We run a year-round calendar of activities for the local community We run a year-round calendar of activities for the local community

From our award-winning Mobile Family Science Lab to our well established bird ringing group, there is something for all the family to get involved with.

For information please follow the links below, or contact us.

BIO Community Activities:

Mobile Family Science Laboratory

The Mobile Family Science Laboratory is a project funded by the Wellcome Trust and directed by Kay Yeoman (BIO). We travel throughout Norfolk and provide science activities in the area of biomedical science for children and adults of all ages and abilities. We run science clubs and activity days for primary schools and more advanced workshops for secondary schools. We also run family science days such as ‘Cells Alive' held at the Forum in Norwich.

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UEA bird ringing group

Bird ringing provides a massive amount of important ecological data that can help inform both science and conservation (British Trust for Ornithology; BTO). At UEA we use ringing mainly as a training tool to enable students to get hands-on experience handling, measuring and tagging animals. It also allows students to train for a BTO ringing licence, an invaluable qualification sought after by many employers.
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Big C - Norfolk and Waveney's Cancer Charity

BIO has had a strong relationship with Big C, Norfolk and Waveney's own cancer charity for many years. Big C fund equipment, care, support and research for those affected by cancer in Norfolk and Waveney. Recent Big C funded research in BIO has included the regulation of epithelial cell function by the cancer-associated transmembrane protease matriptase awarded to Professor Vince Ellis and development of in vitro cell culture and computer simulation models for analyses of the role of APC in spindle orientation in normal and cancerous epithelial cells, awarded to Dr Mette Mogensen (BIO), Dr Scott Grandison (CMP) and Dr Paul Thomas (BIO).
BIO staff and students also help support the charity with fund raising events, such as parachute jumps. There are also frequent laboratory tours of BIO which can be arranged via Big C.
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Science Gossip Magazine

The School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic academic community involving a whole range of different disciplines. We wanted to bring together work and observations from staff and students in a revival of the Victorian publication "Science Gossip". Download the latest issue (pdf 1.2MB).

BIO is also involved in the following:

Science Outreach in Norfolk (SOIN)

Are you working in science communication and education in Norfolk? Do you need a speaker, would like to visit a science research centre or need help with a science event? Or do you have a general interest in science and want to find out what's going on near you? SOIN may be able to help.

Science Cafe

Norwich Science Cafe - informal discussion of science issues & ideas in a comfortable cafe setting - free admission & all welcome.

See Case Studies of some of our previous projects.

Community University Engagement:

UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact.  Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders.  You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website