Barts and Queen Mary Virtual Science Festival 2022

This year Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (“Barts”) and Queen Mary University of London will be holding their annual festival virtually on Friday 10 June 2022 from 10am to 4pm, online only. The event is family friendly and aimed at older secondary school children, sixth formers and teachers / careers advisors.

Paul Curzon will be giving a talk at 3pm on “The illusion of good medical device design”. Find out more about the talk as well as additional resources here.

We’ll update this page nearer the time with details of his talk and further reading, and more information about the festival generally.

If interested in one or more of the events please email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

The full programme of talks is at the end of this post.

The format will be live virtual talks and activities using a mix of Teams and Zoom with additional activities launched on the Festival website on the same day. There are already lots of interesting science activities there to browse from the 2021 virtual science festival – for example a robot video on science coding, a science dashboard and a virtual clinical careers flipbook. These are listed alphabetically in the “Activities” section.

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 2022 – summary
• Friday 10 June 2022
• 10am to 4pm (Paul’s talk at 3pm for half an hour)
• FREE
• For older secondary pupils and teachers
• Festival website: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/whri/patient-public-engagement/barts-and-queen-mary-science-festival/
• Festival contact: sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

The abstract for Paul Curzon’s talk

The illusion of good medical device design
Professor Paul Curzon
Queen Mary University of London

Using illusions, puzzles and examples of good and bad medical device design, we will explore how programmers can prevent medical error with good interaction design. When disasters occur, human error is often given as the reason, but even experts make mistakes using poor technology. Rather than blame the person, human error should be seen as a design failure. Bad design can make mistakes more likely and good design can often eliminate them. This is especially important if the gadgets are medical devices where mistakes can have enormous consequences. The best computer scientists and programmers don’t just understand technology, they understand people too, and especially our fallibilities. If they don’t, then mistakes using their software and gadgets are more likely. If people make mistakes, don’t blame the person, fix the design and save lives.

More resources supporting Paul’s talk…

The page supporting this talk contains more examples of poor medical device design as well as links to related articles and our related CS4FN magazines.

 


 

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival
Full programme of talks

Barts and Queen Mary Science Virtual Festival 10 June 2022
– virtual programme (PDF copy available to download from festival website)

Virtual talks for older secondary school children/teachers

10am-10.30am
Vivienne Monk, Barts Health NHS Trust

DFN Project SEARCH – a one-year transition to work programme for young people with learning disabilities and autism.

This session presents information on this innovative programme designed to help young people with disabilities into full-time employment.

Offering a one-year transition to work programme in their final year of school or college, the DFN Project SEARCH model involves an extensive period of skills training and career exploration within the NHS.

The session also includes a video which lasts for 14 minutes.

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

11am-11.30am
Nnebs Oje – Royal Hospital Orthopaedic Trust and
Jackie Buck – Barts Health Trust

Clinical research careers talk. Learn more about different ways of starting a clinical career.
Short video followed by a chance to ask questions about this topic.

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

11.35am-12.05pm
Liliana Szabo, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Queen Mary University of London.

Athlete’s heart and basic life support awareness through the eyes of an early career researcher.

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

12.05pm-1.40pm – break/time to browse website resources

 

1.40pm-2.10pm
Rebecca Charles and Mariana Fernandez Caggiano, William Harvey Research Institute

How to fix a broken heart?

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

2.15pm-2.45pm
Centre of the Cell

How Air Pollution Boggles the Brain
Did you know that if your brain was a computer, it would be performing thirty-eight thousand trillion operations every second? Take a look into how your brain processes information that it takes in from its senses by puzzling out some illusions, and then consider the effect that air pollution might be having on the processing power of our brains with our “How Air Pollution Boggles the Brain” Workshop. The MRC Centre for Environment and Health in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Bedfordshire are currently researching the impact of air pollution on children’s cognitive abilities and have developed this workshop as a way of explaining what it is that we’re looking at, and why we’re interested in it.

Format: Zoom
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

3pm-3.30pm
Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London

Human Error and Medical Device Design
Using illusions, puzzles and examples of good and bad medical device design, we will explore how programmers can prevent medical error with good interaction design. When disasters occur, human error is often given as the reason, but even experts make mistakes using poor technology. Rather than blame the person, human error should be seen as a design failure. Bad design can make mistakes more likely and good design can often eliminate them. This is especially important if the gadgets are medical devices where mistakes can have enormous consequences. The best computer scientists and programmers don’t just understand technology, they understand people too, and especially our fallibilities. If they don’t, then mistakes using their software and gadgets are more likely.  If people make mistakes, don’t blame the person, fix the design and save lives.

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk

 

3.35pm-4pm
Charlotte Patten, Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre

Eye-Q,  is a rich source of information about eyes and vision, eye health, and what you can do to help people with eye problems. The Eye-Q team from Moorfields Eye Hospital will run an online workshop for 11-18 year olds.  We hope that you will like what you see, and that you might want to give some of your time and join our team of Young Volunteers.

The purpose is to inspire young people of all backgrounds to volunteer, and maybe plan a career in the NHS.

Format: Teams
For more information/registration email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk