Previous public engagement
Pride in STEM/LGBT STEM Day
5 July 2019
Kirk Taylor, Helen Johnson and Mike Cox were involved in an event at the Bedford pub where nine speakers talked about their research and their experience of being LGBTQ+ in science.
Great Exhibition Road Festival
29 and 30 June 2019
Jorge Bernardino de la Serna collaborated with William Perkin High School to showcase a project about air pollution and respiratory health.
Katie Bonner and Helen Stoelting, along with other researchers from the Breathing Together project, facilitated Whoosh Crackle Pop, a free play workshop about breathing for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups.
Neil Dufton presented his project I Cell involving hands on games as a visual way to communicate science. Neil was joined by Charis Pericleous, Oisin King, Robert Maughan, Emy Bossebouf, Elham Shamsaei, Gaye Saginc Giannoustas, Kelly De-Coteau, Courtney Chatterton-Bartley, Claire Peghaire, Karen Frudd, Graeme Birdsey and Anna Randi.
Neil also gave a talk titled 'A Day in the Life of a Cell Biologist' as part of the festival programme.
Sian Harding, Alice Francis, Tom Owen, Jinata Subba, Olivia Hernandez-Cruz, Particia Chaves Guerrero, Natasha Richmond, Prag Pandey, Jose Sanchez, Sam Kit-Anan and Qasim Majid showcased research into engineered heart tissue and their collaboration with artists from Chisenhale Studios.
Yakinthi Chrisochoidou, Bill Cookson, Clara Domingo Sabugo, Lauren Headley, Long Hoang, Amit Mandal, Maija Maskuniitty, Miriam Moffatt, Anca Nastase, Anthony Newman-Taylor, Michael, Olanipekun, Sanjay Popat and Dennis Zhang from the National Centre for Mesothelioma Research delivered their stand How Does Asbestos Cause Cancer? in collaboration with Mesothelioma UK.
Pint of Science
20-22 May 2019
Alice Francis, Lene Gruscheski, Benjamin Reilly-O'Donnell, Pamela Swiatlowska and Peter Wright organised Pint of Science at The Princess Victoria pub with 10 speakers over three nights including Martin Cowie and Sonia Nielles-Vallespin.
Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Bugs and Breath
17 April 2019
Mike Cox spoke about his research into the microorganisms in our lungs and how he applies this knowledge to help tackle respiratory diseases.
Imperial Lates: Wonder Women
7 March 2019
Sara Rankin engaged audiences with how drugs work using the Medicine Cabinet installation from The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.
Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch: Lungs
19 September 2018
Clare Lloyd spoke about her research into what causes asthma, particularly in very young children. She discussed why pollen and dust trigger reactions in some people but not others, and how can we prevent and treat asthma.
28 29 April 2018
Andy Bush, Clare Lloyd, Sejal Saglani, Maria Zarcone, Morag Zelisko, Faith Uwadiae, Simone Walker, Lisa Gregory and James Harker collaborated with Okido to deliver the Breathing Together Family Festival.
Neil Dufton presented his project I Cell along with Charis Pericleous, Oisín King, Victoria Kalna, Robert Maughan, Emy Bosseboeuf, Karen Frudd, Graeme Birdsey and Anna Randi.
12 February 2018
On 12 February Sara Rankin and a group of master's students on the MSc Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells course hosted an all day workshop entitled “the future of biomedical sciences” for 40 black and minority ethnic (BME) students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds from across London. The event was run as one of Generating Genius’s masterclasses. Generating Genius is a charity set up by Tony Sewell that supports talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their potential in STEM. Read a full report on the NHLI blog.
Exhale & Exchange 3
13 December 2017
Mike Cox and Sara Rankin attended the third Exhale & Exchange workshop at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. The event used playful and experimental poetry techniques to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by Caleb Parkin.
Focus Group: Let's Talk About Tuberculosis
9 December 2017
Ishita Marwah, Mica-Tolosa-Wright, Aime Boakye, Luis Berrocal-Almanza, Alice Halliday, Tereza Masonou and Gulfer Yakici led a 15-person strong focus group where audiences from the White City Area met with community-based translators for the screening of translated versions of an animated film about latent TB, and discussions about how to use the animation best to raise awareness and uptake of latent TB testing and treatment.
