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September 2016

Open Labs: Behind the Scenes of Manchester Science

(1 September 2016)

At the end of July, as part of the Science in the City Festival, the University held ‘Open Labs: Behind the Scenes of Manchester Science’, a unique opportunity for members of the public to experience what goes on in science labs in each of the three Faculties across the University. 

Taking place over two days, delegates who were attending the EuroScience Open Forum conference, their families and our local community were welcomed to the working laboratories which showcased some of the world-leading research currently being undertaken. Uptake was phenomenal with over 1100 people attending more than 90 tours across 26 different labs and buildings, with resoundingly positive engagement on social media. Read the Open Labs Storify for a flavour of what took place. 

Attendees could get involved with a variety of different activities which included visiting the Geography labs in the Arthur Lewis Building to make their own ‘Gak’ (a mixture of washing power and water) to measure glacial ice movement or take part in activities centred on the Virtual Vivarium. Over 200 people took part in the Geography activities overall. 

Given this success and as part of the University’s Social Responsibility Strategy around Engaging our Communities, it is intended that there will be more similar activities in the future. This will provide great opportunities for our local community to see what takes place behind more of the Humanities spaces at the University.