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 ( ).

Recent Primary School Visits

On 14 March 2017, members of the MRC MBU visited Queen Edith’s Primary School to communicate their science to children in years 3 and 4. The activities included practical “bench” sessions and the assembly of protein structures using Lego models.

On 23 March, members of the Unit visited Mayfield Primary School where similar sessions were held with children in the reception classes.

Mike Murphy talks to The Royal Society about the chemical biology of mitochondria

Mike Murphy, Group Leader/PI of the MRC MBU, organised a Royal Society scientific discussion meeting entitled 'Chemical biology approaches to assessing and modulating mitochondria', bringing together biologists, chemists and clinicians to discuss recent developments in the field.

Select talks were subsequently published in an issue of Interface Focus as a record of work to date and as a stimulus to future work. The Royal Society spoke to Mike about his work, the meeting and how the field could progress.

Opportunities Ahead: a careers fair for Cambridge

On Thursday, 23 February 2017, members of the MRC MBU participated in 'Opportunities Ahead' - a careers fair for Cambridge school students aged 14 and older.

Through the use of videos, computer games and sequencing puzzles, our young visitors were given explanations of mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases.

The event was organised by Form the Future.

Form the Future: Annual Conference 2017

Form the Future is a non-profit making organisation that connects schools and businesses in order to provide opportunities for students.

These opportunities include work experience, apprenticeships and other activities.

At this year's Annual Conference,held on 7 February, the MBU was awarded Partnership status by Form the Future, in recognition of the Unit's support of our younger generation and our participation in career-related activities and events.

Careers Carousel at St Mary's School, Cambridge

On Thursday, 10 February 2017, members of the MRC MBU participated in a careers carousel at St Mary's School.

The aim of the event was to give Year 5 and 6 students a greater insight into some of the career options available to them, so that they are better informed in advance of making career choices.

The students were interested to learn how many different scientific and scientific-related roles exist in the MBU ... and enjoyed learning about our science through the use of Lego models, mitochondrial DNA sequencing puzzles and movies.

Broadening Horizons: Careers Fair for Primary School Students

On Friday, 9 December 2016 members of the MRC MBU participated in a careers fair for primary school students from Bassingbourn, Fowlmere, Foxton, Hauxton, Meldreth and Kings Hedges. The event was organised by Form the Future and held in the Lord Ashcroft Building at Anglia Ruskin University.

The aim of the event was to give years 5 and 6 students a greater insight into future career options. The students were keen to hear about life in the laboratory, mitochondria and energy conversion and enjoyed assembling Lego models of enzymes involved in these cellular processes.

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