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MRC Festival of Medical Research - 2018

Last year's MRC Festival took place from 14 to 24 June, with MRC-funded researchers showcasing their work at over 40 activities in the United Kingdom, The Gambia and Uganda, reaching nearly 6,000 members of the public.

The activities aimed to inform, inspire and stimulate thinking about medical research.

(Left) A scientist in a lab coat talking to two adults, (Middle) A child wearing goggles, high fiving someone and (Right) Students in lab coats looking at a computer screen


MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University partnered with DEPOT Cardiff to present an evening science fair aimed at adults. This included interactive bespoke funfair games, short informative talks, juggling and pizza to keep energy levels high.

Dr Lynsey Hall explaining genetics to a crowd of people by juggling


MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh celebrated the diverse research findings made possible by public participation in the Generation Scotland biobank. They enjoyed a tour of the IGMM building where much of the research takes place, talks, two video premiers, and the day ended with a cream tea.

People engaging at a stall


MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit visited two secondary schools in Entebbe reaching 400 students. Choosing a career in science was encouraged and many female scientists took part.

Students looking at inhalers


The Science Fair at UCL was a fun day for all ages and included hands-on activities, demonstrations, games and exhibitions. It was hosted by MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, MRC Prion Unit and MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL.

Children doing experiments at UCL Science Fair


MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge hosted 50 sixth-form students from four local schools. They toured the research labs and interacted with students and staff, enjoying talks and hands-on experiments. The day ended with a careers session, juice and cake.

Students wearing lab coats listening to a talk