Imperial Fringe: Walking in the Air
5 December 2017
Aarash Saleh delivered the The Virus Hustle.
20 and 21 September 2017
The 2eMPower programme ran its first STEM workshops for twice-exceptional (2e) students (students that are both gifted and have a learning disability - e.g. dyslexia, ADHD, or Aspergers). The aim of these workshops is to encourage 2e students by developing their self-efficacy and teaching them how to harness their strengths to enable them to achieve their full potential. Ultimately, our mission is to inspire and enable more 2e students to become a valued part of the STEM workforce in the 21st Century. Read more about the event on the Imperial news website.
Unity Festival, Bromley-by-Bow
27 July 2017
Aime Boakye, Helen Piotrowski and Mica Tolosa-Wright screened an animation about latent TB at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, an innovative community organisation working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK, with a high incidence of TB.
Blood Lines at the Royal Society
4 July 2017
Neil Dufton and textile artist Rachael Pilston presented Blood Lines at the Royal Society as part of the Summer Science Exhibition 2017. They were joined by our researchers Viktoria Kalna, Claire Peghaire, Linda Inuabasi, Koval Smith, Josefin Jansson, Koralia Paschalaki, Oisin King, Graeme Birdsey, Anna Randi.
Exhale & Exchange 2
16 June 2017
Kylie Belchamber, Leah Cuthbertson, Aime Boakye and Sharon Carney attended the second Exhale & Exchange workshop held at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. The event used collage and mark making to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by illustrator Grace Holliday.
Exhale & Exchange 1
1 June 2017
Claire McBrien, Mike Cox, Leah Cuthbertson, Sarah Dwyer, Adam Lewis, Ishita Marwah, Miriam Moffatt, Liz Starren and Mica Tolosa-Wright attended the first in a series of experimental workshops held at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. Bringing together respiratory researchers, people affected by lung conditions and their carers, and visitors to Wellcome Collection, the event used voice and sound as a way to exchange experience, stories and knowledge about breathing and lung health. The workshop was facilitated by Phoene Cave.
6-7 May 2017
Naoko Atsumi, Nora Clarke, Helena Lund-Palau, Isaac Martin, Ronan Murphy, Katerina Pilou, Aarash Saleh, Wynne Smith and Nicole Westrupp delivered The Virus Hustle.
Chrystalla Constantinou, Andrea Massaia, Michela Noseda, Sara Samari collaborated with illustrator and artist Grace Holliday to deliver Haystack in a Heart Cell.
Alice Halliday, Ishita Marwah, Mica Tolosa-Wright, Aime Boakye, Tereza Masonou and Luis Berrocal-Almanza delivered activities about TB and screened their short animated film about latent TB infection.
Science in Store
28 January 2017
Joseph Boyle, Neil Dufton, Sian Harding, Nicola Hellen, Michela Noseda, Michael Schneider, Koval Smith and Matthew Turley discussed cardiac and vascular research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Shop in Ealing and delivered lego blood vessel building activities, DIY Heart Cells and a 'Heart Hunt' treasure hunt around the furniture store for the third Science in Store event in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.
Read more on the Science in Store events.
Science in Store
24 November 2016
Neil Dufton and Viktoria Kalna discussed vascular research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical Shop in Ealing and delivered a lego 'build a blood vessel' activity for the second Science in Store event in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.
Science in Store
29 October 2016
Marta Abreu Paiva, Jennifer Furman and Nicola Hellen discussed heart research over tea and biscuits with visitors to the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical shop in Ealing for the first event of Science in Store in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.
New Scientist Live
22 September 2016
Claire Poulet collaborated with Sophie Pendrell from Technology Will Save Us to deliver DIY Heart Cells for New Scientist Live at London's Excel Centre.
Sonya Babu-Narayan, Su-lin Lee, Jennifer Keegan and Julia Coffey delivered Navigate the Heart.
3 August 2016
Tankut Guney ran a tutorial called The High Altitude Game as part of Imperial Outreach's summer school for 6th form pupils. The game was originally devised with Dr James Moss and Dr Saleh for first year medical students.
Read about Tank's experience on the NHLI blog.
I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here!
