Uckfield company puts brains in the frame

Katie Davage
Katie Davage

An Uckfield firm is teaming up with UCTC students to boost science careers.

Scientifica is delighted to be involved with two key Sussex-based academic events to coincide with and support Brain Awareness Week (BAW).

Former University of Sussex graduate and current Scientifica employee Katie Davage returned to the University this week to talk to students. And on March 12 students at Uckfield Community Technology College will be treated to a talk on how the brain works.

BAW runs from March 11-15 and is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

The annual campaign was founded by The Dana Foundation.

Its aim is to share information about the science of the brain, the benefits of brain research and encourage further insights by giving out research grants.

On March 5 Katie spoke to current science and PhD students as part of Careers in Science - Make it happen!

University alumni relations officer Sally Atkinson said: “We’re delighted Scientifica is supporting this event at The University of Sussex and that one of our recent graduates, Katie Davage, is returning to campus to speak to current students about her work.”

Fabrizio Sitzia from Scientifica will present to a Year 10 UCTC audience on topics such as typical neural disorders that affect the young, and why scientists decide to research these areas.

Mike Ball, head of science at UCTC, said: “We are very enthusiastic about Scientifica’s involvement with us in providing the chance for pupils to learn about the applications of science in cutting edge medical developments regarding the workings of our brain.

“It is particularly valuable for pupils to experience first-hand the contribution of local firms to advances in science and how those developments come about.

“We expect this to be a very popular and engaging debate that will be a step on the path towards a future career in science.”

These events fit into the Government’s 2004 Science and Innovation Investment Framework set up to drive the UK’s standing as a centre of research, increase investment in research and development and support a strong supply of scientists, engineers and technologists.