Welcome to Public Engagement

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology is committed to engaging the public in discussion of our research. We carry out a host of activities to engage with the general public, school children, teachers and visitors to science festivals.

Each year we are involved in and run a number of projects such as:

  • Touring schools with the workshop 'Life Through a Lens', which combines theatre and hands-on science experiments for pupils age around 7-12 years
  • Events, such as Life Through a Lens drop-in, at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh each November, doing 'Experimental Stories' at the Edinburgh Storytelling Centre and taking part in Leith Labs at Ocean Terminal
  • Midlothian Science Festival (each year in October)
  • Glass Lab: the creation of stunning glass art about our research and created the 'Glass Life Exhibition' in the Botanics Glass houses in 2016
  • Pupils in Labs project: facilitating local school pupil access to labs and researchers (June and Nov/Dec each year from 2016 for pupils studying Higher and AH Biology)
  • Athens Science Festival (2016)
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival (2012)
  • Orkney Science Festival (2012 & 2015)
  • In the past we have also taken part in : Parents Like Us Festival, Kickstart labs on campus for senior school pupils (each year in July) and Working with SSERC to provide teacher training on our site.

Our overall aim is engage the public and schools in discussion of cell biology research. You can read more about how we will achieve this aim and how we govern and evaluate what we do in the two documents below.

WTCCB Public Engagement Strategy

WTCCB Public Engagement Evaluation Framework