the lab?
- What are biotechnology companies developing to tackle cardiovascular disease?
Championing Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Research
Diversity and inclusion were at the heart of the My Aorta My Future. With a focus on underrepresented communities and students from low-income households, the event aimed to bridge the gap and showcase equal opportunities for all. By showcasing scientists and professionals from diverse backgrounds, students were able to see first-hand the power of representation and the importance of diversity in scientific research.
KS4 Curriculum Links
- Showcasing scientific career paths
- Development of scientific thinking
- Experimental skills and strategies
- Analysis and evaluation
- Real-world context
Building Bridges for the Future
Students engaged in thought-provoking discussions, sought career advice, and learned about the groundbreaking research being conducted to tackle aortic dissection and improve patient outcomes. These connections will serve as a foundation for their future endeavours in the biomedical research field.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the exhibitors, researchers, surgeons, and volunteers who made My Aorta My Future a resounding success. Their dedication, knowledge, and passion contributed to an enriching experience for the schools that attended. We would also like to express our appreciation to the University of Liverpool, Everton in the Community, and Everton FC for their support in making this event possible.
“If an event like this at Goodison Park will encourage young people to get into this type of work, then it’s all worthwhile”
Media & Publications Manager, Everton Football Club
The impact of this biomedical careers day will continue to resonate long after the event. The seeds of curiosity and inspiration planted in the hearts of the students will grow, and we are excited to see the future career paths and contributions they may make in the field of biomedical research.
My Aorta My Future was a celebration of passion, discovery, and empowerment. We are proud to have played a part in inspiring the next generation of biomedical researchers. As we reflect on this remarkable event, we are filled with gratitude and enthusiasm for what the future holds.