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What else we do

In addition to reconstructing neurons, our group has also been busy with many other things. Apart from attending conferences, symposiums and the like, here are some of the major events we've been involved in.

Public engagement


We have a blog to which members of the group contribute. The posts so far include a 2 part introduction to olfaction in flies and a 6 part series on the field of connectomics (4 parts so far). 


photo of group at Cambridge BRAINFest 2017

In June 2016, we took part in the first Festival of Neuroscience in Cambridge, the Cambridge BRAINFest, organised by Cambridge Neuroscience. The festival gathered 130 neuroscientists that presented their work and put together over 30 interactive exhibits. Over 3 days, there were over 3,000 visitors, of all ages!

More info on BRAINFest

Our group had a stand with lots of activities, from looking at fluorescent fly brains on the microscope and electron microscope images of a fly brain, to a game of 'Can I smell like a fly?'. 

We also put together some videos explaining why the fly is a good model for research, and showing some simple brain anatomy. Follow the links to see them on youtube.


 Every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience (apart from transporting a delicate microscope down a cobbled street!) and so we'll be taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival next month. Come and see us at the Department of Zoology!

Open Research 

Our group is taking part in the Open Research Pilot, a two year project organised jointly by the Open Research Team at the Wellcome Trust and the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University that started in January 2017.

The primary aim is to identify the barriers preventing researchers from sharing all of their research outputs (beyond selected data shown in publications) and what incentives might be used to promote the accessibility of these outputs.

Of special interest to us, we've contributed to a 3 part blog series on Open Resources, and who should fund them.