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.

It connects researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

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


Learning and Training 

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 Courses and Conferences team funds, develops and delivers training and conferences that span basic research, cutting-edge biomedicine, and the application of genomics in healthcare. We work with globally-renowned scientists and healthcare professionals, and run events online, on the Campus, and in regional training hubs across Africa, Asia and Latin America, that aim to educate, inspire, and transform careers.

Find out more about our courses and conferences.

Engagement and Society

Engagement and Society

Connecting Science supports the engagement of global public audiences with the breadth of genomic science and its impact on society. We encourage conversations, ask for opinions, and empower researchers to share their experiences.

Our Public Engagement team supports sharing and discussion of the pioneering science that takes place on the Campus. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences, working with collaborators across research, education and culture. Our aim is to share ideas with diverse audiences and foster a community of engaged researchers.

Find out more about our public programmes and resources.

Our Society and Ethics Research team uses quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate the psychological, social and ethical impact of genomics. We are continually asking ‘How are people responding to genomics?’. We gather and share data on attitudes that is used to understand, communicate and improve human health.

Find out more about our research projects.

Hiring our venue

Hinxton Hall Conference Centre 

Many of Wellcome Connecting Science’s training and learning activities take place in the 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 with us.

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 the tranquil grounds of the Wellcome Genome Campus.

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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