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Cambridge Science Festival: drop in at the Institute

Every other year we host a drop-in day at the Gurdon Institute on a weekend during the Cambridge Science Festival.

Next date for our on-site Science Festival event: Saturday 18th March 2017


2015: One body: a multitude of cells

"The human body is made of trillions of cells. Explore how one cell, the egg, can give rise to so many different cells organised in such an amazingly precise pattern."

We opened our doors to members of the public, providing a room full of hands-on activities about developmental biology and cancer biology. The activities were designed to be accessible to all, including: watch the first division of a frog egg, perform a nuclear transfer, see your own cheek cells, examine fluorescent worms, discover the lifestyle of the fly. Many scientists were on hand to guide visitors and answer questions.

There was also a lecture by Nobel Laureate John Gurdon, with limited tickets that were quickly snapped up. We had 340 visitors and involved 32 volunteers.

2013: All you want to know about cloning

"Come along to better understand what cloning is about, try our activities and meet the scientists of the Gurdon Institute."

A variety of stalls were offered with different activities similar to those in 2015.  We had 330 visitors and fielded 28 volunteers.