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 ( ).

'Opportunities Ahead' Careers Fair

On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in 'Opportunities Ahead' - a careers fair for Cambridge school students. 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. For further details about the event, along with links to the organisers, see: Opportunities Ahead.

Professor Sir John Walker: GAPSummit 2016

Professor Sir John Walker talks at the GAPSummit 2016. During the three days of the GapSummit the Leaders of Tomorrow will learn from and challenge current leaders in the bioeconomy through a programme which is dedicated to addressing 7 gaps in biotechnology:

Research and Innovation Gap
Funding Gap
Future Health Gap
Future Resources Gap
People Gap
Bioethics Gap
Public Perception and Education Gap…/gapsummit-2016/

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!