Experiencing Sanger science

We invite you to experience genomics research in the making and be party to the healthcare revolution. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a world leader in the generation, analysis, interpretation and understanding of genome sequences. It played a key role in one of the biggest collaborative science projects to date -the Human Genome Project (HGP). This project has revolutionised the way scientists across the world look at the role of our genes and genomes in human health and disease.

Today the Institute continues to be at the forefront of genomics research. Over the next decade our research will be translated into clinical applications and embedded in mainstream medicine. This will bring major advances but also ethical challenges to global health and lifestyle.

Visits to the Sanger Institute

You can experience what it's like to work in science and talk with top scientists behind today's leading genomics research. Get to see the large-scale facilities where we sequence DNA and the data centre where large volumes of data are stored and accessed by scientists from all over the world.

What would you like to experience?

Video resource: Sanger Visits

Groups of all interests are welcome to visit the Genome Campus. Our experience days attract school students, teachers, undergraduates, community groups and patient support groups. You may wish to tailor your visit to the interests of the group. Please suggest a theme when making a booking, some of the most popular themes for visits are:

  • The basics of DNA, genes and genomes
  • Genomes and genetic variation
  • The genetics of cancer
  • Human variation in health and disease
  • Microorganisms that cause human disease
  • Human populations and the origins of humans

Arranging a visit

To arrange a visit, please complete the booking enquiry form and email it to pubengage@sanger.ac.uk. We can only accept groups of 15-30 people. There is no charge for visiting the Institute but you will need to make your own travel arrangements. Please be aware that there is high demand for visits and we cannot guarantee that a visit can be organised.

Virtual Visits

You can organise a virtual visit for your school or university via our videoconferencing facilities. If you would like to find out more please fill out the videoconference enquiry form.


The Franklin Centre for Public Engagement
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus,
CB10 1SA

Phone: +44(0)1223 496995
Fax: +44(0)1223 494919

Email: pubengage@sanger.ac.uk

Please download an overview of the Public Engagement programme.

* quick link - http://q.sanger.ac.uk/bxcmnoqp