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Open Day 2017

On Saturday 17th June the LMB will be opening its doors to the public from 10am-4pm. There will be something for everyone: come along to try family-friendly hands-on activities, meet LMB scientists, see our world class laboratories and facilities and learn about our cutting-edge research. Use the drop-downs below to discover more about the amazing range of hands-on activities, tours and talks at the Open Day. There will also be free parking, and refreshments available.

Hands-on activities

See Your Cells

Use a microscope to see your own cells with the help of LMB scientists!

children looking at brain modelFrom mini-brains in a dish to big brains in our heads

Mammalian brains come in many shapes and forms – can you match pictures of animals and their brains? Look down a microscope and see the brain organoids – little brains growing in a dish – that LMB scientists use to study brain development.

Science Detective

See the amazing hidden details of plants and insects as you test your detective skills with our stereomicroscope challenge

people looking through microscopeWorms are cleverer than you think

Find out how our scientists use a tiny worm to understand how our neurons work, and what goes wrong in disease and aging.  Look at live worms under a microscope, learn to navigate like a worm, and how they use their senses, in our sweet finding game.

Mighty Molecular Motors

Discover the tiny machines that organise the insides of our cells. Make your own models of these motors using pipe cleaners and pompoms.

virus wars exhibitVirus Wars

Scientists at the LMB are working to understand more about how viruses work and how the human immune system deals with them – with the goal of helping to find new treatments. Join us to find out more about viruses and antibodies and take part in our containment chamber challenge!

DNA and Ubiquitin

Play our games and discover why shape is so important in biology. There will be puzzles, Lego, colouring in…

pipetting gameGood viruses, bad viruses, and the evolution of sex

Learn from scientists about their research into viruses – how viruses can be ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and how components of viruses have enabled the evolution of sexual reproduction in biology.

Size a protein

Select a protein sample and discover what it is using our light scattering machine – you’ll get a print out of the results to keep. Learn why this technique is so critical to research at the LMB.

young boy with pipetteFamily-friendly wet lab

DNA is a component of all living things, and the information encoded in DNA is used to make proteins. Dress up as a scientist and extract DNA from bananas and strawberries. Try purifying proteins using chromatography.

Nobel Treasure Hunt

Follow our special trail to track down pictures and information on some of the LMB’s Nobel prize winners. Anyone filling in all the Treasure Hunt questions correctly will win a prize!

Visualising Science: From Pencil to Computer

Explore the changing way science has been portrayed, from the early days of the MRC Unit in the 1950s to the current day, and see how developments in technology have enabled LMB scientists to illustrate and explain their discoveries to a wider audience. Discover items from the LMB Archive and Visual Aids Department as you walk through the LMB atrium.


Neurobiology Lab Tours

Cell Biology

The LMB’s Cell Biology Division aims to understand how cells and tissues are organised, and how this goes awry in disease. These questions are being addressed using yeast, fruit flies, nematode worms and mice, as well as tissue culture. Join one of the interactive Cell Biology tours to see a cross-section of work in the Division and chat to our scientists.


Come into our open labs, talk to scientists and learn about their fascinating science. Find out about circadian clocks – are you a night owl or a morning lark? Discover how LMB scientists are aiming to tackle neurodegenerative diseases.


Signalling pathways in cancer and the chemical origin of life: come on a tour of the PNAC division. Visit the labs and learn about the research of five different labs through bite-size presentations.

PNAC Lab Tours

Structural Studies

Learn about one of three techniques that scientists in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division use to identify the structure of proteins: cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography and NMR. Follow a protein through the process of having its structure solved.

Building Services

See the mechanical and electrical systems that support the LMB’s science, including the Energy Centre, Interstitial Service Voids, Air Handling Units and Underground Service Tunnels.

Additional mini tours

PNAC Lab Tours

Little but mean: cellular immunity to bacteria

Find out how your cellular defenses protect against invading bacteria. Watch videos of cells and bacteria fighting!

Worms and sneezes

Enter an immunology lab which is working to understand immunity and asthma. See models of giant parasitic worms – yes, they really can grow this big! See what happens during an immune response against worms, and during an asthma attack.

How to catch a cheat

Stem cells and robots

Go on a guided tour of the Stem Cell and Genotyping labs. See stem cells under the microscope, discover how genotyping machines work and how they are important in lab forensics.

Come sort with me

Explore the fascinating world of flow cytometry, with a tour of the Flow Cytometry laboratory, and explanations on how a cell sorter works. Have a go at making sort decisions yourself with our colour-sorter game.


Fun with diffraction and molecules

In this interactive talk see diffraction patterns from real life – can you guess what pattern an object will create? Discover how diffraction patterns have been so important for uncovering the structure of tiny things biology.

More to be announced…


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