Public Engagement News - 2018
Read about our 2018 public events and activities
World Pneumonia Day
November 2018: Teaching the public about infections, the immune system and antibiotics through fun hands-on activities.
Supercytes Teacher Training in Selkirk
November 2018: CIR researchers ran an interactive workshop to train Borders Biology teachers how to use our “Supercytes” game-based schools’ resource, focused on immunology and inflammation.
Phoebe wins second place for her Three Minute Thesis
November 2018: Phoebe Kirkwood from CIR has been awarded second prize in the prestigious international Universitas 21 3 Minute Thesis competition.
Vote for Phoebe!
October 2018: The final section of the 3MT competition sees Phoebe up for a public vote.
PhD student shortlisted for Max Perutz Science Writing Award
September 2018: EPSRC Proteus IRC / OPTIMA PhD student Helen Parker has been shortlisted for a prestigious writing prize.
Science Insights 2018 – Blog #3
Jessica O'Loughlin is from Stornoway on the Western Isles, and was part of the strand who had focused sessions at the Little France and Central campuses.
Science Insights 2018 – Blog #2
Lauren McCreadie is from St Margarets High School (North Lanarkshire), and was part of the strand who had focused sessions at the Western General Hopsital and Easter Bush campuses.
Science Insights 2018 – Blog #1
Rachel Kelsey is from Linlithgow Academy, and was part of the strand who had focused sessions at the Western General Hospital and Easter Bush campuses.
Science Insights 2018
July 2018: 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.
Art meets science at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
August 2018: On 21-22 August 2018, EPSRC Proteus IRC took part in the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the second year running, under the title 'Creativity for Breathing' and supported by the Wellcome Trust.
CIR researchers appear on Channel 4's 'Food Unwrapped' TV show
July 2018: Profs Jonathan Fallowfield and Peter Hayes appeared on a Channel 4 show to talk about coffee and liver health.
Proteus Public Engagement Strategist receives a PgCert in Academic Practice
July 2018: Dr Helen Szoor-McElhinney, Public Engagement Strategist for the CIR-based Proteus collaboration, has earned a Postgraduate Certificate.
MRC's zone for "I'm a Scientist: Get me out of here!" is a success
June 2018: Prof Damian Mole and PhD student Eoghan Forde tackled an array of questions during this year's "I'm a Scientist: Get me out of here!" online event.
CIR welcomes Youth Grand Challenges prize winners
July 2018: Runners-up of this year's Youth Grand Challenges STEM competition paid a visit to CIR as part of their prize.
MRC CIR 2018 Trainee award for "Excellence in Public Engagement"
June 2018: The 2018 trainee award for "Excellence in Public Engagement" was presented to Lisa Kelly at the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh Away Day on 25th June 2018.
CIR PhD student wins University 'Three Minute Thesis' competition
June 2018: Phoebe Kirkwood has won the University of Edinburgh's 'Three Minute Thesis' competition, sending her on to the national finals.
MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018: Supercytes Teacher Training
June 2018: The MRC CIR ran a free interactive workshop to train teachers how to use our “Supercytes” game-based schools’ resource, focused on immunology & inflammation.
Supercytes Primary School Workshop
May 2018: Donald J. Davidson ran a Supercytes primary school workshop, trialling adaptations to the Supercytes resource designed to help younger learners.
MRC CIR takes part in the Edinburgh International Science Festival
April 2018: The MRC CIR participated at the Edinburgh International Science Festival with a brand new Amazing Immunology workshop
Mentoring scheme for Castlebrae High School students
May 2018: A mentoring scheme between pupils and researchers from across Edinburgh BioQuarter has been set up at Castlebrae Community High School
CIR PhD student through to the "Three Minute Thesis" competition final
April 2018: PhD student Phoebe Kirkwood will compete in the University of Edinburgh's TMT final.
CIR researcher teams up with the Science Ceilidh
April 2018: PhD student Francesco Vacca helps explain scientific concepts using traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing!
Amazing Immunology School Workshop
March 2018: 'Amazing Immunology' workshop goes on tour!
Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018: Careers Hive
March 2018: CIR researchers take part in the Careers Hive 2018, part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Public Engagement Fellowship for Donald J. Davidson
February 2018: The MRC CIR’s Academic Lead for Public Engagement & Communication has been awarded a Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship in Infectious Diseases.
Public Lecture: "Fat Lot of Good! Appendicitis & the Benefits of Specialised Fat Tissue."
January 2018: Prof Damien Mole and Dr Cecile Benezech gave a public talk as part of the "Let’s talk about health" public lecture series run by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.