Vaccines & Infectious Disease Public Engagement Day

Public engagement event to showcase Oxford research in vaccines and infectious disease

Friday 6th March 2015, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Public Engagment Event at the Oxford University Natural History Museum
Public Engagement Day 2014 (Photo by Rob Judges,

The Jenner Institute will be hosting the Opening Event for the Oxfordshire Science Festival, to be held at the University's renowned and beautiful Museum of Natural History.

The day will showcase cutting edge research in the fields of vaccination and global infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and Ebola.

The event is aimed at GCSE and A-level students and school groups and will feature a series of talks from experts in the field, including Oxford scientists and Jenner Investigators Prof Paul Klenerman, Dr Matthew Snape, Dr Sumi Biswas, Prof Helen McShane and Prof Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute and lead scientist of an Oxford-based Ebola vaccine trial.

The guest lecture will be delivered by Prof Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and co-discoverer of the Ebola virus. We will round up the day with a panel discussion, allowing attendees the opportunity to put any questions they may have to our experts. As well as featuring talks from leading scientists, the lunchtime session will be run as a mini science festival, allowing students to participate in hands-on activities, to chat to scientists from a range of backgrounds in our “Meet the Scientist” session and to find out about careers in science and opportunities for research placements.

Interested individuals/groups will need to register for the event (free of charge). Please contact for further information or assistance with registering large school groups. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day.

When: Friday March 6th 2015 (9.30-3.30pm)

Where: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

Who: GCSE, A-level students, teachers, patient groups, general public

More info on BSGCT site

The programme

The day is organised by Dr Lynda Coughlan, Jenner Institute Postdoctoral Researcher and public engagement representative. The event is held in partnership with British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT), British Society for Immunology (BSI) and the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centres (NIHR BRC). Financial support has been provided by a BSI Communicating Immunology Grant, NIHR BRC, Jenner Institute, BSGCT, Oxfordshire Science Festival and Oxford University Museum of Natural History.