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Histon & Impington Infant School wins 2017/18 Science Image Award

Thirteen primary schools from Cambridge and the surrounding area have participated in this year’s Science Image Award.  The competition, part of the LMB’s Microscopes for Schools science outreach programme, aims to encourage scientific curiosity in children by connecting the microscopic world to everyday life.

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I’m a scientist, get me out of here!

‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ logo

This year as part of the annual MRC Festival of Medical Research, twenty-five scientists and support staff from across the MRC, including the LMB’s Claudia Bonfio, took part in ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here!’. This online public engagement event involved participants talking to school students from across the UK, answering students’ questions about medical science, their research, wider interests and much more, and participating in live text-based chats.

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Meet the LMBees

Honey bee at flowers outside LMB

The LMB has recently become home to 16,000 honey bees, representing two nucs (also known as nucleus colonies) which will form the basis of two new hives. The honey bee colony is the brainchild of the LMB’s Environmental Committee, a team of fourteen individuals who spearhead initiatives ranging from encouraging staff to use reusable coffee cups to providing advice about reducing energy consumption.

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Twelfth annual LMB CamAWiSE “What Next For Your Career In Science?” event

Yanlan Mao, Tanita Casci and Amanda Price

An audience of LMB staff and visitors from across Cambridge gathered in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre for the annual “What Next For Your Career In Science?” event. In its twelfth year of existence, the event, which is a collaboration between the LMB and the Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE) aims to showcase the diverse range of careers available to those trained in science.

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Lori Passmore hands on her Suffrage Science accolade to LMB alumnus Rebecca Voorhees

Suffrage Science awards

After two years holding the Suffrage Science scheme award, Lori Passmore has now passed her jewellery heirloom on to LMB alumnus, Rebecca Voorhees. Launched in 2011 by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, the Suffrage Science scheme celebrates women in science for their scientific achievement and for their ability to inspire others.

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Cambridge LIFE LAB project wins place in Europe’s largest public science event

Mighty Molecular Motors Exhibit at STEM in Song, March 2018

Five Cambridge science institutions including the LMB have won a bid to engage the local region with science as part of European Researchers’ Night, the largest public science event in Europe. LIFE LAB is one of four UK initiatives awarded funding from the European Commission. It will establish a programme of pop-up science events in shopping centres, cafes and music venues across Cambridgeshire on 28th September 2018 and again on 27th September 2019.

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Richard Henderson made Companion of Honour

Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours list, for services to electron microscopy of biological molecules.
The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded in 1917 by King George V and is awarded for a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.  The Order consists of the Sovereign and a maximum of 65 members.

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Nicola Smyllie joins forces with artist Dilek Özgit for Soapbox Science at Strawberry Fair

Nicola Smyllie participates in Soapbox Science at Strawberry Fair. Image courtesy of Nicola Smyllie.

Nicola Smyllie, postdoc in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, along with other leading female scientists from the region, showcased her science to the public, entertaining and captivating visitors at Strawberry Fair.
This year’s Cambridge Soapbox Science took on a new dimension with scientists partnered with artists with the aim of bringing difficult science concepts to the public in exciting, innovative and engaging ways.

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From marketing to logistics to speakers: LMB scientists take part in Cambridge Pint of Science

Pint of Science

Twelve LMB scientists, from PhD student to Group Leader, have taken part in this year’s Cambridge Pint of Science, an annual festival that brings brilliant scientists to local pubs to discuss their latest research. Ten venues across Cambridge were filled with scientific chatter and discussion for three days during May, with LMB scientists involved in the organisation, publicity and co-ordination of the events, and as speakers.

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Melina Schuh awarded the EMBO Gold Medal

Melina Schuh

Melina Schuh, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and former group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBO Gold Medal.
The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to scientists under the age of forty for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

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