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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

 

Schools and teachers

We regularly visit schools and host work experience students in our labs. We also recently organised a one-day course for teachers keen to find out more about the latest advances in biomedical research. We are also currently establishing a work experience programme with our partner charity in2science for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Eggeling lab takes the physics of light to a local school
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 also participate in larger events organised to mark disease awareness days, especially at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where we are located. Read about a recent visit by a MDS Patient Support Group.

 

Festivals and Museums

Over the years we have participated in several local and national science festivals, including the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (London), the annual MRC Festival of Medical Research (supermarkets and shops in the region) and the Curiosity Carnival (Oxford museums).

MRC WIMM researchers at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

 

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 WIMM member and keen to get involved? Check out the Public Engagement Section on our intranet.