For the first time ever in June last year, the Institute for Infection and Immunity opened its doors to invite the public to tour the institute’s research labs, talk to scientists working in them and hear about the pioneering research work taking place there.
Ten visitors heard about the latest developments in immunology and tuberculosis, the global impact of the institute’s clinical trials, using informatics to track antibiotic resistance and how plant biotechnology is being used to manufacture affordable medicines for developing countries.
In welcoming visitors to the institute, Professor Julian Ma, Director of the Institute for Infection and Immunity, spoke about the importance of community engagement, and the need for researchers and members of the public to meet to discuss what research is being undertaken at St George’s and why. The tour, which took just over two hours, was extremely well-received and generated many conversations about the research which formed part of the showcase.
Some feedback from the local residents included:
“St George’s University has been my find of the year. I’ve come to three Spotlight events and now this. I talk about your work to my friends all the time. You are truly inspirational and I feel so proud to live in Tooting where all this wonderful work is happening.”
“It was very interesting and I think a great idea to open to the public. I have never had this opportunity before. You should advertise it more widely.”
“Thank you, St George’s, for opening your doors and inviting people like me in. It is so nice to have an opportunity to find out about your work and to meet so many dedicated people who are obviously so passionate about their work.”
Open Lab Day was developed following the success of the institute’s annual open day for professional and administrative staff at St George’s, which is now in its fifth year.
If you are interested in attending for future events, please e-mail the Research Institute Manager.