LifeLab is Coming! Join Us in September to Make New Discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries. In our area, right now, people are finding ways to personalise medicine for each patient, they’re measuring how obesity could affect your children, and discovering new ways to help our bodies fight disease and much more.

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September are your chance to make your own breakthroughs, when LifeLab will transform shopping centres, cafes, bars and public spaces around Ely, into discovery zones for all ages. For these two days, the people making these discoveries (researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, the Babraham Institute, the University of Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology) will be popping up all across the local area to share what they’ve found with you. And the best part is, most of it is free! 

In Ely, LifeLab is bringing Ely Cathedral to life with a whole host of science fun for all the family! On Friday 27th September (7pm – 9.30pm), LifeLab will be transforming the Cathedral into a discovery zone. Tackle a science-themed Escape Room, get some temporary biology-themed body art, explore the wonders of the microscopic world and see another side of our region’s researchers in LifeLab’s Stories from Science exhibition. 

On Saturday 28th September (10am – 4.30pm), we’ll be in the LifeLab marquee on Cross Green, offering an expanded range of interactive activities: explore the latest in DNA sequencing, extract some DNA of your own, and find out how the earliest life forms arose.

There will be activities to appeal to all tastes and ages; whether you like to get hands-on, browse an exhibit, or enjoy a chat, there’s something for you, your friends, and family. Above all, there will be plenty of chance for you to share your opinions and ideas as you chat to the people making exciting discoveries happen. For a taste of what to expect, watch the short video summarising LifeLab 2018 at

If this information leaves you wanting to know more, follow @camlifelab on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates. In the meantime, and for more details about LifeLab (including the Cambridge and Peterborough programmes), please visit

LifeLab is brought to you using funding from the European Commission. It’s part of European Researcher’s Night, an annual celebration bringing science together with society, that happens in countries across Europe on the last weekend of September. Join our celebration of the globally-leading research that is happening in our region, learn something new and perhaps see another side of science. We welcome you to LifeLab 2019 and look forward to seeing you there!

Press release & Photo credits: LifeLab

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