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Synthetic Biology Opens Doors

photos from Doors Open

This year, Doors Open was even bigger and better than last as we welcomed over 200 visitors to the Roger Land Building on Saturday 23rd September to find out more about the great science we do within its walls.

As part of the national Door’s Open weekend, staff from SynthSys, and this year’s Edinburgh undergraduate iGEM team, came along to engage the public with some of the great projects ongoing across the Centre and School of Biological Sciences. Children had an opportunity to engineer their own fuzzy felt engineered bacteria, watch how bacteria can clean up dirty water, and how robots can take the pain out of pipetting!

We were particularly delighted to welcome members of the Colouring Outside the Lines group of autistic girls interested in STEM subjects. They came for a private viewing before the opening to the general public and asked some very challenging questions.

The University constructed the Roger Land Building in the 1960s to house the Animal Research Organisation. The architect, Sir Basil Spence, is better known for his modernist design of Coventry Cathedral destroyed during the Second World War.

The Roger Land Building has since housed the Institute for Stem Cell Research and has recently been renovated to house researchers from the School of Biological Sciences including the hub for the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.