Communicating our Science to a Wider Audience
Understanding fundamental processes in chromosome biology, gene regulation and developmental biology has many wider implications for society. The ongoing revolution in genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas9 technology is a prime example, on the one hand bringing exciting possibilities in medicine, agriculture and industry, and on the other raising significant ethical issues, for example around the potential to modify the human germline. Explaining to people what it is that we do in our research, whether it be schoolchildren, other members of the public, the media or decision makers, is a genuinely important activity. CDB aims to promote public engagement work by encouraging our students, PIs and other lab members to participate in a range of activities, including open days, school talks, museum events and debates, for example ‘Pint of Science’ events held in pubs around the country.