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, 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
28 February is the twelfth international Rare Disease Day, coordinated by EURORDIS.
Around this date, awareness-raising activities are taking place all over the world.
The MBU's contribution was a mitochondrial face-painting event - great fun was had by all!
To commemorate the award of an Honorary Fellowship to Professor Sir John E Walker, FRS, FMedSci, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, on 6 February 2019 Professor Sir John delivered The Cambridge Philosophical Society's Honorary Fellows Lecture.
Lecture Title: "The fuel of life"
At 0900 on Thursday, 1 November 2018 Mike Murphy will be talking about Free Radicals on BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time" programme, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.
Other guests are Nick Lane (University College London) and Anna Croft (University of Nottingham).
In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger gave three public lectures entitled ‘What is Life?' at Trinity College Dublin.
Following their publication, these lectures had a tremendous influence on the development of molecular biology.
On 5 and 6 September 2018, the 75th anniversary of these lectures will be celebrated at Trinity College, Dublin with an unprecedented gathering of some of the most brilliant minds working in biology today, including six Nobel Laureates.
Mike Murphy is a member of the organising committee and the event will be livestreamed.
On Thursday, 5 July 2018 members of the MBU visited Newham College, East London, to participate in the Big Bang Event.
The Big Bang events offer fun and free science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities for 10-18 year olds.
We took our fly exhibits and provided some hands-on microscopy and water-bath based experiments... and, in appreciation of the extraordinary heat, we were able to demonstrate changes in experimental design when, occasionally, things didn't go exactly to plan!
We had a great time.