Exploring genomics with Wellcome Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science is part of the same organisational family as the Wellcome Sanger Institute. It works closely with the Sanger Institute and other organisations on the Wellcome Genome Campus to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.

Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning, and measures and understands global attitudes and perspectives. It connects researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its relationship with people and the world around us.

The programme comprises a range of expertise across engagement, learning, research, and training, and is led by Professor Julian Rayner.

Learning and Training

Supporting learning and training for professional audiences is a key area of focus for Connecting Science. Our ambition is to create an international community of researchers and healthcare professionals, tackling global health challenges by applying and sharing the latest biomedical genomics research and practices.

Our Learning and Training offer spans basic research, cutting-edge biomedicine, and the application of genomics in healthcare. We fund, develop and deliver courses and conferences, working with globally renowned scientists and healthcare professionals. We deliver events online, on the Campus, and in regional training hubs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, which aim to educate, inspire, and transform careers.

Find out more about our courses and conferences

Engagement and Society  

Our work across Engagement and Society uses research and engagement methods to investigate the impact of genomics on people and communities. We listen, gather and share insights on public attitudes and experiences. We use this understanding to create innovative ways to discover how genomic science is relevant to our lives. We work with diverse global communities, learners, educators, and researchers.

Find out more about our public programmes and resources

Find out more about our research projects

Explore the diversity of career pathways into the field of genomics with our series of films and career profiles at https://www.yourgenome.org/tags/careers/

In 2022 we hosted a citizens’ jury consisting of 21 individuals whose lives have been affected by hereditary disease. The citizens’ jury considered the question: Are there any circumstances under which a UK Government should consider changing the law to allow intentional genome editing of human embryos for serious genetic conditions?

Hiring our venue

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre 

Many of Wellcome Connecting Science’s training and learning activities take place in Hinxton Hall Conference Centre, on the Wellcome Genome Campus. The Conference Centre is also available for corporate hire, so please get in touch if you’re interested in hosting your own event or meeting here.

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre boasts world-class event and meeting spaces designed for knowledge sharing in the scientific research community. It combines stunning contemporary architecture with the Grade II*- listed Hinxton Hall, offering flexible meeting rooms for 12 to 300, as well as accommodation and catering, all set in tranquil grounds.

Find out more about the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre


Got a question for Wellcome Connecting Science?

The Connecting Science Programme Office provides strategic oversight, project development, and marketing and communications support across the programme.

This is a good place to start! hello@wellcomeconnectingscience.org

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