The Institute welcomed Dr Irina Abnizova, our first Daphne Jackson Trust Career Re-entry Fellow in October 2017. Irina joined Dr Wolf Reik’s laboratory in Epigenetics. equality4success Manager, Laura Norton, met with Irina to welcome her to the Institute and to ask about the process of applying for a Daphne Jackson Fellowship.
Emma Martinez, Public Engagement Officer, discusses the latest developments of our upcoming work to discuss genome editing with the public
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.
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.
The cutting-edge, fundamental scientific research being performed at the Babraham Institute impacts on a range of policy areas. Parliamentarians often look for researchers to engage with and to inform policy decisions. In this blog Prof. Wolf Reik talks about his recent policy engagement with the Parliament Office of Science and Technology (POST).
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.
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.
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.
In our latest KEC blog post, post-doctoral researcher Jo Durgan, part of the Florey group, steps out of the lab to discuss climate change and her work across the Institute as a Climate Reality Leader.
Jo Montgomery, a member of the Babraham Bioinformatics group, describes how Schools’ Day projects bring out the best in scientists and students
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
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.
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.
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.
Chiara Pantarelli, a 3rd year PhD student in Heidi Welch's group at the Babraham Institute took part in a recent Media Training day to help her to build her skills in talking to a wide audience about her research.
At this special festive time, Tacita Croucher, the Institute's Public Engagement Manager reflects on the public engagement work our staff and students have been organising and participating in this year.
About a month ago Esther van Vliet joined the Public Engagement team at the Babraham Institute as a maternity cover to work on the ORION project, a Horizon2020 European Commission funded project that aims to explore new ways to open up the way the Institute does research. Her baptism of fire happened last week at the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s annual conference ENGAGE.
Michael Hinton muses on the ENGAGE Conference, run by the National Coordinating Council for Public Engagement
The Babraham Institute’s basic science benefits in a very real sense from the Institute's proximity to a number of industry-leading biotechnology companies on the Babraham Research Campus. In this blog Rahul Roychoudhuri tells us about a developing partnership between our Immunology Programme and Cancer Research UK Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories.
Alex Harvey, an Animal Technician in the Institute’s animal unit (BSU) describes how she joined Boo Virk (a postdoc in the Casanueva Group) and Dori Horkai (a PhD student in the Houseley Group) and the Public Engagement team's Michael Hinton in the third year of a collaboration with Sophianum School in the Netherlands.
The Babraham Institute’s Symposium for Biological Life Sciences (SymBLS) for early career researchers is a well established forum for Life Science graduates across Cambridge. This year’s organising committee share their thoughts on the 2017 event and give us a ‘behind the scenes’ look at what it takes to run this excellent event.
Becky Gilley, a post doc in the Cook lab is the latest KEC blog contributor. Becky has been involved in a Babraham Research Campus Collaboration Fund (BRCCF) project which has gone from strength to strength. Her blog tells us why the BRCCF has been critical in securing further funding and what this collaborative research project has meant to her.
John Pascall, who is a regular contributor to the Babraham Institute's Public Engagement activities, describes the challenges of going back to school at Newmarket Academy.
James Tooze, Policy Officer at the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), takes up the reigns in this latest KEC post. In his guest blog, James tells us about the partnership between CaSE and the Babraham Institute and explains why scientists’ engagement in policy is so important.