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Public engagement

Here at MRC Harwell, we consider public engagement to be an essential part of our work, and strive to communicate our research to people of all ages.

MRC Harwell takes pride in its public engagement, and is involved in a wealth of internal and external events throughout the year to bring our science to the public. We have a special teaching laboratory and engagement rooms, and a dedicated team of STEM ambassadors to help run our activities and events. You can come along to see us at local events, take a tour of our facilities or get involved in group visits and events on site. As well as taking part in a variety of public events, we have visits throughout the year from school groups, children's clubs, sixth-form students and adults.

The MRC is a government funded organisation, and our research could not happen without the money we get from the UK taxpayer. We therefore feel that we have a responsibility to show people how we are using their money to increase our knowledge of debilitating conditions such as hearing loss, type 2 diabetes and dementia, and how this can be used to facilitate the development of new therapies and treatments.

We always ensure that our events allow a two-way dialogue, so that we don't just tell you what we do, but also listen to what you have to say. We do this by allowing plenty of time for questions and setting up discussions and debates. We aim to make all our events enjoyable and interesting, whoever they are for. Please see the sidebar for more information on our public engagement, or check out our upcoming events section for a list of what's happening in the coming weeks and months.