On Wednesday 13 January, we revealed an artwork installation displayed on the construction hoardings around the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), the site of our future Research and Development Center and Corporate Headquarters. It depicts the fusion of science and art through the eyes of local Cambridge schoolchildren. The artwork displays the output of collaboration with nine local schools and the imagination and creativity of over 400 students aged 7-17.
Part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach programme in the local Cambridge community, the project began mid-2015 with workshops led by AstraZeneca and MedImmune STEM volunteers and local artists. Hosted at the University Technical College and the Cambridge Science Centre – and in partnership with STEM Team East - the workshops invited local students to learn about the science behind new medicines and how potential medicines are identified and developed. Students then created a circular picture that captures what science means to them.
Hosting the launch event at the CBC, Jane Osbourn, VP of R&D MedImmune and Mene Pangalos, EVP of AstraZeneca’s IMED Biotech Unit, with New Build Programme Lead Arden Yang, welcomed guests onto the site.
Commenting on the programme, Jane said: “We are committed to sharing our passion for science by supporting science-based educational events for young people. The ‘Science in Pictures’ workshops introduced students to the kind of research biopharmaceutical companies undertake and the breakthroughs that are possible for the treatment of the world’s most complex diseases.”
Mene added: “The circular artwork that the students produced captures the visual world of discovery science and will provide a creative enhancement to the hoardings around the new Cambridge Biomedical Campus site. We would like to thank STEM Team East, Cambridge Science Centre and all of the schools for their engagement in this project.”