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Public Events

Our researchers and public engagement team run events for the public throughout the year.

In March 2018 we hosted five events for the Cambridge Science Festival.

Wednesday 14 March 2018 True, personal stories about science at The Junction.

Brewing a Taste for Stem Cells

Thursday 15 March 2018 In partnership with Moonshine Brewery; brewers of Regenerator, our scientific session ale.

The Big Stem Cell Knit

Saturday 17 March 2018 We're working with Neural Knitworks for a day of neuroscience and knitting.

Life in a Dish

Thursday 22 March 2018 Exploring the relationship between researchers and the living materials they study.

Magic Myelin

Sunday 25 March 2018 Get hands-on to understand brain cells at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.


Arbury Primary School and Orchard Park Primary School, Cambridge

Friday 16 March 2018 School visits with our blood stem cell robots for KS2 children on UniStem Day.


Homerton College: Action Stations

Saturday 10 February 2018 Our stem cell robots visited Homerton with Dr David Kent.


Regenerator on Tour: Ely Beer Festival

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 January 2018 Stem cell researchers and our scientific session ale were present.


St Mary's Primary School, Saffron Walden

Tuesday 16 January 2018 School visit for KS2 children in partnership with PluriMes.


Public Engagement in 2017


The Variables Present: An Evening of Science Variety

Tuesday 7 November 2017, 8pm

Featuring two new hopefuls from Stem Cell Institute Science Comedy training.


Regenerator on tour: Cambridge Skeptics

Thursday 16 November 2017, 7.30pm

Pub: The Blue Moon

We're partnering with Cambridge Skeptics at the Blue Moon for some straight-talking debate and discussion about the future of stem cell research. Group leader Dr David Kent will be talking about 'Stem Cells Going Wrong In People - How Do Cancers Evolve?'.


Regenerator on tour: Science Comedy at the Maypole

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 7.30pm

Pub: The Maypole

Join us for another fabulous evening of science comedy, featuring some new talent from one of our comedy skills training workshops, led by Stanley Strawbridge (Smith Lab). What better way to enjoy the laughs than with a pint of stem cell themed Regenerator ale.


The Variables Present: An Evening of Science Variety

Monday 11 September 2017

Stanley Strawbridge (Smith lab) will be performing.


Cherry Hinton Festival

Saturday 16 September 2017

Scientists from the Stem Cell Institute are going for the first time to the Cherry Hinton Festival in Cambridge to discuss their research, and get people thinking about the power and potential of stem cells. Make your own playdoh cell to take home, learn how cells are looked after in the laboratory, and experiment with turning ‘body cells’ back into ‘stem cells’ (as if by magic!). Led by Thorsten Klampfl and Jacob Grinfeld (Green lab), and Justyna Rak (Méndez-Ferrer lab).


Regenerator on tour: Pub Quiz

Sunday 8 October 2017

Pub: Cambridge Blue

To celebrate the re-launch of our Scientific Session Ale Regenerator we're partnering with the Cambridge Blue Beer Festival to challenge pub goers with a stem cell themed science round in their festival pub quiz. Prizes include bottles of Regenerator ale!


Regenerator on tour: Science Comedy...what's not funny about stem cells

Monday 9 October 2017, 7.30pm

Pub: Cambridge Blue

To continue our collaboration with the Cambridge Blue Beer Festival we're hosting a stella night of science comedy featuring resident comedians; Stanley Strawbridge (Smith Lab), Moyra Lawrence (Ghevaert Lab), Will Bernard (Sinha Lab), plus a selection of Cambridge comedy talent. Pre-booked tickets are £4 and include a free pint of Regenerator. Tickets and further details available here.


Cherry Hinton Library: Stem cell robots

Saturday 14 October 2017, 10.30am

We'll be taking a new version of our stem cell robots activity to Cherry Hinton Library for a family-friendly hands-on session in October. The robot game has been redesigned to focus specifically on blood lineages by Elisa Laurenti and Justyna Rak (Méndez-Ferrer Lab) with support from Elisa's BBSRC grant.


Regenerator on tour: Repairing the Brain

Sunday 29 October 2017, 3pm

Pub: The White Swan, Stow-cum-Quy

Join Professor Roger Barker as he discusses his pioneering research in this relaxed and friendly afternoon pub session. Roger will explain how new stem cell therapies are being developed to restore neurological function in conditions such as Parkinson's and Huntington's disease. He's keen to hear from you; so for the bulk of the session he will be answering your questions to find out what you really want to know about these new medical advances. Register for a free ticket, or just drop in on the day.

PLUS PUB QUIZ: After Roger's science cafe you can stay on to enjoy a Sunday afternoon pub quiz and perhaps another pint of Regenerator. We'll be challenging you to answer a set of stem-cell themed questions, with a special box set of beer as a bonus prize!