13 - 23 June 2016
Kylie Belchamber took part in I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! an X Factor-style competition where school students are the judges and are able to ask scientists anything they want. Kylie took part in the Cell Zone and came third.
7 - 8 May 2016
Marta Abreu Paiva, Kylie Belchamber, Aime Boakye, Joseph Boyle, Mike Cox, Lareb Dean, Margarita Gorodezky, Mozhgon Jeddi, Verdiana Martello, Kirsty Meldrum, Stef Piatek, Ryan Robinson, Adi Sharanya, Natalia Smoktunowicz, Mica Tolosa-Wright and Elena Turek delivered activities from The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.
Darius Armstrong-James’ team were in the Superbug Zone which brought together researchers working on antimicrobial resistance, microbiology and diseases such as malaria. Read about NHLI at the Imperial Festival.
The Heart and Lung Convenience Store
19 October - 1 November 2015
Over 90 scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute collaborated with designers Chris Faulds, Annie Bowers, Rob Harris, Emily Briselden-Waters, Sean Turner and performer James Harvey on The Heart and Lung Convenience Store.
British Heart Foundation stall, Santander Breakthrough Box Live Event
22 September 2015
Claire Poulet delivered DIY Heart Cells at the Santander Breakthrough Box Live Event as part of the British Heart Foundation stall.
Einstein's Garden, The Green Man Festival
21-23 August 2015
Claire Poulet and Magda Kloc collaborated with Sophie Pendrall from Technology Will Save Us to take DIY Heart Cells to Einstein's Garden at the Green Man Festival as part of The Mad Hackers Tea Party.
7 June 2015
Jill Johnson ran a one-day workshop entitled Synapse with the Girl Guides and the British Society for Immunology. In biology, a synapse is where two cells come together and communicate with each other. In the same way, this workshop brought girls aged 10-17 together with scientists for a day full of science communication, fun and learning.
Synapse allowed the girls to experience immunology through hands-on activities in the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College London as well as through direct engagement with scientists currently working at the university.
The day was a great success, with 30 participants and eight contributing scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute. This event was designed to foster interest in science in general and immunology in particular, at an especially important time for girls as they select their GCSE and A levels subjects.
9-10 May 2015
Elena Turek and Mike Cox collaborated with textile designer Racheal Pilston to create Microbiome Home, an interactive installation about the lung microbiome and the interactions between different microbial species. The activity was also delivered by Stef Piatek, Hima Anbunathan, Ernie Wong, Adam Januszewski, Phil James, Simon Brill and Verdiana Martello.
Claire Poulet collaborated with Sophie Pendrell from design and education company Technology Will Save Us to develop DIY Heart Cells, a workshop using elecro dough to make conductive cardiomyocytes. The activity was also delivered by Nicola Hellen, Tom Owen, Magda Kloc, Viola Kooji and Edit Gara.
Your Future Your Ambition
5 March 2015
Sarah Bowling, Nicola Hellen, Ryan Robinson and Matt Tranter told inspirational stories about how they became a scientist at this careers event for school students.
30 October 2014
Like last year, tens of volunteers across the department came together to deliver the NHLI Bring Your Child to Work Day which is part of the department's Athena SWAN initiative.
How to Catch Flu
Peter Openshaw and researchers from MOSAIC collaborated with artist Steven Appleby and filmmaker Pete Bishop to deliver How to Catch Flu, a short animated film about the flu virus. Read more about the project here
The Heart and Lung Repair Shop
7-20 July 2014
Over 60 scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute collaborated with designers Annie Bowers, Chris Faulds, Andrew Friend and Joe Pochciol on Hammersmith’s first pop-up science shop, The Heart and Lung Repair Shop.
Natural History Museum - Universities Week
9-10 June 2014
Neil Dufton, Jill Johnson, John-Poul Ng-Blichfeldt, Dina Pospori, Sara Rankin, Carolyn Webb and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston and performer Jenni Jackson to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas.
9-10 May 2014
Gaynor Campbell and Natasha Gunawardana created the Snot Doctors exhibit.
Peter Openshaw and researchers from MOSAIC collaborated with artist Steven Appleby and filmmaker Pete Bishop to deliver How to Catch Flu, an interactive stall about the flu virus.
