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Room BA-00-022, Ulster University Belfast Campus, York St, Belfast BT15 1ED
Northern Ireland branch

As part of the NI Science Festival, we are presenting the first event in the RSB's 10th anniversary Pioneers of Biology series

What revolutionary device, created right here in Northern Ireland, can save lives in the workplace, at home, in the air, at sea or even on the streets?

The portable defibrillator.

Developed by medic Professor Frank Pantridge and engineer Professor John Anderson, we'll reveal the history and stories behind the development of this truly (shocking) lifesaving device.

Hear from passionate speakers in the exciting fields of biological science and engineering, see the early prototypes and learn how innovation and STEM spark new bio-engineering ideas and products at this Royal Society of Biology event.

The inspiring presentations will be followed by a lively networking reception with refreshments to build future (electrical) connections along with hands-on demonstrations.

Directions to the University can be found on the Ulster University website.


We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to this celebratory event:
  • Cecil Lowry, author of the biography Frank Pantridge: Japanese Prisoner of War and Inventor of the Portable Defibrilator
  • Professor Jennifer Adgey, retired consultant cardiologist and professor at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Dr Rob Grundy, chair of Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry panel

Cost and booking

Tickets for this event are £2. To register, please visit the NI Science Festival website.


For queries regarding this event, please contact Harriet McAra at or on 020 3925 3445, or Patrick Dunlop at

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