Public Engagement

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 ( ).

World Mitochondrial Disease Week

This week, 13-19 September 2020 is World Mitochondrial Disease Week.

An initiative of International Mito Patients (IMP), World Mitochondrial Disease Week raises awareness of mitochondrial disease (mito) on a global scale through educational, fundraising and advocacy activities.

As we have not been able to organise any live events for this week, we have compiled a short presentation of our annual "Wear it Green" and "Bake it Green" activities held in previous years.


MRC Cambridge Activity Book

UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists in Cambridge are studying all the different ways that medical science can help protect our health and improve our lives. This activity book is for people of all ages to explore the variety of MRC-funded work that takes place in Cambridge. Our work involves examining everything from the cells and organs in our bodies, all the way up to the places where live... and all the things in between!

Rare Disease Day 2020

29 February this year is the thirteenth international Rare Disease Day, coordinated by EURORDIS. Awareness-raising activities are taking place all over the world.

On Friday, 28 February, the MBU held its second annual face-painting event – the rare disease was represented by the different coloured fox!