Cathedral Lab

LifeLab event - Cathedral Lab (Ely)

Friday 27 September | 6.30pm – 9.30pm | Exhibition, drop-in, hands-on, talks, for adults, for kids | All ages | Free

We’re bringing Ely Cathedral to life with a whole host of science fun for all the family! We’ll have something for everyone with hands-on activities and bite-size talks. See if you can beat our Cell Escape Room and find out how long you need to pedal to burn off the calories from a sugar cube. Explore Stories from Science to discover the personalities, work, passions and quirks of the people behind the science.

Venue: Ely Cathedral

Location: Ely, CB7 4DL

Date: Friday 27 September

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Age: All ages

Event Type: Exhibition, drop-in, hands-on, talks, for adults, for kids

Cost: Free

Booking info: Drop-in

We’re bringing Ely Cathedral to life with a whole host of science fun for all the family!  We’ll have something for everyone with hands-on activities and bite-size talks. See if you can beat our Cell Escape Room and chat with scientists as you get yourself a cell biology tattoo. You’ll also be able to explore the microscopic world of biology and find out how long you need to pedal to burn off the calories from a sugar cube. Through all this we’ll also be highlighting some of the fantastic opportunities bioscience in our county has to offer. So come along and see what science can offer you.

A Recipe for Primordial Life: The origin of life is among the greatest unsolved mysteries in science. Join our scientists who are delving into the primordial soup, building the first biomolecules, and assembling the very first cells that kicked off biology.

Sequencing in a suitcase – LIVE: Find out about the latest advances in DNA sequencing – technology that can read DNA. See DNA sequencing happening in front of your eyes and join us as we think about the big questions - where would you take a portable sequencer? Would you want to have your DNA sequenced? Who should have access to data from our DNA?

Cellular Machines in 3D: A Resolution Revolution in Electron Microscopes: New methods using electron microscopes are enabling scientists to discover new drug targets by allowing them to see incredibly detailed protein structures. But how? Have a go at preparing samples, produce projections of protein structures, and discover how these are reconstructed into 3D images!

Taste test: Are you bitter?  Find out with our taste test!  Hold a strip of paper on your tongue and see what your genes say about you and what can you taste?

Exploring genomes using RNA scanner: RNAs are essential building blocks of life. RNAs are similar to DNA but are more flexible and come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Using RNA scanners we will explore various genomes, identify different RNAs, and learn about what they do using an online RNA encyclopedia called Rfam.

The Cell Escape: Save your Cells: Your body’s cells are threatened; can you get the message through to activate a counter attack? Experience how cells communicate by recreating a signalling pathway that regulates how cells act and react. Enter the Babraham Institute’s pop-up escape room, master laboratory techniques and solve scientific puzzles to untangle the mysteries to help your cells survive.

The Sugar Cube Challenge: Sugary snacks and drinks are everywhere, but have you ever wondered how much exercise you need to do to burn off the energy in just one sugar cube? Take the Sugar Cube Challenge and see how long it takes you to pedal your way to 10 kcal.

Fortune Telling Molecules: Are the secrets of future health written in the blood?  Molecules found in blood can tell us what people eat and drink, their health, and even their future risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. So pick a card, spin the wheel and see what fate may have in store.

Tattoo My Science: Come and choose a science tattoo from the collection designed by the Gurdon Institute and discuss the science behind your chosen tattoo with our scientists and your friends and family!
Labrador Laboratory: Visit our pop-up lab to try your hand at running a DNA gel. Hear about our research into why some Labrador dogs tend to gain an unhealthy amount of weight and find out how we can look at DNA to assess an individual dog's genetic susceptibility to becoming overweight.

DNA extraction: Roll your sleeves up and get mucky with strawberries. We'll be getting DNA out of strawberries using common things you'll have at home like washing up liquid and salt. You'll be able to see DNA for yourselves and find out how this molecule connects us all from strawberries to schoolchildren.

DNA sequence bracelets: Explore the code of life and make your very own DNA bracelet to take away with you. Discover the building blocks of DNA and how they hold the instructions for making all living things on the planet - from butterflies to baking yeast and chimps to children.

Stories from Science: There isn’t one type of science, or one type of scientist. Visit our engaging family-friendly display and meet the people behind the science. Discover their personal stories, their work, passions and quirks, all told through their own words and images.

The Big BioScience Slam Poster Display: Young people from across the East of England have created a selection of posters to answer a scientific question pitched by the Life Lab team - from "What would they use a DNA sequencer for?" to " What protein from a living creature would you study and why?".  Come along and see some of the winning and highly commended posters, and find out what brilliant ideas the young LifeLab scientists have come up with!

Bite-size talks: Find out about a range of research with our short bite-size talks from local researchers. You'll be hearing about the latest, cutting-edge discoveries on your doorstep in a nice, digestible format. They'll be plenty of opportunity to chat with the presenters after their talks to explore their research in more detail.