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Supporting and inspiring young scientists


This highly successful mentoring programme for science students is a partnership between Edinburgh BioQuarter and neighbouring high school – Castlebrae Community High School.

Young scientists based at Edinburgh BioQuarter provide mentoring and tutoring support to senior pupils studying science subjects.

Initially established to guide young people through their exam period, the scheme’s success has come from the positive force the mentors provide in the pupils’ lives, whilst the mentors themselves report a strong sense of satisfaction in supporting the young people. It is heartening to see the benefit this community engagement can bring to both mentors and mentees lives.

“It has made me more confident interacting with teenagers and identifying ways in which to explain topics in a way that works for them to understand… Overall it was a great experience.” (Mentor)

“I just wanted to say thanks to you guys for making me get more interested in Biology.” (Mentee)


The mentoring programme was established in 2015 by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), a world-leading medical research centre located on BioQuarter.

The programme was the brainchild of a former postdoctoral researcher at the Centre, Sabine Gogolok, who wanted to develop further links with the local high school and support their pupils in the study of science.

Over the years, the scheme has expanded beyond CRM and now involves scientists and medical professionals from across BioQuarter.


If you would like to discuss ways you may be able to support the Edinburgh BioQuarter Community Engagement Project, please contact Dr Cathy Southworth or Ellie Roger.