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 ( ).

Cambridge Science Festival 2016

On 20 March 2016, the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit participated in the Cambridge Science Festival with an event entitled ‘Fnidnig the msitkaes ni DNA that casue mitochondrial diseases’.

Visitors had the opportunity to learn all about mitochondrial diseases and took part in a range of activities, including fiendish genetic diagnosis puzzles, growing protein crystals and using scientific software to analyse a mitochondrial protein.

The event was very popular and well-attended and we received some very positive feedback from our visitors - thank you!

2015 Cambridge Big Biology Day

On Saturday, 17 October 2015, members of the MRC MBU showcased the Unit’s work at the Cambridge Big Biology Day event, held at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Proteins are molecular machines in our body that perform many different tasks. They have a defined structure that can be determined using a technique called X-ray crystallography.

At the event, visitors grew crystals of protein, a pre-requisite for crystallography, and looked at and analysed their structures using the latest computer programs.

Careers Day at The University Technical College, Cambridge

There is a bewildering array of career choices available to young people. To broaden college students’ perspectives on job types in STEM industries, the MRC MBU participated in an IT careers event for students in Years 11-13 at University Technical College (UTC Cambridge).

The Fox Got You

The Fox Got You is an art and science project celebrating six common plants which are at the origin of five major medicinal drugs.

Scientists at the MBU collaborated with the photographic artist, Francoise Sergy, whose exhibition was shown at the Oxford Botanic Garden during the summer of 2015.

At a public event on Saturday, 11 July, visitors met the artist and the scientists, clinicians and patients involved in the project, who talked about their work and experiences. 

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