The Biomedical Science Global Challenge is an exciting new programme aimed at undergraduate science students who have an interest in applying developments in science to real life global health challenges. You need to be comfortable working as part of a team, be interested in medical research and willing to use your creativity, working with colleagues to find solutions. If you are thinking beyond your current degree and plan to use science to positively influence global decisions about the future health of humanity, look no further; this programme is for you.
Our world is under threat from some of the most complex healthcare epidemics ever seen and all of us will likely be touched by them at some point in our lives. Biomedical science is at the forefront in searching for solutions. The Biomedical Science Global Challenge places you at the heart of one of these global emergencies and your aim is to find a solution.
Week 1: Research
Week 2: Development
Week 3: Dissemination
You will work in a group of students, along with input from scientists and clinicians with diverse backgrounds; together you will research, design and deliver a unique and novel solution to the problem. To equip you with the tools and know-how, you will work closely with world-leading researchers from within the University of Birmingham's College of Medical and Dental Sciences, gaining unique access to their research data and knowledge, with access to the labs to see the work they are doing first-hand. Professionals in healthcare, research design and clinical studies will assist you in the development of your ideas, helping you to envision how they might be implemented in practice. You will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with fellow students, academics, professionals and clinicians, and to 'reality-test' the ideas using role plan in order to check whether the solution is functional in the real world. Using online science communication platfors, you will have the chance to connect with external experts to discuss your ideas and to ask questions of researchers around the globe.
A practical and effective solution relies on excellent communication, teamwork and leadership and these skills will be at the heart of the programme. Over the three weeks, you will take part in various supported sessions to build your idea, develop it and turn it into a solution that you will pitch or present to a group of academics and professionals.
Please note that the programme plan is subject to confirmation for BISS 2020.