VALIDATE Events for Schools

VALIDATE Online School

VALIDATE provides school students around the world with an exciting opportunity to engage with leading scientists from around the world who work in vaccine research.

Next schools event - BCG100 for Schools: Pathways to becoming wildlife researchers

Pathways to becoming wildlife researchers - 11 May 2021 at 10:00 GMT. 

Dr Wynand Johan Goosen & Prof Michele A Miller

Part of VALIDATE's BCG100 Programme marking the centenary of the BCG vaccine. Michele and Wynand will discuss the very different paths each took to follow their passion and become wildlife researchers. Students will hear stories on how different people followed their professional dreams to become scientists that contribute to our understanding the links between animals, humans and environmental health.


Find out more and register online.

About the School Talks

VALIDATE is an international network of over 400 researchers who are working to develop vaccines against tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, melioidosis, and leprosy. In the VALIDATE for Schools talks, our world-leading researchers discuss their science careers and their fascinating research with young people.

Currently, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all meetings will take place using MS Teams. However, we hope to offer face to face events soon. The Q&A will take place using the teams chat function.


Who is it for?
The talks are suitable for most students but will be most relevant 13 to 18 years olds with an interest in science. It will be of special relevance to those students interested in pursuing a career in any STEM field or biomedical research in particular. If your students are based at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are welcome to join from their own laptops or other devices.

VALIDATE for Schools #1: 9 December 2020
Our first VALIDATE for Schools event saw Prof Helen McShane (VALIDATE Director and Professor of Vaccinology at University of Oxford) and Dr Rachel Tanner (VALIDATE Fellow, and post-doctoral scientist at University of Oxford) speaking about their careers and research to over 200 students from 11 schools around the UK. This talk is open-access, and you can view it on YouTube.

Past Event: Watch now!

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VALIDATE Members Prof Helen McShane and Dr Rachel Tanner sat down with hundreds of school children across the UK to talk about their science careers and vaccine research. Schools included Chipping Campden School, Harris Academy Greenwich, Hautlieu School, Maria Fidelis Catholic School, Moreton Hall School, Ormiston Rivers Academy, Pontypridd High School, Hawthorn High School, Blessed Hugh Faringdon, Copthall School, and Wheatley Park School.

The Speakers

Prof Helen McShane is the VALIDATE Network Director; Director of the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre; Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University; Deputy Head (Translation and Personnel), Medical Sciences Division; and an Honorary Consultant Physician in infectious diseases. Since 2001, Helen has led a TB vaccine research group at the University of Oxford. She collaborates with several research groups across Africa in TB vaccine clinical trials.

Dr Rachel Tanner is a member of VALIDATE's Network Management Board and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford. Rachel is also a VALIDATE Fellow and a Lecturer in HumanSciences. Rachel's research focuses on the antibody response to TB vaccination and she has an interest in finding ways to reduce the use of animals in TB vaccine testing. She has also been helping recently with the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Request a talk

Complete the form below and provide us with some information and register an interest in a VALIDATE for Schools Event.