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Dr Kaitlin Wade


Public engagement is a key aspect of research with which I love being involved, both in the organisation side and talking to the public, that has the aim of making seemingly complex scientific research more accessible and understandable. Whilst I have been involved with many projects throughout my research career, most recently, I have contributed to the organisation and running of the MRC Festival of Science (21st-22nd June 2016, 17th-25th June 2017 and 14th-24th June 2018), an art installation on the Human Genome called "The Data Mine" that we took to the Green Man Festival in August 2016 and collaborated with an artist during the Creative Reactions project in Bristol, 2018, which communicated the importance of the human gut microbiome to members of the public in an open gallery. I have also spoken to participants of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a population-based birth cohort from the Avon area, about The Genome and What We Do With It in 2016. Due to my public engagement activity, I won the Cancer Research UK Rising Star in Public Engagement award in 2017 (

I am continuousely invovled in public engagement activities and am part of the public engagement champions team at the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit.