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Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

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

Highlights

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

Stemcellbrew Girls in Stem

Stem Cell Brew, ongoing

Regional Beer Festivals and Pubs                 

Seed Fund Project

Girlguiding STEM day, 2020

Ely                                                             

Seed Fund Project

Charity concert Lifelab 2019

Charity Concert, 2018 and 2019

Newmarket

LifeLab, 2019

Ely

As part of European Researchers Night

Lifelab 2018 Stem Cell Knit

LifeLab, 2018

Peterborough

As part of European Researchers Night

The Big Stem Cell Knit, 2018

Cambridge

As part of Cambridge Science Festival

Brewing a taste Story Collider

Brewing a Taste for Stem Cells, 2018

Cambridge

As part of Cambridge Science Festival

The Story Collider, 2018

Cambridge

As part of Cambridge Science Festival

UniStemDay

Arbury and Orchard Park Schools workshops, 2018

Cambridge

As part of UniStemDay

Women's Institute workshop, 2018

Girton

In collaboration with Neural Knitworks

Plurimes Ely beer fest

St Mary's Schools workshop, 2018

Saffron Waldon

In collaboration with PluriMes

Regenerator at Ely Beer Festival, 2018

Ely

Seed Fund Project

Regenerator on tour Cherry Hinton Fest

Regenerator on tour, 2017

Regional Pubs          

Seed Fund Project

Cherry Hinton Festival, 2017

Cambridge

Cherry Hinton Library Nuffield

Cherry Hinton Library group, 2017

Cambridge

Nuffield Research Placement, 2017

Cambridge

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.