This page gives an outline of recent outreach and public engagement activities supported by our grants schemes. To keep up-to-date on our events and activities, please visit our Public events page, for further information on our funding categories, and how to apply please see our Grants page.
Along with our Outreach Grants and Public Engagment Grants we provide ongoing funding for the Mobile Teaching Unit, and have sponsered physiology themed museum exhibitions and events around the country.
2015 Public Engagement Grants
Sai Pathmanathan – Eat. Poo. Sleep. (Working title)
‘Eat. Poo. Sleep’ aims to get children, teens and their parents thinking about how our bodies work. Why DO we need to eat, poo and sleep? And what happens if we don’t do any of them? This project will take physiology to the people through a series of hands-on activities with professional storytellers, animal handlers and physiologists.
Katie Chambers – Trauma 999: The Science of Saving Lives’
‘Trauma 999: The Science of Saving Lives’ is a new science show for GCSE and A level students. Developed by Centre of the Cell in partnership with the internationally-recognised Centre for Trauma and Neuroscience at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, it communicates the physiology of the nervous and circulatory systems of the human body and what happens when it undergoes a traumatic injury. The show offers an insight into the fascinating research of the Centre for Trauma and Neuroscience, and how this translates to real-life treatments in the future. Website: https://www.centreofthecell.org/
Shazia Chaudhry – Body Experience 2015
21 March 2015
Explore the wonder of the human body at the ‘Body Experience’ Big Saturday at Manchester Museum. For the fifth year running, researchers from across Life Sciences at the University of Manchester will take over the museum from top to bottom, allowing you to explore the human body from head to toe! Interactive stands and activities for all the family will include a range of activities from making your own mucus, to performing spine surgery with marshmallows. To see the event, visit their website.
Shane McCracken – Ageing Zone - I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here
I’m a Scientist is an award-winning science engagement event that gets scientists and school students talking. The event takes place over 2 weeks online at imascientist.org.uk. Scientists fill in a profile and then students challenge them over fast-paced text-based live CHATs. They ASK the scientists anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn that science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science. Scientists develop their communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on their work, and find out what young people think about science and the role of scientists. Scientists can apply to take part at: www.imascientist.org.uk/scientists
Isobel Massey and Victoria Tovell – Pint of Science 2015 - Our Body at University College London
18th – 20th May 2015
Pint of Science is an international science festival that aims to showcase the latest cutting-edge research to the public. UCL, as one of the worlds’ leading research institutions, is hosting an "Our Body" event. Check out http://pintofscience.com!
Matthew Postles – Bristol99
Our local urban wildlife needs to be tough to survive and thrive in the concrete jungle. What physiological adaptations let some of our favourite friends and hidden gems master the city streets and the amazing urban green spaces in between? The Bristol Festival of Nature invites you to join us and expert researchers to explore exactly how bats use their auditory physiology to navigate the city soundscape and locate their prey in an urban bat walk with a difference. This summer event will run twice including a special session for the visually impaired. As the nights draw in and temperatures start dropping, discover how our local reptiles and mammalian cousins survive the winter cold using very different physiological tactics. This October event will include interactive activities testing your mammalian thermoregulation against Bristol’s local lizards before seeking them out on a reptile ramble and small mammal survey. Join us to help put Bristol’s own urban dragons on the map. See more about the project at: http://bristol99.org.uk/
Caroline Dive – Every Cell Has A Story
The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, 30th June – 5th July 2015
As lung cancer grows and develops, bits of the tumour can break off and float around in the bloodstream. The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester group is developing techniques to collect these circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from the blood of individual patients, which may reveal vital clues about how best to treat their disease. Searching for CTCs is like looking for a needle in a haystack – in a blood sample there are millions of normal blood cells and potentially as few as 1 CTC. Our exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition will bring this search to life with an arcade style ‘claw’ game. In addition, the group will demonstrate how the machines we use in the laboratory work to examine CTCs in blood samples through the development of a physical interactive game. This will allow the public to experience the whole process from when the blood sample arrives to the lab through to the identification of CTCs at the end, and what this means for the lung cancer patient. To find out more, visit their website.
Liz Granger – The Body Knitting Project
In this project, older people within the community will help to knit and crochet educational models of the human body that allow young children (aged 4-6 years of age) to learn through play. This is aimed to engage older volunteers with physiology research in an informal setting and introduce young children to biology and create a positive association with science.
Katie Haylor – Champion the Researchers
Researchers engage with school children at university events: pupils learn about life as researcher, and about physiology options within education and beyond. Researchers must articulate their work to a lay audience. And then the real fun starts… After each event, pupils choose one researcher to investigate further. They explain their choices and teams are selected to create short case study films. Teams then compete for the ‘Maximum Exposure’ award – which team can show their film to the most people? Pupils gather data and evaluate the impact of their film. By the project’s end, these humble videos exalting and explaining the work of researchers will have reached an audience of tens of thousands… more if they go viral! The films, each with related classroom activities and teacher guidance to introduce research-based activities into school, will be housed online. Visit the website at: http://www.championtheresearchers.co.uk/
2014 Public Engagement Grants
- Physiology for All, Frederic Kastner, the Fuse School
- Obesity Wars: Fitness versus Fatness, Janic Thompson, University of Birmingham
- Scotland's Food Science Technology Roadshow, Iona Beange, Heriot Watt University
- Networks in the brain: mapping connections and measuring damage, David Sharp, Imperial College London
- I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!, Rosie Schultz
- The Cell Craft Challenge, Elizabeth Granger, University of Central Lancashire
- RVC Lates, Grace Kimble, Royal Veterinary College