MRC Festival of Medical Research

Find out more about The Medical Research Council's national celebration of medical research.

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The annual MRC Festival of Medical Research was launched by the Medical Research Council in June 2016.

The Festival aims to showcase medical research and how it can benefit society, while building trust and improving understanding among the public.

MRC Festival 2018

MRC Science Fair

Join us for all the fun of the fair as we celebrate the MRC Festival of Medical Research by hosting a science-themed funfair at DEPOT.

We've adapted some traditional favourites to reflect our areas of research, including hook-a-duck, play your cards right, mini-golf and giant jenga.

There are prizes to be won, amazing street food (free!) and the opportunity to speak to the team about our research and how you can get involved.

In the Speakeasy, you can hear some of our scientists present their latest research in an insightful and engaging way. Don't worry, we avoid death by PowerPoint and you won't need to be a scientist yourself to enjoy them!

Find out more about this event and get your free ticket.

Past events

During the MRC Festival in 2016, we hosted a number of events, including:

  • a screening of Inside Out followed by brain games for the children of Fairwater Primary School
  • an MRC SciSCREEN special of The Machinist, followed by talks from researchers including Gemma Williams (psychosis) and Katie Lewis (sleep and mental health).

We also took part in a genetics-themed #PNDHour on Twitter to raise awareness of research in perinatal mental health.

In 2017 we hosted Psychosis: A journey of hope and discovery, an evening with prominent mental health campaigners, Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn, where we explored the latest research in psychiatric genetics and the battle against stigma.

Watch Jonny and Neil's talk

Watch Jonny and Neil's talk