Youth Membership Scheme

Centre of the Cell’s Youth Membership Scheme (YMS) is open to all young people aged 14 – 19. Through the YMS we offer a range of activities and opportunities for young people interested in a career in science and healthcare. All activities are completely free of charge.

To join the Youth Membership Scheme, complete and return a contact and monitoring form, which can be downloaded here. To find out more about the YMS, see below.

The YMS offers the following opportunities:

Work Experience

We offer a limited number of term-time work placements every year. On work experience you will go behind the scenes of Centre of the Cell, and assist us with school visits. Please note that a work placement with us does not include laboratory experience.


Volunteers help us during the school holidays, when we run events for families. You’ll help our visitors get the most out of their experience, and help our staff with practical tasks.

Advice & Mentoring

We run advice and mentoring sessions for science and health careers throughout the year. These include careers workshops, where you can meet scientists working at Queen Mary University of London and medical or dental students studying at Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry. We also run advice sessions to help you with university applications for medicine, dentistry, and other science-related university courses. Over the Easter holidays we run biology revision sessions to help you prepare for exams.

Summer School

2019 will see the third Centre of the Cell summer school, in which 15 year 12 students will take part in a week packed full of activities which provide first-hand experience of science and health-related careers, such as laboratory work and clinical skills workshops. The Summer School is the only YMS activity with a competitive application process. To find out more click here.

The application process for the 2019 Summer School is now closed.

Big Question Lectures

Twice a year we host a Big Question lecture, a talk aimed at our Youth Members and delivered by a leading scientist on campus at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Members can bring friends and family to hear about ground-breaking research happening here in London, and to ask our speaker about their work. Previous Big Questions have included: “The Great Plague: How have autopsies transformed our understanding of disease?” and “Was World War One good for medicine?”

Youth Forum

The Youth Forum provides unique opportunities for Members to help with Centre of the Cell projects and have a direct influence on our work. Past meetings have included:

  • Working with us to develop upcoming Big Question lectures.
  • Testing new educational content.
  • Judging a social media competition.

Special Projects

Occasionally we are able to offer a small group of Youth Members the opportunity to work on a long-term project. Previous projects included the Sores, Spores & Sickly Bugs project, where Youth Members visited archives and researched the history of medical treatment in East London, and used their research to develop and deliver activities to families. You can find out more about this project here.

Our activities and opportunities are available free of charge, but on a first-come, first-served basis (except for the Summer School), and only to Youth Members. To enrol, please complete and return a contact and monitoring form, which can be downloaded here.
Youth Members are encouraged to demonstrate their interest and motivation by enrolling themselves and maintaining their own bookings for events.

If you have any enquiries about our Youth Membership Scheme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at



Upcoming Events & Opportunities:

October half term volunteering

During the school holidays we offer Youth Members the opportunity to work alongside our team as volunteers and assist us with our family events. Holiday volunteering offers a brilliant opportunity to improve your confidence and communication skills while having fun and helping to inspire our visitors!

If you are interested in volunteering with us over the holidays, let us know by contacting us at Please note that you must belong to the Youth Membership Scheme in order to volunteer – you can download a contact and monitoring form to join here.