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Public engagement

Our public engagement mission is to make our research accessible and responsive to society, for the mutual benefits of inspiration, knowledge exchange and trust.

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What is public engagement?

The term public engagement is used to describe the many ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public for mutual benefit.

Our Public Engagement Mission & Strategy

Empower and inspire the next generation.

Generate increased trust in fundamental research and ensure our research remains relevant to society.

Embed public engagement into our research culture.

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Henrietta Book Club

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The Great BioQuest

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Seeing closer!

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Smiling student working on plates at a lab bench.

Aspiring Scientists Training Programme (ASTP)

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Scientists Collaborative Project with Educators (SCoPE)

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Tattoo my Science

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Experiments in Art & Science

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Illustration of two people kneeling with palms touching and their bodies made of little geometric shapes to represent cells

Letterbox Science

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Table with beakers and flasks containing brightly coloured crochet. In the background there is a Gurdon Institute banner with the tagline "Studying development to understand disease"

Stitching Science

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For Institute staff and students

Public Engagement Team

We have a dedicated public engagement team that work with staff and students across the institute to design, build and deliver a diverse and dynamic public engagement programme.


Public Engagement Manager

Hélène Doerflinger

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Public Engagement Coordinator

Natalie Walls

Emma Rawlins BW portrait

Public Engagement Ambassador

Emma Rawlins

Silver Engage Watermark

The Gurdon Institute was awarded a Silver Engage Watermark award in 2020.

The Engage Watermark is an award granted by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) to higher education institutions to recognise their strategic support for public engagement and their commitment to improve the support offered.

Silver Engage Watermark from the National Co0ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Contact the public engagement team

Do you have an idea for a collaborative public engagement project with our scientists? The Gurdon Institute is always open to co-creating new projects, and we would love to hear from you.

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