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Public Engagement Blog

Welcome to the Public Engagement Blog! This blog was created to allow Institute staff & students to share their stories and comments on public engagement events and activities as well as providing a space for our researchers to discuss scientific topics and about their life in the lab.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Babraham Institute.

‘Competency through Challenge’ - schools’ partnerships to stimulate creativity and develop skills

Ahead of his workshop at the Association for Science Education Conference, Michael Hinton, Institute Public Engagement Officer, describes his experience of challenge-based learning projects

08/01/2019

Reflections on a great year of Public Engagement

As 2018 draws to a close, Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement Manager Tacita Croucher looks back on our Public Engagement highlights this year and shares some of the things to look forward to in 2019.

21/12/2018

A valiant team effort brought labs to life for European Researcher’s Night

Public Engagement intern Samir Morsli reflects on his experiences in Peterborough and Cambridge during LifeLab, part of European Researchers’ Night 2018

30/11/2018

Science in the Square

The Babraham Institute researchers and animal care facility staff travelled to Cathedral Square,  Peterborough, in September to engage the public as part of LifeLab. Esther, Public Engagement Officer, shares her experiences of public engagement in the square!

29/10/2018

Inspiration in Immunology

Isby visited the Institute for Schools’ Day and took part in a project to investigate white blood cells in a mouse model. As she starts her degree in Biochemistry at Durham University she looks back on her experience in our labs.

16/10/2018

A fish out of water: How a zebrafish researcher is discovering public engagement

Public Engagement intern Samir Morsli tells us about his research, his expectations for his three-month placement at the Babraham Institute, and how it complements his PhD at The University of Sheffield.

 

04/10/2018

How do we create additional value for research?

Co-creation in action! Emma, Public Engagement Officer, summarises the latest ORION open experiment at the Euroscience Open Forum in Toulouse.

26/09/2018

LifeLab is coming to town

Since 2016 ‘European Researcher’s Night’ has been hosted in countries throughout Europe. For 2018 and 2019, Cambridgeshire will have its own night called LifeLab. The Institute is one of the founding organisations – read on to find out how to get involved.

21/09/2018

PhD Students Rise to the LaunchPad Challenge

PhD students Izzy Hampson and Carolyn Rogers describe how they joined forces to create a new project for secondary school students

11/09/2018

Epigenetics and English: a 2-week introduction

Epigenetics and English: Jan Deffner, a student from Munich, describes what he learned during two-week work experience placement in Wolf Reik’s group

28/08/2018

Signalling pathways lead to international success

Nuffield placement student Jiaqi Chen looks back on a life-changing year, which started and ended with projects in Michael Wakelam's lab.

14/08/2018

ICYMI: Racing Against the Clock at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2018

Esther van Vliet, Public Engagement Officer, reminiscences about her week at the Royal Society with the ‘Race Against The Ageing Clock’ exhibit.

23/07/2018

Exploring new ways to communicate science

PhD student Katherine Fletcher took a break from the Florey Signalling lab to learn more about communicating science at the London Sci Comm Symposium 2018

23/07/2018

Exploring public opinion on genome editing - ORION project update

Emma Martinez, Public Engagement Officer, discusses the latest developments of our upcoming work to discuss genome editing with the public

24/05/2018

A Race against the Clock?

With five months down and two months left to create the ‘Race Against the Ageing Clock’ exhibit for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2018, how is it progressing? We check in with Esther, the Institute’s Public Engagement Officer, to find out.

15/05/2018

Looking back and thinking ahead – how student engagement in research is spreading

As sixth-form students at Sophianum School finish their projects and present their ideas, Michael Hinton, who coordinates the project, looks back on the year and describes how the collaboration will expand in 2019.

20/04/2018

Race Against the Ageing Clock – from training to practice

As part of the development of our new exhibit, Race Against the Ageing Clock, researchers Dil and Jo visited the Royal Society, London, in March for some insightful training on engagement through the use of exhibit activities, before putting their new skills into practice at the Cambridge Science Festival. 

17/04/2018

Co-creation and Public Dialogues in research and innovation – A workshop for the ORION project

Emma Martinez muses on how a workshop organised as part of the ORION project shed some light onto involving different audiences in creating new value in research and innovation processes.

10/04/2018

Genome Editing – How far should we go? A Cambridge Science Festival event

On the 13th of March the Babraham Institute organised the discussion event “Genome Editing – How far should we go?”. Carolyn Rogers, a 1st year PhD student in Anne Corcoran's group, was one of the Institute’s researchers facilitating the table discussions.

29/03/2018

Passion, enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge at Schools’ Day

Jo Montgomery, a member of the Babraham Bioinformatics group, describes how Schools’ Day projects bring out the best in scientists and students

16/03/2018

Cambridge Academy for Science & Technology students find inspiration for their investigations

The ‘Protein Challenge’ project at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology combines an introduction to key molecular biology techniques and practical lab-based sessions to assay protein activity. Here the students tell us more about what they got up to on their recent visit to the Institute to learn more about our research and facilities

01/02/2018

The excitement of science communication

In November, as part of 360 Science, we invited science author and broadcaster Kat Arney to visit the Institute to talk about her career and offer tips on getting started in communications. Here PhD student Christina Courreges reflects on Kat’s presentation and what she took away from it.

31/01/2018

St Faith’s trip to the Babraham Institute

A class of year 6 children from St. Faith's School recently visited the Imaging Facility on campus to learn more about cells. They were thrilled to see the  microscopes and detailed images that we can take on them. They also used the microscopes we have as resource for our public engagement programme to look at a range of slides and the nematode worm C.elegans. We received a wonderful thank you letter from each child which highlighted how much they had enjoyed the afternoon.

17/01/2018

Let’s create an exhibition

In November the Institute heard it was successful in the competitive selection to showcase its upcoming exhibition, the “Race Against the Ageing Clock”, at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London this summer. Esther van Vliet, Public Engagement Officer, is part of the exhibit development team and shares here how work has begun on the creation of the exhibit.

10/01/2018