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:

Big Question Lecture – July 2019
30 years of London’s Air Ambulance: What does it take to save the capital’s critically injured?




Centre of the Cell’s Big Question Lectures give you the chance to hear from leaders in science and healthcare about the cutting-edge biology and innovative front-line medicine going on right here in East London.

Our next Big Question lecture is taking place in partnership with London’s Air Ambulance on Wednesday 10th July. London’s Air Ambulance Charity delivers rapid response and cutting-edge medical care to save lives in the city. The service brings the hospital emergency department to the scene, delivering life-saving treatment to the 10 million people who live and work in London. Join Centre of the Cell for an exciting and rare opportunity to hear from members of the London’s Air Ambulance team about their life-saving work.

Where: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, London, E1 2AT

When: Wednesday 10th July 6pm – 7:30pm

Format: The London’s Air Ambulance crew members will each give a short talk, followed by time for questions. At 7pm we’ll move into the Blizard reception area for refreshments and further discussion. 

Tickets for the lecture are free of charge but booking is essential. Over 14s only. Book your free ticket here.

If you have any questions about the event please contact us at