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The Babraham Institute works to deliver impact by translating our science and understanding of fundamental biology to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. Our blogs offer scientists, staff and guests the chance to share their individual views and experiences on the Institute's efforts to deliver research impacts and to build a welcoming and diverse community.

 

 

15/07/2019

Escape Room: A researcher's view of Public Engagement

Richard, a PhD student in the Cook lab, summarises why he feels we need to pause and re-think public engagement, elevating it from a nice side hobby to the critical essence of why we do research.

12/07/2019

Escape Room: The science behind the scenes

Piot Jung, a PhD Student in the Stephens/Hawkins group and Chiara Pantarelli, a PhD student in the Welch group, explained how their PhD projects helped them to develop their award-winning public engagement activity

09/07/2019

Escape Room: Project development

Elizabeth Hampson explains her part in the development of the Institute’s pop-up escape room and how her PhD research in the Welch group was a key to its success.

05/07/2019

Tips for building inclusive LGBT+ workplaces

This LGBT+ STEM Day, Elizabeth has some tips for making your workplace more LGBT+ inclusive

01/07/2019

Open Science: What’s It All About?

Our new public engagement officer, Stephanie Norwood, talks about what she’s learned in her first few weeks on the job and how you can get involved with the ORION Open Science project.

09/05/2019

STEM Insights teacher placements: Ensuring impact for science

In their third and final blog post, Helen and Mike describe the work of some of the teams who support the researchers in their work.

09/05/2019

STEM Insights teacher placements: Discovering animals in science

In the second of a series of three blog posts, STEM Insights placement teachers Helen and Mike discuss how the use of animals in research is considered.

09/05/2019

STEM Insights teacher placements: Getting hands-on with science

Teachers Helen and Mike spent a week in our labs and facilities on a STEM Insights placement week. In the first of a series of three posts they describe some of the research and techniques they discovered.

18/04/2019

Schools’ Day 25: The students’ perspective

Students from Colchester County High School for Girls who attended Schools’ Day in March describe their experiences in the Babraham Institute and campus company labs

10/04/2019

What managers want: valuable transferable skills

Elizabeth shares personal experience and managers' thoughts on what skills really help when you are applying for a job you don't have experience for

04/04/2019

How can early career researchers help shape science policy?

Katherine Fletcher, former Babraham Institute PhD. student and member of the Florey Group  talks about her experience and the knowledge gained from attending a science policy conference.

26/03/2019

Same difference? Perceptions of workplace culture

A new study highlighted how differently men and women perceive the same workplace culture. Elizabeth, e4s manager, looks at the data and outlines suggestions for closing the gap.

08/03/2019

IWD2019. We’ve come a long way. Rather recently.

When it comes to equality a lot has changed in a surprisingly short time. For International Women's Day 2019, Christel Krueger reflects on her own perceptions of gender equality in the 21st Century and what more still lies ahead. Join in with the #BalanceForBetter campaign.

04/03/2019

Schools' Day 25: From contribution to coordination

Michael Hinton reflects on his involvement with Schools’ Day and how it has changed since his time at the bench

26/02/2019

Schools' Day 25: Advances in research

In March, the Institute will play host to our 25th annual Schools’ Day, with 180 15-18 year olds from schools across the country attending to get some hands on experience in our labs and find out more about careers in science. Since 1995, Schools’ Day has been an Institute staple, but while that’s remained the same, so much else has changed.

18/02/2019

Schools' Day 25: Changes in science education

In response to this year being the 25th Annual Schools' Day at the Institute, our Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Hayley, explores the changes in science education over the last 25 years.

04/02/2019

From Education to Engagement

In her first blogpost, our new Public Engagement & Knowledge Exchange Manager, Hayley, says hello, talks about her decision to leave teaching and explores upcoming Babraham Institute events in 2019.

29/01/2019

My time as a Public Engagement intern at Babraham: Recommendations to prospective students

Samir Morsli describe his experiences at the Babraham Institute during his ‘Professional Internship for PhD Students’ (PIPS) internship

18/01/2019

Race tracks and ponies

Contemplating gifts and gender in the Christmas aftermath

17/01/2019

Solving the orange cube challenge at Engage 2018

Dr. Emma Martinez-Sanchez, Public Engagement ORION Open Science Officer, took her co-creation project to the poster party at the NCCPE ‘Engage Conference and found surprise inspiration…

14/01/2019

New perspectives on challenge projects in the Netherlands

Elizabeth Hampson, a PhD student in the Welch research group, describes her visit to Sophianum School in the Netherlands.

08/01/2019

‘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

26/12/2018

Inclusive resolutions for a supportive new year

With 2018 coming to a close, Elizabeth has seven suggestions for ways to support equality and inclusion in 2019.

21/12/2018

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.