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.

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

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

18/04/2019

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

04/03/2019

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.

26/02/2019

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.

18/02/2019

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.

04/02/2019

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…

17/01/2019

‘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

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