Public Engagement

The Unit has a comprehensive public engagement programme. This includes:

  • visits to local schools and other organisations
  • 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 ( ).

MRC MBU at the Big Bang Fair Eastern

On 1 July, 2015, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse. 

This event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.

We took our posters, movies and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases. 

We had a steady stream of young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with them.

Visit to the Perse School

On 30 June 2015, two of our PhD students visited the Perse School in Cambridge to participate in the School's weekly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) discussions.

Our students gave a presentation and took questions from their audience - sixth formers looking to start university applications during the next few months, and their tutors.

Open Day 2015

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, the MRC MBU opened its doors to the public for its annual Open Day.

During the course of the day we welcomed approximately 50 visitors, including three scientists and four tutors who accompanied students from three local schools/colleges.

Tours were scheduled every two hours and included:

Open Day 2014

On 25 June 2014 the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MBU) opened its doors again to the public.

Visitors included local residents and students from local sixth form colleges. MBU scientists gave a series of talks and demonstrations on mitochondria and how mitochondrial dysfunction leads to illness and ageing.

Visitors also attended a “meet the scientists” session, where members further explained their work through the use of posters, movies and video games.