Public Engagement Lectures

PELWe established the GENIE Public Engagement Lecture series  in 2010 with the aim of making genetics and modern biomedical science simpler to understand. The lectures are designed to be informative, entertaining and very accessible to non-scientists.With increasing emphasis being placed on engagement between science and the wider public, these events provide a fantastic opportunity to communicate cutting edge research directly to a local audience, to interact with them and hear their thoughts and questions.
There are two events each year, one in the spring and another in the autumn.  Generally, we either have one or two speakers who each give a talk on the area of their research interest, taking questions afterwards. A drinks reception follows, which facilitates more informal discussion. We always try to keep in mind that public engagement is a two-way street, that listening to our audience is as important as speaking and that they are active participants in the event.
The Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the University’s Henry Wellcome building, opened in 2006, provides an excellent modern venue. With a seating capacity of 130, it is big enough to meet demand for places, but small enough to generate an intimate atmosphere and a nice ‘buzz’.  
Feedback, both informal and measured by questionnaires, has been hugely positive. Some of the comments from attendees are given below:


‘incredibly interesting and informative.’

‘The University of Leicester deserves kudos for setting an example to other institutions that it is possible to engage the public with science and do it well too!’

‘These lectures gave me a brilliant insight into genetics... By gaining a better understanding of genetics, and grasping new concepts, I am further enthused to continue researching information about genetics.‘

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