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MRC Centenary UCL Open Day and Science Fair

Date: Saturday 29th June 2013

Time: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Location : UCL

In 2013 the Medical Research Council (MRC) will be celebrating it's centennial year with a series of public events. On Saturday 29th of June at University College London; which is a major recipient of MRC support, MRC funded research units and centres will be holding a Science Fair. This will be a family fun day for all ages and will include lab tours, talks, hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, games and exhibitions. There will be stalls and exhibits in the UCL Cloisters off the main quad, and a treasure hunt for younger visitors. Some of the groups involved and activities planned include:

  • The Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering a fun, hands-on experience of what the centre does. Including DNA extraction, testing pipetting skills and allowing visitors to demonstrate creative flair by designing and drawing their own interpretations of viruses.
  • The Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing will exhibit research findings about the National Survey of Health and Development (NHSD), alongside a timeline of public interest milestones. They will also host a variety of activities, including testing grip strength and measuring reaction times.
  • Students from the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology will show what it's like to work in a lab, with various interactive presentations and demonstrations, and the opportunity to discuss careers in medical research.
  • The MRC fellows at UCL will give a series of talks aimed at the general public highlighting the biomedical research funded by the MRC. These talks will focus on the big challenges in biomedical research including cancer, heart disease, infections and diseases of the nervous system.
  • In addition, we will offer visits to the research labs at the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology.

See UCL's website for more information