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.

RAP 2021: A changed outlook

In this blog series, we hear from some of the students on the Babraham Institute's 2021 Research Access Programme. In this article, we hear from Ellie, a Biosciences student from Durham University, about her experience on the programme.

13/09/2021

RAP 2021: My research placement experience

In this blog series, we hear from some of the students on the Babraham Institute's 2021 Research Access Programme. In this first article, we hear from Sara, a Biochemistry student from Imperial College London, about her experience on the programme.

02/09/2021

Collaborative Approaches to Design

How Babraham Institute staff and scientists have been working with local school students on a collaborative project to produce a game about viruses and vaccinations.

13/08/2021

Student Perspectives: The Impact of Research

In this blog series, students on the 2020 Diversity Access Programme share their thoughts and experiences of the programme.

23/03/2021

Student Perspectives: Confidence in my Abilities

In this blog series, students on the 2020 Diversity Access Programme share their thoughts and experiences of the programme.

16/03/2021

Student Perspectives: Career Insights

In this blog series, students on the 2020 Diversity Access Programme share their thoughts and experiences of the programme.

09/03/2021

Student Perspectives: A Multitude of Skills

In this blog series, students on the 2020 Diversity Access Programme share their thoughts and experiences of the programme.

04/03/2021

Public dialogue to spur genome editing engagement?

At the Engage Festival 2020, the Babraham Institute presented an overview of a series of public dialogues on genome editing.

27/01/2021

From the Lab to Engagement

Say hello to Mike, our new adult and communities Public Engagement Officer. Here he talks about his career journey from working in a lab to sharing his love of science through public engagement.

02/11/2020

My journey to Babraham

Meet Fergus, our newest Public Engagement team member.  In this introductory blog post, he gives us an insight into his career path so far, his passion for engagement, and some of the events we have to look forward to in the coming months.

06/10/2020

30 years of engaging memories

Schools Engagement Officer Mike Hinton looks back at his career in Public Engagement

24/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part Three)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

10/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part Two)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

10/02/2020

Schools’ Day 2020: Our scientists answer students’ questions (Part One)

As part of our build-up to Schools’ Day 2020 we asked students to submit their questions to our researchers. This series of three blog posts answers the top four questions. Read on to learn about what motivated our researchers to follow a career in science, their perspectives on the importance of maths and computing skills and whether a degree in science is essential.

10/02/2020

Our Sixth Form Summer of Science

Karan, Storme and Ania are enthusiastic A-Level students experienced life in our labs as Nuffield Placement students, discovering more about the exciting opportunities a research career can offer.

02/10/2019

Vaccines On Tour: Why Should We Care About Vaccination?

Steph Norwood, the Babraham Institute's ORION Project lead, explains the latest call for collaborators to co-create a museum exhibit on vaccination.

03/09/2019

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.

15/07/2019

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

12/07/2019

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.

09/07/2019

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.

01/07/2019

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.

09/05/2019