Inspiring a new generation of innovators

A Professor from our University is inspiring the next generation of innovators.

University of Leicester Honorary Graduate and former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin has invited Professor Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement, to be part of her Teen Tech events, inspiring Tomorrow’s innovators.

TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. The lively, focussed age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations

Professor King will take part in the TeenTech events at the Emirates stadium on April 30 and May 1. The event is hosted by Dr Philbin and attended by Matt Hancock , Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Over 750 young people will be attending.

Professor King said: “I am passionate about science and in sharing and communicating this passion so that young people are inspired to achieve and realise their full potential. By sharing the wonder of science, I hope many more people are excited by the world of opportunities it presents.”

Professor King will be hosting an exhibition on Richard III – the University led the archaeological discovery of Richard III under a car park in Leicester and undertook the scientific work that confirmed his identity. The exhibit will include a 3D printed model of the Plantagenet king.

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
The discovery of Richard III captured the imagination of a nation.

Professor King, who led the genetics work in identifying the mortal remains of the king, will tell the story of the discovery. In the exhibition, the genetics and biology of the infamous monarch are revealed as the archaeological difficulties underlying the entire project are also laid bare.

Professor King will also showcase a step-by-step guide on how to extract DNA – from a strawberry.

She said: “The public will have heard about how DNA is used and it’s very popular to have DNA analysed for ancestry testing or health. Few people have actually seen DNA, so I have produced a video that will actively engage audiences. The video showcases how easy it is for people to see DNA for themselves, and get involved in a fun way.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: "It's fantastic to see TeenTech bringing some of our brightest minds together for a fun and educational event to inspire the next generation of digital leaders. 

"Initiatives like this are crucial in helping students develop the digital, teamwork and problem solving skills they will need as we build a Britain that is fit for the future.”