UTC Cambridge, for science, technology, engineering and maths students aged 14-19, opened in September 2014 and right from those early days the Gurdon Institute has taken part in a number of training courses and events, focusing on the role of microscopy in biomedical research.
At UTC's request we collaborated to run an eight-week workshop for Year 12 students about confocal microscopy, using Drosophila as a model. As well as hosting a visit to the Institute to demonstrate our different microscopes, our researchers gave two seminars and provided flies and technical advice.
In December 2014 UTC ran its first 'Industry Day'. The Gurdon Institute took part in the form of our Head of Microscopy, Alex Sossick, and Computer Imaging Associate Dr Nicola Lawrence, on that occasion representing the Royal Microscopical Society which was joined by nine other academic bodies including the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Institute of Animal Technology and the Engineering Development Trust. Students heard a variety of presentations, visited hands-on exhibits and were able to meet with experts in their field to discuss science and career opportunities.