SCI participated in the Science Festival during the first weekend of the event, both Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th, at the Corn Exchange. All of the stem cell activities went fantastically well thanks to the enthusiasm of our 14 volunteers who kindly donated their time!
Children and adults enjoyed a variety of games, such as the hugely popular giant board game and our ‘Stem Cell Pet’ experiment, which allowed the children to experience how scientists work in their lab coats, goggles and gloves! Adults were also invited to enter the competition ‘Win a tour of the Stem Cell Institute’ with one of our top researchers.
Robin Franklin’s Science Festival talk "Stem Cells and Repairing Brains" on Monday 17th March was a great success! The event was sold out with over 120 people in the audience and 43 people on the waiting list.
On Tuesday 18th March, Kevin Chalut's Science Festival talk "Using Physics and Engineering Principles in Stem Cell Research" was fascinating. He kept his audience gripped with a particularly innovative use of visual aids.
On Wednesday 19th March, Roger Barker's Science Festival talk "What Can Stem Cells Do for Parkinson's Disease?" was immensely successful! Over 100 people attended the event and he then spent one hour and twenty minutes answering one to one questions from members of the audience.
Jose Silva’s Science Festival talk "Reprogramming Adult Stem Cells Back into Embryonic Stem Cells", on Thursday 20th March completed our week of fascinating lectures! Jose provided a comprehensive view of the topic and completed the evening by answering a large number of one to one questions from the audience.
SCI participated in the Science Festival on Sunday 23rd March, at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Once again our team of volunteers delighted the visitors to their stand with a range of activities for adults and children. Thank you again to all SCI volunteers!