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 keep in touch and hear about our latest online events and content for Youth Members, join the Youth Membership Scheme by completing an online form here.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at

You can find out what kind of activities the Youth Membership Scheme offers below!

Read about why one of our members joined here!

Work Experience

Placements are focused on the skills required for science communication but are also extremely useful for anyone interested in a healthcare/STEM career. We run two types – virtual and in-person. There is crossover between the two types, so it is advisable to only take part in one of them.

All placements offer plenty of activities to develop transferable skills. For example through interviewing a medical/dental student or a scientist, or designing an online science game to develop your research and presentation skills.

To find out more about our work experience, email

Please note that our work experience does not include any lab work.


Week long placements during term time. Includes supporting with the delivery of our school events, learning how a science centre runs behind the scenes.

These placements will take place during the school day (10am-3pm) so permission will be required from your school.


Incorporates a mixture of video calls and independent activities received by email, with activities including interviewing a scientist/student and debating a hot topic. This placement allows you to organise your time, helping you to develop independence and time management skills.

During February Half Term and the Summer holidays, for 4 days from 10am-3pm.

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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. Offers great experience to make your CV stand out.

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Advice & Mentoring

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.

Advice sessions to help you with university applications for medicine, dentistry, and other science-related university courses.

Biology revision sessions to help you prepare for exams during the Easter holidays .

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Summer School

The Centre of the Cell Summer School for up to sixteen Year 12 students takes place during the summer holidays, and involves 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 but it is still free of charge.

The 2022 Summer School will take place from July 25th – 29th. The application deadline is April 1st with interviews being held during the Easter Holidays.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED* The new deadline for Summer School applications is May 13th. Interviews will be held during May Half Term.

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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 “Will Robots Replace Surgeons?”

You can watch some of our previous lectures here.

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.

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.

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 our online form 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