Crick News

ISSUE 09

October 2013

Public Engagement

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Festival Fun 

As part of our ambition to become more involved in public engagement and community events in the run up to the Crick's opening, we have taken part in a number of festivals, fairs and events this autumn.

Visitors to the Somers Town Fair in September enjoyed extracting DNA from strawberries and iron from cereal with Crick staff, and in October we were on hand at the Royal Veterinary College's Late event to answer questions about the Crick from the 150 curious attendees.

This year for the first time the Francis Crick Institute also took part in Bloomsbury Festival. This proved to be our biggest event yet and despite the torrential downpours, around 350 people visited our tent in Russell Square Gardens. Children and parents alike were able to explore their senses with LRI's Cosy Science team, create plasticine models inspired by life under the microscope with Dr Lizzie Burns and inspect their cheek cells with Crick staff.

'Thank you because we loved it here', commented one happy festival goer.

At all three events our buskers were also out in force to amaze and engage people with simple, interactive science experiments.