Barcoding the Broads

Public engagement and outreach

Communicating our research to inspire and engage learning.

Connecting society with our science.

We support the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) belief that engaging the public with research helps empower people, broadens attitudes and ensures that the work of universities and research institutes is relevant to society and wider social concerns.

Modern genomics and data-driven science lie at the heart of many breakthroughs in life science, with far-reaching applications affecting everyone in the global community. We believe that engagement with the public is of paramount importance to have a meaningful two-way dialogue about our research and the impact it has.

Our communications and public engagement team delivers inventive and successful activities at events such as the Norwich Science Festival, Royal Norfolk Show and Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

If you want to discuss how to engage with the Earlham Institute, please contact our team.


Barcoding the Broads

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The Darwin Tree of Life project aims to sequence the genomes of all eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland - that’s around 70,000 species of animals, plants, fungi and protists. But why do we need to do this, and how can you help?

Through Barcoding the Broads, you’ll discover more about an area of special ecological interest: the Norfolk Broads. The project will explore biodiversity in the region and the different species living there in collaboration with local schools and nature groups.

The project uses simple and reliable laboratory and computer techniques to highlight the importance of genomics and bioinformatics for understanding, conserving, and benefiting from biodiversity.

Get in touch

If you have a question about our public engagement events or activities, get in touch with our team below.

Visitors at the Darwin Tree of Life stand in the Forum, Norwich
Graham Etherington Open Day
Public Engagement Officer Sam Rowe explaining the Darwin Tree of Life exhibition activities to a young child
EI researcher Ned Peel explaining his research to school groups at our last Open Day
EI Researcher Darren Heavens demonstrating air sequencing technology out in a field as part of an online film
Group of people gathered in the Atrium during our last open day