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Events and science festivals

Every year, we design stands and activities for public events and science festivals. We always really enjoy these events and it gives us a chance to talk about our science, get stuck in and have lots of fun!   

We take part in Oxfordshire Science Festival every year, held in Bonn Square, where we get the chance to explain what we do and why it is important. We also regularly attend other festivals such as the Cheltenham Science Festival and the British Science Festival, some of the biggest and most exciting annual science festivals in the UK.

Our stall changes each time, but typically has 3D models, photos and information sheets for adults to look at and a range of exciting, hands-on activities for kids. Past exhibits have included our very own plastic head that you can open up and take out the different areas of the brain and a life-sized model of the body where you need to fit all the organs into their rightful positions. Our activities have included making neurons out of pipe-cleaners, learning about genes and inheritance with our DNA tombola, and extracting DNA from strawberries with a simple experiment.

As well as science festivals, we also take part in a variety of other events at MRC Harwell and in the local area. These include talks and lectures at Museums, schools and universities, as well as more informal events such as Café Scientifique talks. In 2013, we opened our doors to the public for our open day as part of our MRC centenary celebrations. We had a variety of fun and interactive hands-on activities, posters about the research we do here and memories from our retired staff. It was a wonderful day, and an excellent way to celebrate all the MRC has achieved in the past hundred years.