MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Committees, societies and groups

Committees, societies and groups bringing together those with shared interests in the IGMM.

Social Committee

IGMM Nucleus event

The IGMM social committee organises events throughout the year for everyone across the IGMM to attend. 

Events include a monthly gathering – usually on the last Friday night of the month - in the Nucleus social space, providing an evening of drinks, food and good company for all to enjoy!

They also organise other events throughout the year such as:

  • Annual pub quiz
  • Summer BBQ
  • Wimbledon TGI Friday with Strawberries and Pimms
  • Special celebrations e.g. Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Burns Night celebrations
  • Christmas party

The Social Committee are always looking for new ideas, new members and people to turn up and have fun at our events and can be contacted by emailing:

POGS (POstGraduate Students) Society

IGMM POGS event 2016

The POGS (POstGraduate Students) society is a student run initiative that brings together postgraduate students from across the IGMM.

The aims of the society are to

  • Promote communication and cooperation between research students in the different laboratories throughout the IGMM
  • Encourage inter-building scientific discussion and networking
  • Allow students access to career information both within and beyond academia.

To achieve these aims the POGS committee organise a variety of events, including career talks from IGMM scientists, career talks from areas outside academia and of course the all-important student retreat.

The POGS Society is always open to new members or ideas for speakers/social events and can be contacted by emailing:

The PODS (POstDoctoral) Society

The PODS (POstDoctoral) Society is run by postdoctoral researchers in the IGMM to assist their community in:

  • Career development
  • Networking
  • Developing collaborations
  • Finding resources for advice and mentorship
  • Finding resources for technical expertise
  • Finding resources for development of management and soft skills
  • Socialising

PODS sponsors at least one career development/expertise sharing event and one social event each month. Career development/expertise sharing events are usually held over lunch, while socials are held in the afternoon on the third Friday of each month.

To join PODS please find our mailing list at and subscribe directly. PODS is open to all research staff at the IGMM.

Sustainability Group

IGMM Sustainability awards 2014/15

The University of Edinburgh is committed to being a world leader in addressing global challenges including poverty, climate change and the growing demand for energy, food and water.

The IGMM Sustainability Group was launched in 2014 to bring together those with an interest in contributing towards a more socially responsible and sustainable Institute.

The hard work and innovation of the group was celebrated at the University's 2019 Sustanability Awards, with the IGMM winning a Gold Award in the Office Category and a Silver Award in the Lab Category.

The group are always looking for new members so if you are interested in getting involved please contact:

Gardening Group

IGMM gardening group

The Gardening Group aims to improve and create new landscaped areas around our buildings, contribute to the Sustainability Group efforts and increase the enjoyment of staff and visitors to the Institute.

The group is open to anyone within the Institute who enjoys (or would like to start) gardening and can spend some time throughout the year on a range of gardening activities. If you are interested in getting involved please contact: