For the fourth year running, The Francis Crick Institute (formerly UKCMRI) joined the local community for the Somers Town Festival of Cultures (START Festival) on 9 July.
Staff from the Institute were on hand throughout the day to answer questions about the new research centre which is due to open in 2015. They were joined by colleagues from building contractors, Laing O'Rourke, and scientists from the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute (LRI). Laing O'Rourke provided information about construction apprenticeship opportunities and fielded their celebrity guest, ‘Ivor Goodsite’, who was a hit with children at the festival.
The LRI and NIMR scientists staged fun and engaging activities for visitors to the Institute’s stall. These included an opportunity for children to wear a lab coat and goggles and carry out a ‘scientific experiment’ or take part in bracelet-making using UV beads which changed colour in the sunshine. This was accompanied by advice about wearing suncream and protecting against skin cancer.
Cancer Research UK brought their Cancer Awareness Roadshow Bus to the festival, with nurses on hand to offer information and advice on leading a healthier life to help reduce the risk of cancer, and the importance of spotting cancer early.