Inspiring young scientists at the Big Bang Fair 2015

13 April 2015

This March GSK returned to the NEC, Birmingham to spend four action-packed days with thousands of budding young scientists.

This year our presence at the Big Bang Fair was bigger than ever. We invited students to test their bodies’ strength and reactions, make skin cream and toothpaste, and learn about one of the world’s most serious, infectious diseases - Malaria - all with the help of our inspirational GSK scientists.

We also invited 30 finalists from the National Science + Engineering Competition to our ‘after dark’ VIP session, which included the opportunity to talk to our scientists, as well as receive an exclusive tour of our stand. They were also lucky enough to meet two world-class athletes, Laura Penhaul and Emma Mitchell of the Coxless Crew, who are part of an all female team that will be hoping to achieve a world first by rowing unsupported across the Pacific Ocean, starting from San Francisco in April.

The girls were joined by sports dietician Ana Antόn-Solanas, from the GSK Human Performance Lab, and talked about the support they have received from our scientists at the HPL. They explained the huge role that science will play in their epic transoceanic journey. To find out more about the Coxless Crew visit

The Big Bang Fair might be over for 2015 but you can still experience all of the action: check out our film and image gallery to see what you missed!

You can also take our online Reaction test, check out our fantastic resources and enter the GSK Germ Control Challenge 2015. And don’t forget to stay up to date by following us on Twitter.