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

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

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

Inspiration in Immunology

Isby visited the Institute for Schools’ Day and took part in a project to investigate white blood cells in a mouse model. As she starts her degree in Biochemistry at Durham University she looks back on her experience in our labs.

16/10/2018

ICYMI: Racing Against the Clock at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2018

Esther van Vliet, Public Engagement Officer, reminiscences about her week at the Royal Society with the ‘Race Against The Ageing Clock’ exhibit.

23/07/2018

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

Genome Editing – How far should we go? A Cambridge Science Festival event

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.

29/03/2018

Engagement Highlights 2017!

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.

25/12/2017