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Public Engagement

lecture2 Public Engagement and Communications related activities are a key part of life at the MRC Cancer Unit. PhD students, post-doctoral CSF 2013 4researchers, research nurses, scientific support staff members and principal investigators  from across the Unit have  teamed up from time to time to construct an excellent range of hands-on activities, demonstrations and talks that together highlight various aspects of ongoing research at the Unit with a focus on the Unit's scientific mission. Major public facing events have included the University Science Festival (March) the Unit Open Day as part of the MRC Festival of Research (June) and Big Biology Day (October). From time to time the Unit hosts visits from experts and professionals from various walks of life (outside of science and research) including parliamentarians, sportsmen, civil servants that enable wider dissemniation of our work in the field of cancer research.  A key focus area of public engagement at the Unit is our extensive interaction with schools (ranging from primary to sixth form) in and around Cambridge, organised with an aim to inspire the next generation of researchers, be it through our year-round schools roadshow programme or through enabling work experience visits for high school students at our research laboratories. Besides these major events, our group leaders and junior researchers regularly participate in a number of public facing talks/panel discussions/award ceremonies that all highlight the need and impact of current research approaches being pursued across the Unit.

In addition, there are scientific talks, seminars, workshops and away days that our researchers have access to throughout the year.