Norwich Science Festival

20th October 2020

Quadram Institute researchers are joining colleagues from across the Norwich Research Park taking part in this years Norwich Science Festival

This year the Norwich Science Festival At Home brings you a mini-programme of science activities and talks into your home.

From 24th to 28th October, you’ll be able to explore everywhere from the depths of the oceans to outer space, and learn about creatures from the smallest bacteria to the biggest dinosaurs.

Free, online Lunchtime Lab sessions and evening talks from TV stars and Norwich Research Park scientists mean that there is something for all the family.

Check out the full programme to pick out your highlights

Quadram researchers are taking part in a number of sessions:

Monday 26th October, 7pm: Creative Collaboration: Bringing Science and the Arts Together

Hear how collaborations between science and the arts have helped scientists view their research from new perspectives.

Artist, NHS physiotherapist and recent Quadram Artist in Residence Jennie Pedley, and research scientist and passionate public engagement advocate Sarah Phillips join scientists and artists to discuss how they’ve been collaborating creatively to spark inspiration, give researchers new perspectives, and together engage the general public in science.

There will also be an interactive Q+A session hosted by Dr Jenni Rant and Prof Anne Osbourn from the SAW Trust.

Tuesday 27th October, 7pm: Clinical Trials: Involving Members of the Public in the Next Research Steps


Organised by QI’s Dr Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer Dr Rebecca Thompson, this panel discussion will explore clinical trials, where volunteers directly help with research. Find out about some of the trials that Norwich scientists have been involved in.  What are the challenges involved and why is volunteer participation in clinical trials so vitally important? Sarah Phillips will share her experience managing two current large clinical trials that hope to uncover the role of the microbiome in early life, and as we age, and Nancy Teng will talk about her PhD studentship working out the links between the microbiome and breast cancer. they will be joined by scientists and clinicians working on other clinical trials, which are vital for taking health research out of the laboratory and into practice.

Wednesday 28th October, 7pm: The Power of Collaboration: The Fight Against COVID-19

Dr Justin O’Grady joins a panel of researchers from across the Norwich Research Park who have been at the forefront of the battle agsainst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park’s response to the pandemic continues to be swift and well informed, providing expert care for the sick, increasing testing capability, developing diagnostic tools, mapping the virus and much more. Join our academics to learn how COVID-19 has impacted their work and lives, and how they continue to collaborate to find solutions to one of the greatest challenges to face humankind.



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