Past events

Futures: Up late at the SS Great Britain

Helen Williams, Andy Bond, Georgia Atkinson and Sam Sendac represented UOB at the Futures: Up late at the SS Great Britain public engagement event. Hands on activities allowed members of the public to try their hand at being a heart surgeon or a cardiologist. Their exhibit also featured models of hearts and blood vessels borrowed from Giovanni, Michele and Charlie Tanner.

The cardiologist activity involved clearing fatty cells from a giant artery using a grabber mounted with an endoscope camera. While the heart surgeon activity allowed them to try attaching pieces of vein onto hearts using forceps (thanks for Emma Johnson and Tessa Forbes for their crochet skills).

People of all ages visited the exhibit, which was busy the whole evening and featured some healthy family rivalries to see who could remove the most fat cells in the time allowed, or sew on the veins fastest. There were also plenty of questions and interesting discussion about heart disease and the work that takes place at BHI.

Joint meeting of the Bristol Heart Institute, Specialist Research Institute and the British Heart Foundation Bristol Accelerator Award


Thursday 2nd February 2023, 9:00am to 5pm


Engineers’ House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3NB


We were delighted that our Vice Chancellor, Evelyn Welch was able to attend our research showcase event.  Professor Deborah Lawlor was our plenary speaker.  Deborah Lawlor is the BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Science and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol.   Professors Angelini and Lawlor opened the event by providing updates on the BHI and BHF Accelerator Award.  During the morning there were two sessions on ‘Showcasing Research’ and during the afternoon 18 PhD students gave ‘Flash Presentations’ to highlight aspects of their research.  A thought provoking animation was shown reflecting on public engagement and finally Professor Lawlor gave the plenary talk and the student awards were announced.

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