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We hold regular recruitment calls for volunteers based on Edinburgh BioQuarter to support the delivery of community science engagement activities.

Our volunteers represent a wide range of roles and organisations across Edinburgh BioQuarter, including scientists and professional services staff from University research centres, health innovation companies and the NHS.

Please find details of current opportunities below.

Current Opportunities

Young Scientists Wanted!

We are currently recruiting volunteers for:


Are you a scientist or other professional working in the STEM field, based at Edinburgh BioQuarter? Could you spare some time to be a ‘Science Buddy’ for one of our local Primary Schools?

We are currently recruiting for volunteers for the 2023/24 academic year.

Find out more and apply


This highly successful mentoring programme for senior phase high school students is part of the ongoing partnership between Edinburgh BioQuarter and Castlebrae Community Campus.

We are recruiting for volunteers to support the mentoring programme for the academic year 2023/24.

Training sessions will run on Friday 25th August and Friday 13th October. Closing date for application is 9th October 2023.

Find out more and apply

” During lockdown in 2020, I completed my Highers in Maths, Chemistry and Biology and the curriculum I followed three years ago is very similar to what the students are learning today.

” I don’t have a degree, so was apprehensive I wouldn’t be ‘smart’ enough to have a significant impact with mentoring. However, I quickly learned that mentoring isn’t just about classroom learning but also sharing experiences and advice with the students to help them feel more prepared and confident for their life outside of High School. ” – Connie Aitkin, Science Mentor


If you have an idea for a new community engagement activity that you would like to develop, please get in touch and we would be happy to offer support and advice.

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Why Volunteer?

What our volunteers say

Our volunteers tell us that they reap personal reward; a sense of enjoyment, satisfaction and growth which all contribute towards a richer work life now and in the future.

“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.” (ScienceMentors@Castlebrae Mentor)

“Engagement with a local community that has a lot of under-privileged children is a very worthwhile project. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with public, particularly children.” (Community Science Festival volunteer)

“I personally gained a greater sense of purpose from delivering our content at community events.” (Community Science Festival volunteer)

Other Benefits

Corporate Social Responsibility

Involvement in the community engagement project will help your organisation meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) aims, through giving something back to the local community.

Training and Support

We deliver bespoke training for all volunteers taking part in our community engagement activities, equipping them with skills in public engagement and science communication.

Benefits for science

Public engagement can produce research and science that has greater impact, boost a scientist’s profile and enable access to new funding streams. It can also increase confidence when engaging stakeholders.


If you would like to discuss ways you may be able to get involved or support the Edinburgh BioQuarter Community Engagement Project, please contact community@edinburghbioquarter.com.