Do you want to know what biochemical engineering is and how biochemical engineers are making an impact in the world by developing ways to manufacture new medicines, by finding sustainable ways to produce chemicals or by making cell and gene therapy available? Here we give you an overview of the variety of activities we are doing and how you can get involved.
Courses in the Department
During the UCL-wide undergraduate and postgraduate open days we hold admissions talks followed by tours of the pilot plant and labs, where prospective students and parents can visit. There are students and staff around, whom you can ask about the course and the department. We as well run virtual open days for those not able to come to UCL. Theses conclude with a live Q&A session. You can find out about dates and how to apply by going to the open days page.
Our Taster Days give Year 12 students with an interest in Biochemical Engineering the chance to meet current students and lecturers, learn about the subject, work on an interactive exercise with presentations and visit our laboratory teaching facilities. The courses are part of the University of London Taster Day initiative and are run with UCL Widening Participation.
Together with UCL Chemical Engineering, we participate in the Summer Challenge course on “Engineering Solutions from Nature”. A-level students from state schools in or near London attend a series of 5 evening sessions. The goal is to design reliable processes for obtaining energy via environmentally friendly methods.
Staff and researchers of the Department take part in the UCL Engineering “Engineers save lives” Masterclass series in collaboration with the Royal Institution. Year 9 pupils are introduced to the diverse range of engineering disciplines in order to inspire them.
We are working closely with the In2Science and Nuffield charities to offer work experience weeks for Year 12 students from low-income background. For 2 to 6 weeks you will work alongside professionals depending on the scheme.
If you are enthusiastic about Biochemical Engineering or Bioprocessing of New Medicines this is a great way to get hands on experience and meet our researchers. In case you are not eligible for these programmes but interested in working with us for a week or two we might be able to host you depending on availability of our researchers.
School visits and Teaching Materials
Our researchers are involved in a range of outreach activities organised by the UCL Faculty of Engineering and UCL Widening Participation. Our STEM ambassadors take part in school visits talking about their personal journeys into biochemical engineering. One of our researchers recently co-created the programme “How Many Engineers Does it take to make Ice Cream?” that is run by the Brilliant Club in schools in Greater London. You can also learn about automation in the “Robot Racing with GERTI” sessions. And pupils can get support to solve engineering problems in The Primary Engineer programme.
Science and Engineering Fairs and Festivals
We have a strong presence at science fairs and festivals: The “Big Algae Experiment”, an open source algae bioreactor and phone app, for example has been rolled out with school groups at the New Scientist Festival, the Latitude Festival and elsewhere. The department was present at last years SmashfestUK showing how to obtain clean water in the event of a natural disaster. Together with the University of Manchester our doctoral students demonstrated at the Manchester Science Festival how to make medicine by producing edible beads. We also took part in designing the “Engineer your Future” installation at the Science Museum London. As part of the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) the department hosted a one-day residential course.
- Information for Teachers
We are working with UCL Widening Participation and UCL Faculty of Engineering to deliver outreach activities for schools including the Masterclasses. You can find out more here:
- Information for Pupils and Parents
Information on our taster days can be found here, including dates and how to apply.
Those interested in doing work experience with us should check if they are eligible for the In2Science and Nuffield schemes. We might be able to host year 12 students not eligible for the schemes depending on availability of our staff. Please inquire at with the Department: email@example.com
Information on the Summer Challenge can be found here.
The Synthetic Biology team at UCL Biochemical Engineering, led by Professor John Ward, have been joined by designer-in-residence Natsai Chieza. "My collaboration with John started in 2011 when he was in SMB in the Darwin Building. We created a framework for deploying colourfast bacteria dyes on fabric using Streptomyces, significantly minimising water-use and negating the use of harmful chemicals.
Published: Apr 30, 2018 10:34:05 AM
UCL Biochemical Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher James Allen has been appointed to The Bioscience skills and careers postdoctoral researchers subgroup (BBSRC), a subgroup to The Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Advisory Panel (BSC) that focuses on postdoc careers and development. This aims to complement the work being done by the departmental PDRA Forum. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/skills/developing-careers/bioscience-skills-careers-postdoc-researcher-subgroup/
Published: Feb 6, 2018 11:18:19 AM
The UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) competition for undergraduate research posters took place on Tuesday 30th January featuring several entries from Biochemical Engineering. We're very pleased to announce that a poster submitted by a team of our 2nd year students has been selected for presentation in parliament on the 20th of February. Their poster on the subject "Analysis of spent coffee grounds as a feasible feedstock to meet bioethanol production demands" won praise from the judges. Congratulations to Aoife Bye, Enya Gomes Clynch, Sofia Spassova and Douglas Head (left to right in photo) and good luck later this month!
Published: Feb 2, 2018 9:32:56 AM
James has been elected to the Chilterns and Middlesex local section of the RSC (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/LocalSections/ChilternsAndMiddlesex/). The committee is involved in a range of local chemistry related events including public engagement, access and schools, and chemistry research in the region.
Published: Jan 29, 2018 11:25:24 AM
As part of the Public Engagement module UCL Biochemical Engineering's Charnett Chau, Jas Kalayan, Maryam Hussain and Neil Forbes formed a group to run a stall at Manchester's Science Spectacular event in October
Published: Dec 18, 2017 9:32:49 AM