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Cambridge Science Festival: drop in at the Institute

Every other year we have hosted a drop-in day at the Gurdon Institute on a weekend during the Cambridge Science Festival. From 2018 we will run some kind of an event every year.


Past events 

On-site event on Saturday 17th March 2018.

In 'Life under the lens', visitors made a take-home microscope with their smartphone and tried out our powerful laboratory microscopes while talking with our scientists. 

Our on-site event on Saturday 18th March 2017

..was a roaring success, judging by the numbers of visitors (nearly 400), how long they stayed to find out more about biology under the microscope, and their positive feedback comments (see right).

Zoom Box Photo Competition 2017: Winners announced!

We received plenty of imaginative entries to our competition for photos taken with the Zoom boxes, and the Gurdon Institute judging panel have made their choice for a winner, to receive an Apex microscope, and 8 runners up who will receive a Phonescope.  See our news page to view all the winning entries

making zoom boxes2017: 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."

CamSciFest programme 2017The CSF 2017 programme cover (below right) featured a special microscopic image of 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.

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.