Here is a very entertaining video that shows in images some of the fascinating science happening within the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute‘s walls. In the story a group of high school students come to visit and learn science via its Public Engagement Programme.
I consider myself very fortunate of being a contributor to these efforts, whose main objective is to inspire the younger generations and bring them closer to the biomedical sciences. There is no better way of maintaining one’s own motivation to do science than to inspire others, specially the would-be scientists.
The following quote describing the role of the Public Engagement Program at Sanger is taken from its own website. I think it explains very well their mission and importance as a way of raising awareness and securing future funding for this kind of research.
The role of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute’s Communication and Public Engagement programme is to promote understanding of the nature, discoveries and wonder of science and its implications for individuals and society.