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Cambridge Science Festival

The CIMR takes part in the Cambridge Science Festival each year. The Festival, which includes hundreds of events during two weeks of March, attracts thousands of visitors. Our institute participates in the drop-in events at both the Guildhall in the city (first weekend) and at the Biomedical Campus (second weekend) and often has speakers in evening events.


Cambridge Science Festival (March 2018). Two weekends of drop-in events in the city at the Guildhall and on the Biomedical Campus. Thanks to all of our dynamic volunteers who ran microscopy activities and helped visitors to Guess the Organelle and Build the Cell!

Niko Amin-Wetzel · Sophia Breusegem · Folma Buss · Ana Crespillo-Casado · Alex Davenport · Janet Deane · Anna Dickson · Jenny Dickens · Gordon Frazer · Jenny Hirst · Jake Kendrick-Jones · Antonina Kruppa · Delphine Larrieu · Miriam Lisci · Arianne Richards · Alisa Zyryanova · Alex Davies · Jo Chambers · Hayley Sharpe · Stefan Marciniak · Vijesh Bhute · Katie Young · Mike Nahorski · Emily Fletcher · Geoff Woods



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'What's the Point of Pain?', Cambridge Science Festival (March 21 2018). As part of the Science Festival, Geoff Woods, Mike Nahorski and Emily Fletcher presented an engaging evening seminar on ‘What’s the point of pain?’, attracting an audience of >80 adults and teenagers.

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Cambridge Science Festival (March 13-26 2017): Two weekends of drop-in events in the city at the Guildhall and on the Biomedical Campus. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who ran microscopy activities and helped visitors to create a new giant cell, contributing so much enthusiasm and energy:

Gordon Frazer · Arianne Richard · Katharine Strege · Gillian Griffiths · Anna Miles · Anna Dickson · Niko Amin-Wetzel · Ana Crespillo-Casado · Alisa Zyryanova · Stefan Marciniak · Elke Malzer · Matthew Ellis · Hayley Sharpe · Janet Deane · Sam Spratley · Zuzana Kadlecova · Jenny Hirst · Alex Davies · Luther Davies · Sophia Breusegem · Richard Mifsud · Lucy Raymond


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Cambridge Science Festival (March 2016). Our Festival events highlighted how different cell types are equipped with the 'know how' for their specialized functions. At the Cambridge Guildhall weekend, with >3,000 visitors and including a special autism-friendly hour, the Griffiths lab returned with the killer T cell quiz board, movies and cell biscuits, while the Marciniak, Reid and Robinson labs ran new microscopy activities to demonstrate what the fly wing can teach us about the signals controlling lung function. On the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the Buss lab and Rhys Roberts focused on molecular motors that drive transport in our cells and neurons.


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The CIMR at the Biomedical Campus, Cambridge Science Festival (March 2015). Our first CIMR event at the Biomedical Campus was a great success, with thousands of visitors during the day. The Robinson and Luzio labs ran several hands-on activities including vesicle races, cell biscuits and microscopy activities. There was also a fully booked seminar event where Jim Huntington and Frank Waldron-Lynch discussed the development of new anti-coagulant therapies and an immunotherapy trial for type-1 diabetes respectively.

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'Cambridge Stars: Big Ideas' at the Science Festival (March 2015). As newly elected Fellows of the Royal Society, David Ron and Randy Read presented public lectures on their research, highlighting the principles of protein crystallography (Read) and the perilous path to protein folding (Ron).

'Cells in the spotlight' at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge Science Festival (March 2015). A fantastic weekend with ~3000 visitors each day, decorating cell biscuits, and running hands-on activities about cellular motors (Buss lab), axon myelination (Rhys Roberts) and T-cell killing in the immune system (Griffiths lab).

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Cambridge Science Festival (March 2014). The Griffiths lab led several activities this year aimed at helping children to learn more about how T cells seek out viruses and tumour cells for destruction. These included a model of giant killer T cells and a virus shooting gallery. The Deane lab also helped young and old to make their own crystals of the protein lysosome, and examine these using microscopes, allowing them to highlight the importance of protein structure studies in biology.


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