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.

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making our Mark at Big Biology Day

Prof. Wolf Reik, Associate Director of the Babraham Institute and Head of the Epigenetics Research Programme was part of a team of scientists who took a new exhibit on Epigenetics to Big Biology Day at Hills Road Sixth Form College in October.

31/10/2017

​Success for The Royal Society Worm Project at Cambridge Young Scientist Journal Conference

Guest blogger Ella Willsmore, a student at Colchester County High School for Girls, describes her experiences at the Young Scientist Journal conference in Cambridge, during which she won a prize for her poster, which outlined her work with Olivia Casanueva's group on a Royal Society Partnership project.

16/10/2017

The Pampisford Society visit labs and facilities

The public engagement programme at the Babraham Institute seeks to engage people of all ages. As well as working with school students and teachers, the Institute interacts with adult community groups from across Cambridgeshire.  Here Tacita, the Institute’s Public Engagement Manager, discusses a recent event with the Pampisford Society.

03/10/2017

Speaking about genome folding in a pub – my Pint of Science experience

Clara Novo, a Post-doctoral research scientist in the Rugg-Gunn lab, describes how the Pint of Science scheme and collaboration with a jewellery maker have brought her research to a new audience.

14/07/2017

Pint of Science – Where science meets beer and art

Dorotty Horkai, from the Institute's Lipidomics Facility, explains how she helped organise this years Pint Of Science festival in Cambridge

26/06/2017