Campus Open Day at The Roslin Institute

By Nicola Stock, The Roslin Institute

October’s Easter Bush Campus Open Day, run in partnership with the Midlothian Science Festival, welcomed over 420 visitors to The Roslin Institute and the Teaching Building of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Both buildings were packed with activities created and run by our scientists, vets and students and the afternoon was a great success, with many visitors suggesting that the one thing that would improve the event would be to open for longer!

Visitors to the Roslin Institute Building had almost twenty research-themed activities to choose from, including discovering the fantastic world of fluorescence in our state-of-the-art Bioimaging facility, dip-dyeing chicken eggs to examine their cuticle and taking a guided tour of the Institute building. Our scientists were also keen to show off their creative side, with visitors getting the chance to make and take home everything from chromosomes and bacteria to farmyard animals.

Professor David Hume, Director of The Roslin Institute who welcomed visitors on the day commented “This year’s Campus Open Day was another great success, with particularly large numbers of families with children who spent the entire afternoon in the Institute. Open days are important for our interactions with the public who ultimately support most of our work and they also provide a great opportunity for our scientists to improve their communication skills. A good time is always had by all.”

The Campus Open Day was one of the opening events of the 2015 Midlothian Science Festival and researchers from The Roslin Institute took part in a range of other events during the two week festival including a science-themed cycle ride and community-based science gala days, working with local groups and colleagues from the School of Biological Sciences and across the University of Edinburgh.