We are pleased to invite you to join the tour of the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton near Cambridge organised by Dr Steve Scott PhD, Content Producer for the Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement.

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and imagination to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute were both major contributors to the Human Genome Project - a global collaboration to sequence the first 'reference' human genome. One third of the human genome was sequenced at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and this data was stored and shared through EMBL-EBI. This was the largest single contribution of any centre to the Human Genome Project, making the Campus and its collaborations uniquely important in the history of genomics.

During your visit, you will be introduced to the science taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus at the Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute. Starting with an introduction to the basics of DNA and genetics, you will find out about their key role in the international project to sequence the first human genome. You will then be introduced to some of their current research and how it is beginning to change how human diseases are diagnosed and treated. At the end of the visit you will be shown the new DNA sequencing facility as well as the large computer facility that supports the research they do.

The Tour timetable:

1.45 pm               Arrive at the Wellcome Genome Campus

2.00 pm               The tour starts: Introduction to genes, genomes, and research on the Campus

3:15 pm               The tour of the sequencing and computing facilities

4:00 pm               Departure

We would like to strongly encourage guests to car-share. If you travel by car, please arrive at the site by 1:45 pm so the tour can start on time. Please use the following link for instructions how to find the Wellcome Genome Campus:  http://www.sanger.ac.uk/about/who-we-are/sanger-institute/find-us.

Please follow these driving instructions as well as security procedures upon arrival at the Wellcome Genome Campus site, which are outlined here.

If you come from Hinxton, please inform us, Development Office, Robinson College (development-office@robinson.cam.ac.uk), and Dr Scott will then notify Security that you will need access through the village gates.

The tour will involve a considerable amount of walking. If anyone requires the use of a wheelchair please let us know as soon as possible, when booking. The tour can be booked by using this link. Bookings will be closed on Monday 8th May 2017. The tour is limited to 30 people only. The tour is free of charge.


Dr Steve Trudgill, President Pegasus Alumni Society