UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Vax Hub wins IHE Community Engagement Award

31 October 2023

Congratulations! The Vax Hub team here at UCL Biochemical Engineering have been awarded the UCL Institute for Healthcare Engineering (IHE) Community Engagement Award for their work between June 2022 and June 2023

Salome De Sa Magalhaes, Stephen Morris and Ludovica Vaiarelli with award

Formed in April 2018, the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub (Vax-Hub) is an academic collaboration led by UCL Biochemical Engineering and the University of Oxford. The hub aims to improve public health, develop skills, benefit national economies, boost the vaccine pipeline, impact policy and carry out public engagement. This award is a recognition of the fantastic work the team has done in the field of public engagement.

Stephen Morris, Ludovica Vaiarelli and Salome De Sa Magalhaes have led this work for The Vax Hub. Through their work with students in places such as Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, Langdon Park School and North Hertfordshire College, they have raised the profile of biochemical engineering and vaccine manufacture.

Stephen and the team would like to thank everyone in the department who has supported their work:

"We would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone, Vax-Hub or not, who has contributed to the success of our program. Your contributions have come in many forms, presentations to student groups, demonstrating experiments and equipment, talking about your work and experience, and helping with admin to make things run smoothly – from hours to a few minutes.

From the consistent feedback we get from our school partners all these have added up to make a huge difference and are very much appreciated by the students and staff." Stephen Morris, October 2023

Stephen and Ludovica are looking forward to carrying out many more events scheduled for the coming year. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.

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Ludovica Vaiarelli
Vax-Hub Outreach Coordinator