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 ( ).
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.
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 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
Future Health Gap
Future Resources Gap
Public Perception and Education Gap
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!