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 ( ).
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, 15 October members of the MRC MBU, with a guest from the MRC Cancer Unit, participated in the Big Biology Day 2016 at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Scientists explained the Unit's research with hands-on activities, such as crystallography, DNA sequencing puzzles and computer-based protein analysis.... and good use was made of the whiteboard!
The event was extremely well attended and our room was very busy all day - well done to our volunteers and thank you to all our visitors.
On 15 September 2016, Venki Ramakrishnan delivered the 4th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture in The Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).
Venki is Deputy Director of the MRC LMB, where he is also a Research Group Leader.
He is President of The Royal Society and he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009, jointly with Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".
On 30 June, 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse.
This annual event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.
We took our movies, sequencing puzzles and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases.
We welcomed young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with future scientists.