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Katharine Cashman FRS and Emma Stibbon RA at Spike Island, Bristol in 2018.

Creative Connections: Portraits of Women Scientists and Artists

An exhibition of photographic portraits of female scientists and artists.

A robin, one of the the British species whose genome is being sequenced as part of the 25 genome Project.

Curious Nature and Open Lab visits

Sat 28 July 2018 - Sat 20 April

Wellcome genome Campus

The natural world around us is a curious place! Visit the Genome Gallery during one of the Wellcome Genome Campus Open Saturdays to explore our latest family-friendly exhibition, and discover how genome sequencing is helping us uncover much more about it.

Curious Nature explores the Wellcome Sanger Institute’s anniversary project to sequence the genomes of 25 species found in the UK. Humans have long sought to classify and interpret the natural world, to better understand how things are related to each other. Our ability to analyse the genetic information of all living things, encoded in their DNA, is enabling us to explore these similarities and differences in greater detail than ever before.

The species chosen have been organised in five categories: flourishing, floundering, iconic, dangerous and cryptic. They were nominated by a wide-ranging community of researchers, and five of them were chosen by schoolchildren from across the UK. The categories, and the species within them, help to build a picture of biodiversity in the UK, helping us to better know the environment we live in, and also to understand and tackle our impact upon it. Creating a reference genome is not an easy task but once created, it can be a powerful tool that can be used by a global community of researchers and conservationists.

During the Open Saturday you can also join a guide for a visit to Open Lab, an exciting new space on campus for you to discover more about our history and the cutting-edge research that happens here today. There are three visits between 1-4pm that are filled on a first come basis. Everyone is welcome, though we recommend Open Lab for ages 10 and up.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

When should I arrive?

The event is drop-in, and you can arrive at a time to suit you. Last admission to the campus is 3.30pm, and the event ends at 4pm.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you don't need to bring your ticket, as your name will be on our attendee list at the entrance.

Are refreshments available?

The event cafe will be open, selling a range of drinks and small snacks. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch with you too.

Enquiries: Public Engagement Website Email: engage@wellcomegenomecampus.org


All times

Sat 28 July 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 18 August 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 15 September 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 20 October 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 17 November 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Sat 15 December 2018 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 19 January 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 16 February 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 16 March 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sat 20 April 1:00PM - 4:00PM


Address: Wellcome genome Campus
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre
Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1RQ