At the Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology we are committed to sharing knowledge, communicating and engaging with the wider community. We support our researchers in outreach activities and to date we have participated in events such as Explorathon, IKEA, Glasgow Science Festival and primary schools.
There are various sources of funding and training available for public engagement. If you require advice on a public engagement initiative, please contact the Institute PE Lead, Nikki White.
From the creators of ‘StomaToys’ (2018-20) the project ‘Sci-Seedlets’ is developing education-through-play resources for plant sciences. Sci-seedlets are designed to make school children aware of the importance of the work that plant scientists do in the community and to give its users a taste of plant science research for nurturing an interest in the field. The project focuses at conveying the importance of plants and plant science in solving global problems such as climate change, plant disease, food security and depletion of fresh water and land resources.
The Sci-seedlets team is an eclectic mix - Plant Scientists and Cell Engineers from the University of Glasgow and Human-Computer-Interactions scientists from the University of Lancaster. The team works with artists, non-scientist members of public, and in partnership with Knightswood Primary, one of the largest schools in Glasgow.
The project is supported by funding awards from the Royal Society and MVLS.
For further updates watch this space!