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Headline Sponsor: AstraZeneca Inspire All at The Big Bang North West 2017!
We were overjoyed to have AstraZeneca (Liverpool) return as our Headline Sponsor for The Big Bang North West 2017. This is the fourth year they have raised their colours as the lead supporter of our flagship event and once again, they delivered! The Big Bang North West 2017 was double the size and double the excitement!
The Big Bang North West is organised by All About STEM and is part of a programme led by EngineeringUK. Big Bang events enable young people to discover the exhilarating and rewarding careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths via fun, hands-on experiences.
AstraZeneca led the event offering inspiring activities including surgical virtual reality, safety, analysis, testing and thermal imaging!
Attendees could get to grips with microscopes and cell samples, build sensational structures, check out a mass spectrometer, gown up like a real scientist and challenge robots!
Visitors packed AstraZeneca’s stand to experiment and explore all of their health and medical exhibits, learning more about lifesaving medicines and vaccines.
Along with The Big Bang North West, AstraZeneca also sponsored The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition at the event and the North West Young Scientist of the Year Award.
Simon Willocks of AstraZeneca Liverpool said: “What a fantastic day!! AstraZeneca were once again proud sponsors of the even bigger Big Bang North West for 2017…. the AstraZeneca STEM Team of over 40 Scientists, Engineers and Technical Subject Matter Experts from across the Northwest, provided an insight to our industry, demonstrating work place activities including Chemistry, Product Development, Engineering, Manufacturing and IT, explaining how the STEM subjects studied at school can contribute to career opportunities within an organisation that deliver life changing medicines. An inspiring event for all who attended and supported… congratulations to all involved!!”
In support of AstraZeneca, Flir Systems brought along their ingenious thermal imaging cameras including an attachment and app which turned an iPhone into a thermal imager. Machine Dynamics provided vibration and ultrasonic analysis equipment. AstraZeneca pulled out all of the stops to inspire the next STEM generation!
AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Through innovation and collaboration they work to achieve better health for all. In addition to supporting the science and innovation base of the UK, they also make a significant economic contribution in this country. As well as having a large research and development organisation, AstraZeneca have more than 200 active partnerships with academic, research-funding and charitable organisations around the country. They also offer significant educational opportunities for young scientists.
AstraZeneca Liverpool employ over 360 people at their biologics site at Speke, Liverpool, which has unique facilities to bulk-manufacture the nasal spray influenza vaccines Fluenz. Fluenz is an important part of the Government’s extended childhood flu vaccination programme.
It really was amazing! Thank you AstraZeneca!
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Images © All About STEM / Big Bang North West – Photographer: Gareth Jones