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Public engagement

Three gamers wear goggle which affect their visual field, while three opponents try to confuse them with hand gestures
Optical illusion goggles confuse players at Brain Night.

We offer a wide range of engagement activities to help explain the most fascinating aspects of our brain research.

Our dedicated public engagement team works with researchers to host numerous events throughout the year, as well as online activities which you can get involved in from the comfort of your own home.

Explore our previous events.

Fireside Science


Fireside Science (Gwyddoniaeth wrth y tân) is a Wellcome Trust funded public engagement project that aims to promote open dialogue and mutual understanding between non-clinical NHS staff and academic scientists in Wales. The project is a collaboration between researchers at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.

Wellcome Trust

Welsh NHS staff are a vital link between the kinds of projects funded by the Wellcome Trust and translational outcomes in the clinic. However, 37,000 non-clinical Welsh NHS staff are not directly involved in research and may question any investment therein when the NHS is often considered to be under-resourced.

This project draws on the traditional Welsh culture of storytelling, using it as a means to facilitate conversations between non-clinical NHS staff and scientists about their working lives. The focus of this project is to highlight the commonalities of life in research and life in the NHS, with the potential to foster future relationships.

Participants will take part in a half-day virtual workshop which will teach transferable communication and storytelling skills. This will culminate in a series of conversational podcasts being recorded for wider dissemination.

If you have questions or would like to get involved please get in contact with:

Fireside Science

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You can help research into brain conditions by looking at brain scans.

Researchers are working to improve human health and wellbeing using brain scans, such as MRI scans, which can help us to study conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia.

We would like your help to tell us which images haven’t turned out right.

A colourful image of a part of the brain called the fornix taken by an MRI scanner
This is what a good fornix tractography image looks like from the top. Help us choose the best images for our brain research.