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Engagement with night-time visitors to the Great North Museum

Talking about research in the Great North Museum after-hours

PEALS researcher, Ken Taylor, and his Portabolomics colleague Dr Emanuela Torelli, took part in the Great North Museum (GNM) European Researcher’s Evening on September 27th. 

The GNM opens its doors to visitors for an evening event at which University research is presented at stands at different points among the museum collections. There are also short presentations by the researchers.

Emanuela gave a short presentation on her DNA and RNA origami research and Ken talked about his work on responsible research and innovation. Both talks were well received, and the stand attracted attention from around a quarter of all the visitors.

Ken was successful in recruiting people interested in continuing conversations about synthetic biology and responsibility in focus groups to be run later this year.

This work was funded by Newcastle University’s HASS Faculty Impact Fund, the SAgE Faculty’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account and the Portabolomics project.


Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne

published on: 11 October 2019