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We are keen to share our enthusiasm for our research, and are committed to engaging the public, from families to patients, with our work. Our researchers regularly organise and participate in a variety of events across Oxfordshire and beyond, and the best examples of commitment to public engagement are rewarded at our annual MRC WIMM day.

Science in the supermarket© PeterCanning


Schools and teachers

We regularly take our science to local schools and welcome school visits. We also organise courses for teachers keen to find out more about the latest advances in biomedical research. We organise an annual work experience programme for under-represented students that takes place in the summer, and also host other work experience students throughout the year.

work experience students 2018
Local patient group visits the MRC WIMM

Patients and carers

Our researchers work closely with patient groups and charities with an interest in their area of research. We  organise visits and tours to our research facilities, and also participate in larger patient events, especially at the John Radcliffe Hospital where we are located.


Festivals and Museums

We regularly participate in the Oxfordshire Science festival and the annual MRC Festival of Medical Research, when we take our research to local supermarkets. Over the years we have also participated in larger national science fairs, such as the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (London), New Scientist Live! and Cheltenham Science Festival.

MRC WIMM researchers at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival© Ian Wallman


How do you fold a genome animation

Writing and media

Our researchers have written for The Conversation and the Oxford University Science Blog, and our research has been featured in the national news. We have also worked with designers to create short animations about our research, such as this one and recently did a Facebook LIVE event in collaboration with Oxford Sparks.


Talks and lectures

Our researchers present and talk about their research in a variety of settings, from local pubs and high streets to public lectures at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

DPhil student Layal Liverpool talks about her research

Are you a current MRC WIMM member and keen to get involved? Check out the Public Engagement Section on our intranet.