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 in-person 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.


CIR takes part in Midlothian Science Festival online

MSF Online Schools Programme | Supercytes | 11th to 29th October 2021

Two PhD Students win CIR Public Engagement Award 2021

Two side by side images: PhD student Susannah Riley smiling, PhD student Jenny Shelley
August 2021 – Susanna Riley and Jennifer Shelley are the joint winners of the Centre’s 2021 Trainee Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, for their contributions to a variety of Centre initiatives.

I'm a Scientist - CIR Postdoc answers students' insightful questions

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May 2021 – CIR Researcher Jamil Jubrail spoke with hundreds of school children and shared what it's like to be a scientist through the 2021 "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here" programme.

Walking Through the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Edinburgh Science Festival | Walks, Tours and Trails | Ages 8+

Science Insights 2021 applications are now live for S5 pupils

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Science Insights is an exciting work experience programme designed to give 5th year high school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists.

CIR releases COVID-19 animations to address misinformation pandemic

Title card for Immune Memory and the Coronavirus animations, showing Earth with pandemic spread lines.
December 2020: In partnership with the British Society for Immunology, the Centre for Inflammation Research have produced a three-part animated series on the human immune system and how immune memories form in response to infections like coronavirus.

Research Insights is launched across the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

November 2020: Free online public events, exploring the science and research taking place in our College, will be broadcast on Wednesdays from November to March.

Crohn's & Colitis research: Having the guts to go online

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October 2020: IBD researchers share their work at Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s first virtual Patient Involvement in Research Day

'Science from the Sofa' goes online with Emily Gwyer Findlay at Biggar SciFest

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September 2020: Emily Gwyer Findlay from CIR and Shane Canning from the University Press Office speak at Biggar Science Festival about what it's like to work with the press.

Science Insights goes online with the help of CIR researchers

The Science Insights logo: blue text on a patterned yellow background featuring images of pupils in lab.
July 2020 - Students, postdocs and PIs from CIR sign up to help with Science Insights, a programme for pupils which democratises access to high quality science and medical work experience.

EBSOC Delivery Team wins the CIR Public Engagement award 2020

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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

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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

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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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