Communicating science

Genomics is the application of a wide range of technologies to analyse and understand the genetic information within the genomes of humans and other organisms. The growing importance of genomics in mainstream healthcare and public health is accompanied by a wave of personal, societal and ethical implications which affect us all.

Our scientists reach out to different audiences to talk about their research and its implications for society.

 Sanger scientist at schools event

Sanger scientist at schools event


I'm a Scientist Get me out of here!

I'm a Scientist Get me out of here! is an online event that enables school students to talk online with scientists. It is an X factor style competition where the students vote for their favourite scientist. Julian Rayner of the Sanger Institute was the winner of the Argon Zone in 2011. You can read about his experience on his I'm a Scientist blog post.

Faculty members such as Darren Logan have taken part in I'm a Scientist in 2012.

Genome futures

Working with the I'm a Scientist team, we developed our own online event called Genome Futures as part of the Wellcome Trust's 75th anniversary celebrations. A group of 15 Sanger Institute scientists talked about their work with students from local schools over a period of two weeks.

TED lectures

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are a series of events where speakers from a range of backgrounds, including science, technology, business and the arts, provide a short presentation. Sanger Institute researcher Elizabeth Murchison spoke at the TED Global event in Edinburgh in 2011. Elizabeth is investigating a contagious cancer that is threatening to wipe out the Tasmanian devil. You can watch her talk at the TED Global website.


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


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