Engaging the public in our research

The School of Biochemistry is committed to raising public awareness of its world-class research activities. Every year we organise opportunities for local people of all ages to talk to and interact with scientists from the School.

We provide several events for school-aged pupils to visit the School and our researchers also visit schools and community-based groups to talk about their work.

About our research

Biochemists are concerned with understanding how living organisms work. This covers a lot of ground, and our research interests reflect this.

At the more chemical end of Biochemistry, we have researchers studying the structure of enzymes to allow them to design novel drugs for diseases such as malaria.

At the more biological end of the spectrum, we have researchers working with whole cells to understand the basis of diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Arrange a visit with biochemistry experts

If you would like a member of the School of Biochemistry to visit your school or community group, please email Naomi Cave to arrange it.

Activities for post-16 students

Find out more about our schools week and other activities for 16 to 18 year-olds.

Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the research they do. This year, the Bristol event will be held in Broadmead on Saturday 16th July and the call for volunteers to help on the day has now opened. The role of the volunteers includes rounding up members of the public, chatting informally about your life as a scientist, supporting the speakers and handing out Soapbox goodies to audience members. More information about the role can be found here: http://soapboxscience.org/?p=2876
Applications to become a volunteer are welcome from everyone and the closing date is 2 weeks before the event date.

For more information please visit soapboxscience.org.

Outreach Open Afternoon

To make outreach more accessible to those who would like to be involved, Naomi Cave and Dawn Davies are organising an afternoon for anyone to come along and see for yourself some examples of the kind of activities that we regularly run as part of outreach visits. It will give us a chance to get to know those of you that would like to be involved, as well as giving you an opportunity to come along with any ideas or questions that you might have and have a bit of fun trying out the activities. 

The afternoon will take place on Tuesday 7th June from 1400-1600 in the physiology teaching lab

Please come along if you would like to be involved in outreach in the faculty, or if you would like to just find out a little more about what we do. Also, if you have previously done outreach in the faculty then come along and tell us, we may be able to assist you in the future with administration and even funding.  

If you are intending on coming along, would you please send Naomi Cave (naomi.cave@bristol.ac.uk) an email so that we have a rough idea of numbers in order to arrange to activities appropriately.