Joe Boyle, Neil Dufton, Jill Johnson, Lourdes Osuna Almagro, Luke Payne Dina Pospori, Sara Rankin, Daniel Reed, Anusha Seneviratne, Aarti Shah, Koval Smith, Carolyn Webb and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston and performer Jenni Jackson to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas, plus a programme of short talks about relevant research.
The Crick Institute Science Museum Late
26 February 2014
Neil Dufton, Evie Maifoshie, Stefania Mataragka, Sarah Mazi, Nura Mohamed, Hara Nikolakopoulou, Luke Payne, Dina Pospori, Anna Randi, Sara Rankin, Daniel Reed, Jill Johnson, Anusha Seneviratne, Aarti Shah, Koval Smith and Suet-Ping Wong collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston, installation designer Andrew Friend and performer Lynne Forbes to deliver (Bioengineered) Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by vascular biology and the vascularisation of bioengineered tracheas.
Imperial Fringe: Fluid Thinking
12 December 2013
Neil Dufton, Dina Pospori, Anna Randi, Lourdes Osuna Almagro, Aarti Shah and Koval Smith collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston to deliver Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by the vascular system.
28 October 2013
Many NHLI researchers participated in this event, including Antonia Solomon, Evie Maifoshie, Hara Nikolakopoulou, Anusha Seneviratne and Kyasha Sri Ranjan who delivered Heart On Your Hand. And Kylie Belchamber, Ceri Davies, Amy Day, Tank Guney, Rebecca Holloway and Adam Loveridge who delivered Bronchial Biscuits, Balloon Breathing & Snotty Sputum Smoothies.
Various exhibitions from 10 December 2011 to 30 September 2013 at venues including the Science Museum (London), Centre of the Cell (London), Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester), The Bluecoat (Liverpool) and Royal Albert Museum (Exteter).
Sara Rankin collaborated with Artist Gina Czarnecki to create a magical sculpture using donations of milk teeth from the public.
Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum
27 September 2013
Sonya Babu-Narayan, Julia Coffey, Sabine Ernst, Yen Ho and Jenny Keegan presented Navigate the Heart. And Evie Maifoshie, Anusha Seneviratne, Andia Redpath and Vanessa Garcia Larsen delivered Heart On Your Hand.
Generation R at the Science Museum
11 September 2013
Antonia Solomon, Evie Maifoshie and Anusha Seneviratne deliver Heart on Your Hand with the Medicines for Children Research Network's Young People's Advisory Group.
Einstein's Garden, The Green Man Festival
15-18 August 2013
Neil Dufton and John-Poul Blichfeldt collaborated with textile designer Rachael Pilston to create Blood Lines, a participatory knitted installation inspired by the vascular system.
3-4 May 2013
Sara Rankin, Sian Harding, Pallavi Patel, Samir Akthar, Thanushiyan Poolbalasingam, John-Poul Blichfeldt, Antonia Solomon, Nicola Hellen, Suet Wong, Dina Pospori, Cheryl Lai, Natasha Strydom, Jessica Vasiliou, Peter Wright, Claire Morgan, Susanne Satler, Will Wright, Patrizia Camelliti and Daniel Stuckey manned the NHLI stall in the Research Zone at the Imperial Festival.
Imperial Fringe: Cutting close to the bone
29 November 2012
Sara Rankin, Maryam Mehrabi, Suet-Ping Wong and Dina Pospori brought bone marrow and STEM cell biology to Imperial Fringe.
Imperial Fringe: The science behind our fears
25 October 2012
Sian Harding, Peter Wright and Matthew Tranter engaged the audience with a hands-on heart dissection activity.
And Mary Morrell, Martin Glasser, Lydia Paniccia, Julia Kelly, Annette Woods and Luxumi Sridharan engaged people with the physiology of sleep.
Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum
28 September 2012
Jill Johnson, Tariq Fellous and Kate Gowers gave demonstrations of DNA extraction using strawberries.
11-12 May 2012
Louise Donnelly made mucus using jelly and milk at the NHLI Research Zone stand.
If you work at NHLI and you have been involved in a previous public engagement activity that you would like to be included on this page, please send the title, date/s, a short description and a photo to Ellen Dowell.