The IGB's motto is "Where Science Meets Society" and in addition to the regularly scheduled events we hold, we also like to show up in places unannounced to engage with people in new and exciting locations ... we call that Science Unexpected and we've had some wonderful interactions with members of the community who had a chance to learn about science and the IGB as a nice surprise.
Interested in volunteering for one of the many IGB outreach and public engagement events? We're always interested in recruiting new members to work with the public and help them understand our research and mission, and help share a broader understanding of science.
The World of Genomics, presented by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), brings the full scope of our research in health, technology, and the environment to the public with hands-on activities and exhibits for all ages, designed to make the broadest impact on the largest audience.
There are a variety of superb online resources for learning about genomics. Here is a selection of those we have found helpful:
Learning about genomics does not always require fancy equipment! In fact, some of the most popular activities we have enacted require only affordable and familiar household items. Here are a few of our favorites that may be a good fit for your kitchen or classroom:
The IGB works with area schools, as well as after-school and enrichment programs, to bring hands-on genomics activities to K-12 students. IGB staff and researchers coordinate with teachers and mentors to tailor content to suit the age range, interests, and needs of each group.
We visited or hosted students from a variety of area schools and groups, including St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy, the Champaign and Rantoul Tap In Leadership Academies, local homeschool groups, and Champaign and Urbana school districts.
The IGB and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology co-sponsor the Chambana Science Café, a monthly seminar series that brings scientists to the public to talk about their research in an informal setting. The talks are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Cafeteria and Company, and there is free pizza while it lasts.