We are committed to increasing knowledge and understanding of our research amongst our supporters and the general public.
Our committed Research Engagement Manager and the wider Cancer Research UK Research Engagement team are responsible for running inspiring laboratory tours and open days, as well as using a variety of other events to increase awareness of cancer research progress in Manchester.
Biannual open days and regular laboratory tours allow Cancer Research UK ambassadors, supporters and fundraisers to meet our scientists and get first-hand experience of our cutting-edge research. Guests can learn about our recent successes and our ambitious plans for the future, and by seeing real research in action are able to appreciate the impact of Cancer Research UK funding.
Away from the lab, we engage the public with our research in creative and collaborative ways. Through involvement in local science festivals, we offer hands-on activities to children and families, often as part of larger science fairs. We have also held public debates - aimed at adults - that give members of the public a chance to meet our researchers and engage in discussion about current issues around cancer research. Other recent highlights include a performance of ‘The Immortal Woman’, based on the story of Henrietta Lacks, and Pint of Science –informal lectures by our researchers in a nearby pub.
Online and through social media we are exploring new avenues to spread the word about our progress in cancer research. In addition, virtual engagement activities enable us to reach a wider audience in exciting and innovative ways.