The Unit has a comprehensive public engagement programme. This includes:
- visits to local schools and other organisations
- mentoring of young scientists
- participation in the Cambridge Science Festival, where we exhibit every year
- our annual Open Day
- involvement in other events for public understanding of science
- engagement with artists and designers on the artistic interpretation of our science
For further information about the activities of the Unit, please contact our Communications Manager, Penny Peck ( ).
On Sunday, 22 March 2020, the MBU will be showcasing its science at the Cambridge Science Festival event on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Activities will include games, movies, hands-on activities and our scientists will be available to talk to visitors about life in the laboratory.
We recently hosted a visit by sixth form students from Cambridgeshire.
Martin gave his excellent Biology Masterclass, Ana hosted a visit to the fly laboratory and Professor Sir John Walker explained the stucture of ATP synthase with the help of our Lego model!
The students met with a number of MBU members, including early career and senior scientists, for discussions about life at university, in the laboratory and career options.
Great fun was had on Saturday, 5 October when members of the MBU took various activities to Hills Road Sixth Form College for Big Biology Day 2019.
The event was attended by visitors of all ages, who tried out our new Mito-gami activity, along with our "Destroying Mutant Mitochondrial DNA" game and mtDNA sequencing puzzles.
There was much conversation about the science and career options ... and a quiet corner for colouring.
On 18 and 19 September 2019, Dr Martin King visited three schools and a sixth form college in Suffolk, giving a 'masterclass' on mitochondrial biology, an overview of life at university (and Cambridge!) and helping with university interview techniques.
This tour was arranged in collaboration with Kathryn Singleton, School Liaison Officer at St Catharine's College, Cambridge - the College that Martin joined when he arrived in Cambridge.
The feedback questionnaires are currently under analysis - at first glance it looks as though Martin did a great job!
This week, 15-21 September 2019, is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.
Around the world Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (GMDAW) will be marked with educational, fundraising and advocacy efforts designed to raise awareness about mitochondrial disease (mito).
The MBU's website will follow a green theme for the duration of this week.
We have also been "baking it green"! ...with a small prize - this year's winner is Jennifer.
On Sunday, 24 March 2019 eleven members of the MRC MBU represented the Unit at the Cambridge Science Festival.
Discovering the mechanism of energy production in mitochondria