June 2017: Staff and students from across the Centre attended the first CIR away day
The inaugural MRC Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh away day was held on 29th June in the Appleton Tower (George Square, Edinburgh). Great attendance, high levels of participation and excellent science made sure it was a real success!
The day began with welcoming presentations by Professor Moira Whyte and Professor Stuart Forbes, celebrating the many successes of the CIR over the last year, and looking to the future, including plans for the new Institute for Regeneration and Repair.
Twelve research group leaders, several who have recently joined the CIR, gave entertaining and informative talks on a wide range of organs and diseases.
Dr Donald J. Davidson gave an update on the excellent work by the Public Engagement and Communications team, including all the public events the team have been involved in, such as the Edinburgh International and Dunbar Science Festivals, school visits and Science Insights programme. Donald demonstrated the new “Supercytes” activity for children– a multimedia game developed by the team, newly launched online and made freely available to schools. Over lunch everyone had the opportunity to play the “Supercytes” card game, Denny and the T-team, the Immunology sticker activity and the Allergen ball-pool challenge with fierce competition for the highest score!
Finally the day ended with our new Trainee in Excellence in Pubic Engagement award for Iris Mair and Cathy Hawley for their tireless public engagement activities, and a prize for David Taggart for winning the ball pool challenge.
The CIR Away Day was a great success, and it was clear at the drinks reception that new links were being forged, with a better appreciation of the excellent work that goes on in the CIR. Many thanks should be given to the CIR Away Day committee, especially Steve Jenkins, Rebecca Aucott and Sheila Marshall - without their hard work and organisation the event would not have been the success that it was.