IBioIC summer intern, Cristian Halati, talks about organising this year's Pharmaceutical Day activities.

As part of the Strathclyde Summer School Program, IBioIC organised the annual “IBioIC Pharmaceutical Day” on 23rd July.

The event was aimed at Pharmacy Undergraduates coming from China, and its purpose was to not only provide an introduction of Industrial Biotechnology, but also go beyond a simple overview to teach the students  about IBioIC and Scottish Policy, the range of career opportunities available in both research and industry, provide detailed case studies of biotechnology companies and to give an insight into living and studying in Glasgow. The students also had the opportunity to hear from guest industry speaker Russel Banham of YSI, who presented some of the cutting edge technology currently used in industrial biotechnology labs.

After all of this, the second half of the day saw the 37 undergraduates participating in 3 workshops: visiting IBioIC’s open-access R&D facility Rapid Bio, taking part in a fun team quiz with prizes, and watching an interview with two of IBioIC’s current mater’s students, as well as a Q&A session with our intern team.

I was tasked with planning and organising this year’s event, which represented a great personal development and learning opportunity. Some of the tasks included working with the other interns to create and deliver presentations on Biotechnology, organising the three workshops, interviewing current master’s students, video editing, liaising with our industry speaker, catering and room bookings, among others. Through the amount of research involved, the hands-on organisational tasks as well as public speaking opportunity, preparing this event was not only enjoyable but also enabled me to develop many skills which are crucial for success in any profession.

The overall response was very positive, and the day was fun and filled with excitement and laughter. The undergraduates departed with not only a well-rounded overview of everything concerning Industrial Biotechnology, but also with a practical lab tour, information about careers and life as a student in Glasgow, and even the current landscape of Biotechnology in China.

IBioIC aimed for a fresh, engaging and effective approach and I’m delighted to say we succeeded and the event was a hit.

Cristian Halati, Skills Intern