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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.

The next date for our on-site event is Saturday 18th March 2017, 1pm-4pm. No need to pre-book, just drop in!

CamSciFest programme 20172017: Make and test your own microscope

"The microscope is a window to the incredible ‘small world’ of life. Make your own simple microscope using your mobile phone to magnify and view this micro-world and submit your best pictures to our competition. Try out our lab microscopes, meet our scientists to discuss their latest research and find out how microscopy is pushing the boundaries of what can be observed."

NOTE: This year's programme cover (right) features research from the Gurdon Institute. Former postdoc in the Piddini lab, Saskia Suijkerbuijk, reconstructed this 3D image of the midgut of the fruit fly. The oxygen-carrying trachea is in yellow and nuclei in cells lining the gut are in blue.


Past events 

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.