Public Engagement Team


Philippa Russell 

Philippa Russell Headshot

Dr David Kent

Kent headshot

Philippa joined the Institute as our first Public Engagement Officer in January, 2015. She seeks out new opportunities to bring our researchers and members of the public together and coordinates all public events. If you would like to find out more about our outreach activities or are interested in hosting an event, please contact Philippa: 

David leads a team of researchers interested in blood stem cells. He is passionate about sharing his work and all stem cell research with as many people as possible. As the Public Engagement Champion at the Institute, David encourages all of our researchers to get involved in public events. 

Public Engagement Strategy 



Public Engagement Hall of Fame

Some SCI researchers are prepared to go the extra mile to bring stem cell science out of the labs and into the public domain. Their 'engagement portraits' are proudly hung here:


Dr Jenny Nichols: Nobody else can explain mouse early embryo develoment this clearly!


Dr Tuzer Kalkan: Is determined to turn the Smith lab's research into an addictive arcade-game!

Maria BG 

Dr Maria Barreira-Gonzalez: Knows how to hold a crowd!

Emily play doh 

Emily Calderbank: Believes that no scientific concept is too complex for play-doh!

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