School pupils from across Gwent are set to be inspired by a Nobel Prize winner when they attend BioWales 2018.

The event, the 16th year of Wales’ flagship life sciences conference and one of the UK’s leading sector events, will see Nobel Prize winner Prof Sir Martin Evans inspiring 100 Welsh youngsters about a lifetime of opportunities in science.

Returning to the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay on March 7 under a theme of Innovation, Partnerships and Prosperity, this year’s conference, exhibition, workshops, gala dinner and partnering event will attract an international audience of global names including IBI Group, Pfizer and Renishaw.

Delegates will discover a Welsh life sciences sector in rude health, with a flourishing Life Sciences Hub, proven collaboration between industry, academia and the NHS, and a track record in devolved government making swift decisions.

A key attraction this year is the Education Programme created in collaboration with educational charity Techniquest, the UK’s longest established science centre.

Pupils from schools across Wales, including Bassaleg School, Coleg Gwent, St Joseph’s RC and Chepstow High School, will take part in sessions throughout the day which will include building and launching their own rocket and meeting Prof Sir Martin Evans, who won a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2007 for a series of ground-breaking discoveries concerning embryonic stem cells and DNA recombination in mammals.

The BioWales Conference will be opened by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport; and Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, and focuses on how accelerating change and creating value across the Welsh health and care system will make it easier for transformational partnerships to deliver and thrive.

Professor Karol Sikora, chief medical officer with Proton Partners and founder of Cancer Partners UK will show how Wales is leading the future of UK oncology with proton beam therapy, evidenced in the series of oncology centres across the UK known as the Rutherford Cancer Centres, with the first in Newport.

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