School pupil doing a science experimennt

A new partnership with BioCity to excite Nottingham pupils about science and raise awareness of local STEM careers opportunities

We are working in partnership with BioCity, the largest science incubator in the UK, to deliver a range of programmes engaging schools with local opportunities in STEM.


Each month, we invite a group of primary school pupils to spend a day in the BioCity labs, using their own curiosity to investigate questions that matter to them. Pupils will work with the Ignite! team and a Scientist in Residence from one of the companies based at BioCity to learn about how scientists really do investigations.

We are relaunching Lab_13 BioCity as a digital project in 2021, linking schools with BioCity-based researchers over a half-term to collaborate on science projects investigating the questions the pupils have about the world around them. You can read more about the project in our recent blog

If you're interested in taking part in Lab_13 BioCity in 2021, get in touch:


We have put together a Lab_13 BioCity Cookbook, which includes ten activities that we developed through Lab_13 BioCity in 2019, all inspired by the questions from primary pupils across Nottingham. We hope that this resource will be used by primary teachers to embed asking questions into science learning, and to develop pupils' abilities to think and act like scientists. ​The cookbook is available as a free download here or via our Resources page. 


We have previously celebrated Ada Lovelace Day in 2018 and 2019 by inviting year 7 and 8 girls from ten Nottingham and Nottinghamshire secondary schools to take part in interactive activities run by inspiring female scientists. We will be running this event again in 2020 and once again pupils will have the opportunity to speak to real scientists working across academia, research and industry and ask questions about what it's like to be a women in STEM. In October 2020, Ada Lovelace Day took place as a virtual event, with six Nottinghamshire schools taking place in a range of activities and Q&A sessions with local female scientists.