Animal welfare is key to Kate’s Big Bang final success

Kate Ogden, science comp finalist
Kate Ogden, science comp finalist

A talented pupil from Linlithgow Academy is one step closer to science victory after winning a place in the finals of the UK’s prestigious National Science and Engineering competition.

Kate Ogden explored a new method to evaluate reports of animal pain management in bio-medical research articles.

She excelled in the heats of the competition and will now go head-to-head with students from across the country in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most sought-after science honours for young people.

Kate will represent Scotland at the finals of the National Science + Engineering Competition at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at The NEC, Birmingham later this month.

There, Kate’s shortlisted entry will be showcased to over 75,000 visitors and they will come face-to-face with top celebrity judges in a Dragons’ Den style pitch.

Kate said: “I am really excited to have been selected as a finalist.

“I am proud to be given the opportunity to display my project to people who are as interested and passionate about science as I am.

“I hope that my controversial project on lab animal welfare will make a difference, however small, to the welfare of animals involved in research.”