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Connecting with local underserved communities

We aim to connect to local under-served communities and empower them to access stem cell research.

Recent highlights

Projects include charity concerts in Newmarket and our stem cell brew, Regenerator.

Why?

  • Everybody should be able to use and influence scientific research, regardless of their background or interests.
  • Stem cell related diseases and future therapies do not discriminate.
  • Certain communities are often overlooked or excluded when delivering our engagement through the traditional channels e.g. science festivals.
  • We limit the impact our engagement can make by not engaging in surrounding towns, cities and rural areas.

How?

  • We will create and market a funding scheme to local organisations to work with us on an engagement project that meets their communities’ needs and interests.
  • We will experiment with novel activities, unusual locations and targeted invitations to reach new people in the Cambridgeshire region.
  • We will monitor our success in reaching new local audiences from under-served communities using demographic data and measures of ‘science capital’.

Outcomes

  • New communities gain access to our research including our laboratories.
  • Researchers evolve new mechanisms and skills to engage diverse audiences.
  • Communities feel valued and more informed.