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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Lighting the Brain After Birth

See us live at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition! We’re a team of engineers, scientists and doctors at UCL who are developing a new light-based technique to help diagnose and monitor brain injury in newborn babies. 

If you want to know more about our science, see our film: 

Learn more about the technology!

Learn more about our demos and other exhibits:

Have a look at our exhibits at the Big Bang Fair 2018!

Dates and times are as follows:

1 July 2019 (Mon): 11am – 6pm

2 July 2019 (Tues): 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm (Lates – for adults only)

3 July 2019 (Wed): 10am – 4.30pm

4 July 2019 (Thurs): 10am – 4.30pm

5 July 2019 (Fri): 10am – 6pm

6 July 2019 (Sat): 10am – 6pm

7 July 2019 (Sun): 10am – 6pm


6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

More information can be found at the Royal Society website:


Want to learn more?

Click here to see the overview

Click here to see in the hospital

Click here to see the science

Click here to see the engineering

Click here to visit our UCL Research website

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It’s All Academic

On Saturday 15th September 2018, University College London is holding the It’s All Academic Festival, with a range of talks, tours, workshops, pop-up events and interactive experiences – and MetaboLight will be joining the event! We will have our brain scanner and hand scanner at the event, feel free to come by and get your body illuminated with lights, and prepare to be mesmerized by what we can do with light!


The festival is open to all, we’ll see you at the South Cloisters of UCL from 10:00 – 17:00!


Read more here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/festival/its-all-academic-festival-15-september-2018

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Bristol Science Film Festival 2018

We are extremely excited to have our MetaboLight video shortlisted to be played at the Bristol Science Film Festival 2018! A selection of short science films will be played on the big screen at Millennium Square on Sunday 19th August 2018 from 19:30 to 21:30, be sure to go see us there!


Read more here: https://brisscifilm.wordpress.com/eventsdiary2018/

Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWjNuHvaLDc

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Shedding light on baby brain injury

We are very proud to have our researcher Dr. Gemma Bale share how she uses infrared to monitor baby brains and give hope to the lives of affected families. Organized by the British Science Association, the event will be held on 13 September from 13:00 to 14:00 at:


Middleton Hall,

University of Hull,

Cottingham Rd,

Hull HU6 7RX

Register here: https://www.britishsciencefestival.org/event/shedding-light-on-baby-brain-injury/


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Illuminating Brains at Wellcome Trust

Our medical physicist Gemma Bale will give a talk about her life-saving work using light to observe and diagnose the brain health of newborn babies on 25th July from 13:00 to 14:00, at the Wellcome Trust Forum, through the Medicine Now gallery on level 1.


Virtual Schools at UCL Engineering

MetaboLight with be offering a session for virtual schools on 25th July to teach young people with an interest in science, technology and engineering about how light interacts with our body!

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London Big Bang Fair

MetaboLight will be at the London Regional Big Bang Fair on the 13th and 14th July.

The event will be held at:

Sutton Grammar School
Manor Lane,


Illuminating the brain in sickness and in health – Cafe Scientifique, Henley-on-Thames

Wednesday 21st March 2018


How can you monitor the brain using light? Gemma will demonstrate by measuring the brain activity of someone in the audience! and discuss her group’s results from monitoring brain health in new-borns with brain injury.


Dr Gemma Bale is from the department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London


For more information, see the Cafe Scientifique website


Engineering Saves Lives Masterclass

Metabolight will be hosting a masterclass session as part of UCL Engineering’s “Engineering Saves Lives” series!

See more here

24th February 2018
UCL, London

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Big Bang Fair 2018

Metabolight will be heading to the Big Bang Fair 2018 at Birmingham NEC!

See more here

14th-17th March 2018
Birmingham NEC

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Physics in Action, The Training Partnership

Gemma Bale will be speaking about her work and Metabolight at Physics in Action.

See more here.

Camden Centre, London – 11:00-16:00 7th March 2018

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Physics in Action, The Training Partnership

Gemma Bale will be speaking about her work and Metabolight at Physics in Action.

See more here.

Friends House, London – 11:00-16:00 8th December 2017

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Physics in Action, The Training Partnership

Gemma Bale will be speaking about her work and Metabolight and Physics in Action.

For more information, see here.

University of Warwick – 10:00-15:00 13th November 2017


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Norwich Science Festival

Metabolight will be attending the Norwich Science Festival on the 25th October!

Come along and learn all about our research and see our BRAND NEW exhibit.

The Forum,
Millennium Plain,

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London International Youth Science Forum

28th July 10-1pm


Metabolight will be involved with the London International Youth Science Forum.


For more information about the event, please see their website here.


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Institute of Physics Teacher Conference

12th July 10:30-11:30am


Metabolight will be demonstrating our work to the Institute of Physics teacher conference.

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UCLH Open Day

4th July 2-5pm


The Metabolight team will be at the UCLH Open day event, showing off our research and devices. Come along and have a chat with us and see how we’re using light to investigate the brain!


For more details about the day, click here to go to the event website


University College Hospital
235 Euston Rd

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Metabolight Launch

12th July 5-7pm


Metabolight will officially launch on the 12th July. We’ll be showing off our informational video and talking about our plans for the future. Come and join us in G01, UCL, 66–72 Gower Street, WC1E 6EA


17:00 Welcome drinks and demos

17:30 Talk about our funding and public engagement experience

18:00 Launch of MetaboLight branding and website

18:15 Premier screening of short film

18:30 Drinks reception and demos

19:15 Close



For more information and details on how to register please visit our Eventbrite page



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