Science comes alive in Peterborough city centre

LifeLab science event at Cathedral Square and Central Square at Queensgate. The Beeches School pupils with  Paul Browne from MRC Epidemiology EMN-180928-162329009
LifeLab science event at Cathedral Square and Central Square at Queensgate. The Beeches School pupils with Paul Browne from MRC Epidemiology EMN-180928-162329009
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Last Friday and Saturday saw Peterborough city centre come alive with pop-up labs, roaming science buskers and hands-on activities.

LifeLab, one of the UK’s celebrations of European Researchers’ Night, delivered an exciting programme of events to help people discover more about the research happening on their doorsteps and how science is part of their daily lives.

Through events on both days and a series of schools visits prior to the public events, LifeLab activities reached an audience of over 3,000 in Peterborough and Cambridge.

In addition to lots of opportunities to take part in interactive activities, additional events ranged from cosy café-based chats to chuckling along with researchers as they gave a humorous look at life in the lab.

Dr Kenneth Skeldon, LifeLab lead from Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement, said: “We’re delighted with the response to our first LifeLab in Peterborough and Cambridge. We wanted to take science and research to new venues and different audiences, and early feedback from the events is very positive.”

LifeLab is led by Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement, with partners including the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Babraham Institute, the University of Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

LifeLab 2019 will see an enhanced programme of events covering Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely at the end of next September (27 and 28).