Stories from Public Engagement Case studies

Date: 1 July 2021

Wellcome Connecting Science Public Engagement team have put together story highlights from projects throughout the year.

Six inspiring case studies, the first in a new series from our Public Engagement team.

Cracking the code: Inspiring the next generation of software developers. Inspiring the next generation of software developers as Steve (a former STEM Ambassador) and Harriet set up a Code Club in a local primary school, where children could learn coding once a week during lunchtime. With the ambition to reverse the lack of female software developers in science one small step at a time!

The Cancer Detectives: Sarah Moody, Tim Butler and Emily Mitchell developed an activity to initiate conversations about cancer and the lifestyle habits that may lead to it. They share with us the lessons learnt, the challenges and motivations in this case study.

Championing public facing work in a core facility: Be inspired by Rachel Nelson’s story of how public engagement was embedded within Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP), enabling opportunities to demonstrate the breadth of career options in science, and inspire the next generation of budding scientists.

Beer and Science: Monica Abrudan shares how, with an enthusiastic team of colleagues, she started up Beer and Science meet ups back in her home country, Romania. In this new case study, she takes us through her Public Engagement journey, from first blogging in Romanian to setting up a network of scientists willing to explain their science in an informal and entertaining way.

Celling Biology: Frank Schwach talks about engaging participants in an interactive hands-on activity during lockdown. One event is built around the design of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV2, for which we use the free web tool “Benchling” to show how biologists would go about designing the crucial biomolecules for the test. The other is a live-streamed guided tour of the malaria labs and insect facilities at the Sanger Institute.

Read the case studies