We love to go out and about with our research. Read on to find out about public engagement events we’ve attended.
BTRU @ Big Biology Day 2022
Saturday 15 October 2022 saw the welcome return of Big Biology Day at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, now in its ninth year. Organised by Cambridge Biologists, sponsored by AstraZeneca and run in partnership with the Cambridge Festival, Big Biology Day has expanded over the decade since it started to become one of the largest free-to-attend festivals in the UK focused solely on biology.
After a pause of two years due to the pandemic it was great to see a return to hands-on events and here at the NIHR BTRU in ODT we were delighted to be part of it all. There was definitely a buzz in the air as we welcomed lots of visitors to our stand all keen to know more about organ donation and transplantation and to hear about our work.
Little people had great fun getting hands-on with our organ “aprons” and trying their hand at pipetting in our mini science lab. Lots of children and families had a go at our awesome organs quiz and enjoyed the 3-D jigsaw puzzle of our model torso. For older children and adults our film of warm perfusion prompted lots of thought-provoking questions about our latest research.
It was a real team effort from the BTRU, with our research assistant, senior researcher, PhD students, surgical trainees and project manager all getting involved, talking not only about our research but also chatting with teenagers about career choices and pathways. Thanks to Sarah, Hannah, Serena, Maja, Léonie, Harry and Rachel.
As well as raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation and the BTRU, we hope we’ve inspired some scientists and surgeons of the future. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a memorable day.