skip to primary navigationskip to content

Cambridge Science Festival: hands-on at the Guildhall

For the 2016 Cambridge Science Festival, the Gurdon Institute ran a stand for the popular hands-on weekend at the city centre Guildhall

Worms, flies and frogs: What can they teach us about human disease?

On the weekend of 12th and 13th March we ran a stand as part of the busy hands-on session in the Guildhall that welcomed thousands of visitors through the doors.  On the Saturday evening there was an adults-only session and early on Sunday morning there was a quieter autism-friendly session.

Our theme was model animals as used in Gurdon Institute research: the worm, the fly and the frog. How do they help us understand human biology and disease? We had samples to view and listen to, mini-quizzes and posters on life cycles, and plenty of volunteers to help with microscopes and answering questions.

We handed out postcards, orange pens, stickers and orange fluorescent drawstring bags to spread the word about the Institute and our 25th anniversary in 2016.

You can view two of our posters describing why we use fruit flies in research.


Responses to our short evaluation questionnaire showed that 77/86 people rated our event 'very good' or 'excellent' for helping them learn something new about science and 74/86 rated it 'very good' or 'excellent' for making science learning fun. A huge 85/86 thought the event had been 'good', 'very good' or 'excellent' for encouraging them to look for more information about science.

CSF2016 girl and scope  CSF2016 frog specimens  CSF2016 close up boy with scope 

CSF2016 whole room  CSF2016 boy at scope  CSF2016 explaining

CSF2016 listening to flies  CSF2016 can u hear me  CSF2016 girl scope and table


Photographs (c) 2016 brandAnonymous