DIYBIO Manchester Celebrates BEACON Success

The DIYbio project celebrated success at the recent Manchester Beacon Recognition Awards, with their work being recognised with a cheque for £750 to further develop its community-University partnership.

Inaugurated in March 2011DIYBIOMCR is the largest DIYBIO chapter in the UK, and recently hosted the first ever DIYBIO Summit in the UK during the Manchester Science Festival. Supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the group is a collaborative effort with MadLab and MMU, hosting monthly user group meetings, special workshops (eg. Octopus dissection) and bringing experts from the new frontiers of biology to work and collaborate with the general public.

Manchester Beacon is a network to bring together people, events, projects, resources and ideas for public and community engagement. The Manchester Beacon combines the complementary strengths of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford with the Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester : Knowledge Capital.

Manchester Beacon’s Recognition Awards are for community-university partnerships making a difference to Greater Manchester. There were three tiers to the awards, and DIBYIOMCR was one of the projects awarded for partnership for more than 6 months, less than 2 years.
Pictured receiving the award on behalf of DIYBIO MCR are (left) Prof. Jo Verran (MMU), (centre) Hwa Young Jung (MadLab) with (right) Dame Nancy Rothwell (President of the University of Manchester).

More photos from the event can be viewed here

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