Techniquest’s popular “Admiral After Hours” events for adults returned on Thursday 29 September, with a special evening of cancer research talks, activities, an amazing Planetarium and a licensed bar.
Thanks to support from Admiral, the Cardiff-based insurance specialist, and the Wales Cancer Partnership (including Cancer Research UK, Cancer Research Wales, European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, Healthwise Wales, Tenovus Cancer Care and Wales Cancer Research Centre), visitors had exclusive access to the 120 hands-on exhibits and ground-breaking cancer research taking place in Wales.
Over 400 people came along to hear talks from leading academics and PhD students covering topics such as cancer immunology and drug discoveries made in Cardiff. Visitors could also take a virtual reality lab tour, play Suppress the Mess Board Game, make their own DNA necklace and try to Escape from the Lab before the timer ran out. And if this wasn’t enough there was over 15 activity stalls around the exhibition space giving an insight into different areas of cancer research through fun, hands-on activities. A Tenovus Cancer Care Sing with Us choir finished the evening in style.
It was clear that everyone who came along really enjoyed the evening.
A visitor to the event said: "As a visitor affected by cancer I wondered what the cancer event at Techniquest After Hours would be like.What amazed me was all the different cancer organisations that were represented in one building. Finding out more about cancer and the amazing ground breaking research that is going on in Wales was fantastic. Having family and friends with cancer I found it reassuring as well as inspiring to know that people are working so hard together to make a difference through research."
Alexa Bishop, Engagement Manager for Cancer Research UK said, “Organising this event has been a really rewarding experience. There are dozens of cancer research organisations in Wales, and we’ve been able to bring the majority of them together for this event. Wales is a really exciting place to be doing research. There are so many cutting edge developments coming through from Welsh labs and clinics; it was a pleasure to see around 70 people working in the cancer research field come together to showcase their work.
“Nearly 500 people come to the event. Everyone seemed really engaged with the work we’re doing, and I hope it’s raised a lot more awareness of the fantastic research that’s happening here in Cardiff, and across Wales."
Organisers hope to run a similar event at Techniquest Glyndwr next year.
There will be three more “After Hours” events held between November and March 2017. For more information, please visit www.techniquest.org