Centre for Inflammation Research

Public Engagement News & Events

We enjoy sharing our research with the wider public, whether they be children, families, patients or other scientists


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, all planned activities have been postponed until further notice. We have uploaded resources which will help parents and children continue to learn about immunology and fundamental science concepts at home.


EBSOC Delivery Team wins the CIR Public Engagement award 2020

Pictures of Ross Dobie, Elena Dora and Katie Smith
June 2020 – Ross Dobie, Elena Dora and Katie Smith have been presented with the Centre’s 2020 Trainee Award for Excellence in Public Engagement for their work with schools, including lab-based workshops at EBSOC.

Global impacts of the pandemic on non COVID-19 research

Dr Carsten Hansen talks about being a cancer research academic when non-COVID research is on hold in the UK
June 2020 - Principal Investigator Dr Carsten Hansen reflects on the impact of the global pandemic on his lab’s research in the fields of cancer, inflammation and tissue repair.

Lockdown learning with Dundee Science Centre's Body Bits Week

May 2020 - PhD student Susanna Riley has contributed to Dundee Science Centre's Home Learning Programme with an activity about DNA and genetics.

CIR takes part in Edinburgh Science Festival's digital lockdown offering

April 2020: The CIR Let's Talk about Health public lecture on inflammatory bowel disease becomes a feature of this year's digital Edinburgh Science Festival programme.

Researchers run Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre workshops for local pupils

A PhD student teaches school pupils how to use lab techniques.
March 2020 - Scientists from the Centre for Inflammation Research (CIR) have teamed up with the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) to deliver scientific workshops to secondary school students.

March in March raises funds and awareness for endometriosis research

March 2020: Philippa Saunders from CIR and Andrew Horne from CRH take part in the annual March in March for endometriosis awareness, raising funds for the EXPPECT project.

Healing Damaged Guts in Inflammatory Bowel Disease - From the Doctor, Patient and Scientist

Gwo-tzer, Kris and Emily take questions after the talk
February 2020 - A packed auditorium hall listened to Gwo-tzer Ho, Kris McGuire and Emily Thompson give an impactful lecture on our current research towards new treatments in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

The Supercytes visit the National Museum of Scotland

A group of teachers learn to play the Supercytes card game
January 2020 - Donald J. Davidson shows teachers how to use card game Supercytes to teach pupils about immunology.

Mentoring scheme for Castlebrae High School students

A group of researchers and school pupils chatting at a table.
Ongoing: Maria Panagopoulou writes about the mentoring scheme between Castlebrae Community High School pupils and researchers from across Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Proteus Research Capsule now open at Glasgow Science Centre

The Proteus Research Capsule consists of a bronchoscope game and a visual display of information about the research
Ongoing: Proteus have launched a semi-permanent interactive exhibit within Glasgow Science Centre.

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