Record number of visitors at the Urdd Eisteddfod

The Gwyddonle was a hive of activity throughout the week

Dr Emyr Benbow from Manchester University conducting a live autopsy

GwyddonLe Science Pavilion

For over a decade Swansea University has sponsored the GwyddonLe, the science pavilion at the Urdd Eisteddfod. This year, the festival is being held from 30 May to 4 June in Denbighshire.

This will be the first time that the Urdd Eisteddfod has been held in three years, after the event was postponed twice due to the Covid pandemic. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone return to the field this year and visiting us in the GwyddonLe!

To coincide with the Urdd's centenary celebrations, this year's GwyddonLe theme is Health. As well as scientific stalls and activities there will also be a special exhibition celebrating a century of health developments.

Dr Gwenno Ffrancon, Director of Academi Hywel Teifi said,

"After two years of contributing digitally to Eisteddfod T, we as staff and students of Swansea University are delighted that we are now able to return to the Urdd Eisteddfod field and re-introduce the young people of Wales to the fun and excitement of the GwyddonLe at Eisteddfod yr Urdd.

"This year our theme ties in with the Urdd's centenary celebrations and the GwyddonLe will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the advances in healthcare and medicine during the Urdd century. As always, children and young people will have the opportunity to learn about the developments since 1922 through shows, experiments and crafts. We will also ask everyone to vote for their favorite development during the Century, and also for everyone to indicate what development they would like to see over the next century."

The GwyddonLe, led by scientists at Swansea University, gives children and young people the opportunity to experience the thrill of studying and working in the fields of science, medicine, human science and health, engineering and technology.

There will be interactive events such as Technocamps Robot Wars, Super Slimy Snot creation, DNA Extraction and Bingo, CPR, heart rate measurement, and much more. Swansea University will also collaborate with external partners that add to the activity in the GwyddonLe including Llaeth y Llan, SBARDUNO, RAS200, Wessex Archeology and the North Wales Wildlife Trust.

The highlight of the week will be on the Friday. At 10am there will be a 'Live Autopsy'! This event is part of the Royal College of Pathologists' 60th anniversary celebrations. Dr Emyr Benbow from the University of Manchester will introduce us to the world of pathologist and guide us through an autopsy on a living body!

Then, there's a chance to watch the Morgan Institute Challenge at noon, a public debate competition, sponsored by the Morgan Institute of Advanced Studies, a Swansea University Center that focuses on interdisciplinary transformational research. The topic for discussion this year is: "Vaccination against serious infections should be made mandatory, for the good of society". The competition aims to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate their reasoning and argumentation skills as well as receive feedback from leading critics. The judges for this year's competition are Professor Angharad Puw Davies and Member of Parliament Llyr Huws Gruffydd.

We can't wait to see you!


Highlights of GwyddonLe 2022

GwyddonLe 2022