Michael Hinton

Mike Hinton at Latitude

I had 20 years' experience in the Institute's Neurobiology Laboratory, working on behaviour and memory. I represented the Institute and the BBSRC at several national exhibitions which led to a secondment in 2004, covering press, public relations, web development and schools outreach. After a short return to the bench I moved into the Graphics Facility, maintaining my outreach activities, improving the Institute's AV capabilities and developing internal and external web sites for the Institute. After a further 15 years covering both Public Engagement and Web Development I moved into the latter full time.

I've been lucky to work with so many amazing colleagues since I started in May 1986. Links to stories and blog posts from our website featuring projects I've contributed to are listed here while my scientific publications can be viewed at: Mike's Publications | Babraham Institute


Blog Posts, News stories and web pages

30 years of engaging memories

Schools resources to download


Technician Commitment and Animal Technician Conference

A second successful event for the Institute’s Animal Technician Conference

Institute’s first Animal Technicians Conference puts the spotlight on skills, support and career development

‘Educating RITA’ – the Research Institute Technician Symposium 2021

Institute technician team recognised with Outstanding Collaborator Award 

Personal achievements recognised as part of annual Lab Talks event


Schools Day

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

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

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

Widening Participation at Babraham’s Schools’ Day 2016 

Babraham Institute celebrates its 20th Schools’ Day 

Schools' Day 25: From contribution to coordination

Schools’ Day gives students a taste of life in the lab 

Schools’ Day Success for students and teachers 

Silver anniversary for Institute Schools’ Day! 

Schools' Day - igniting a passion for science


Escape Room

The Cell Escape Room

#1 The Cell Escape! Developing novel ideas for engagement 

#2 The Cell Escape! The science behind the scenes

#3 The Cell Escape! A researcher's view of Public Engagement



Institute launches Technasium project with Dutch students to develop new animal facility technology 

‘Competency through Challenge’ - schools’ partnerships to stimulate creativity and develop skills

Looking back and thinking ahead – how student engagement in research is spreading

Partnership between Institute and Dutch school generates bright ideas 

New perspectives on challenge projects in the Netherlands

Technasium - a new outreach project with Dutch students

Institute wins national Openness Award 

Onderzoek & Ontwerpen!

Let's Go Dutch!



ENGAGE 2017 – collaboration and inspiration

Learning more about Public Engagement


Protein Challenge

Babraham Institute researchers put UTC students through their protein paces

Plasmids and Posters - my two years with the UTC Protein Challenge

Institute delivers taste of lab research for UTC Cambridge students


Schools and Festivals

What a week! Babraham researchers at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 

Babraham Institute Molecular Explorers Exhibit at the Cambridge Science Festival

Pipetting Workshop at Newmarket Academy Science Club

Taste of life in the lab for local Cambridge college student 

PhD Students Rise to the LaunchPad Challenge

Molecular Exploration at the Science Festival 

Extracting DNA - back to school in Histon


Teacher Placements

Placement week equips teachers to translate lab life to the classroom 

From the classroom to the lab 

Learning from science insights 


Web Projects

Babraham Institute launches new website 



Babraham Institute Shortlisted for ‘Excellence with Impact’ Competition 

Institute commended at BBSRC Excellence with Impact competition