We attend events to raise awareness about the work that we do and discover what the public think about our work. We exhibit at all kinds of festivals which can be general interest or science specific, county shows and farm shows, as well as attending events where stakeholders such as farmers can engage with us.
Festivals and shows
We attend science festivals at which the visitors already tend to have an interest in science, they are invited into the world of various science exhibits and are encouraged to ask as many questions as they want. We have previously attended festivals such as The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, Diamond Light Source Open Days and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) exhibitions, where our scientists enjoy interacting with the public and explaining what they do. We have also exhibited our 'Flu Fighters' interactive model at the Royal Society Summer Science Show, 2015. You can see a short video about our stand below.
We also attend non-science shows such as the Surrey County Show, Cranleigh Show and the Pirbright Scarecrow Festival engage with the public on the kind of research we do at the Institute. Our aim is to enthuse people about science and demonstrate how science can be applied to many different fields.
Farmers are a key stakeholder group and we attend events such as the Pig and Poultry Fair, National Sheep Association major annual event, Livestock Show, and Beef Expo to speak to them about the effects of the viral diseases we study and the research we are undertaking to combat these devastating diseases. We also offer advice on any current disease outbreaks.
Featuring the Royal Society Summer Science 2015 Exhibition, video production by Red Banana.