Public Engagement

Events for Community Groups

The Wales Gene Park delivers FREE talks and discussion sessions to community groups throughout Wales such as the Women’s Institute, Probus, Rotary Club and University of the Third Age (U3A) groups.

Are you part of a community group? Would you like to learn more about genetics?

Some of the topics that we offer include the UK National DNA database, stem cell research, biodiversity and conservation, DNA mapping and GM foods. No prior knowledge is necessary and you do not need a scientific background.

Our 2017 programme includes genetics talks at the following community-based groups: Glamorgan Gwent Marshes Soroptimists, Rhydypennau Library, Cardiff East Rotary, Panteg Probus, St Mellons Women’s Institute, Brecon U3A, Llangybi Women’s Institute, Pontcanna Women’s Institute, Gwent NHS Retirement Fellowship, Pontllanfraith  Probus, Pontllanfraith WI, Cardiff Breakfast Rotary Club, Barry Rotary Club, Cardiff NHS Retirement Fellowship.

If you are a member of a community-based group and are interested in having a free genetics-related talk/session, please get in touch via email or phone 02920 746940


Public Talks

A recent public talk ‘Gene Discovery in epilepsy: the role of the biobanks in patient research’ held at Swansea University

Public talks on topical genetics issues are organised throughout the year. The events are held in various locations around Wales often coinciding with larger events such as National Science & Engineering Week and the Cardiff and Wrexham Science Festivals.

Previous topics include:

  • Future Food – Growing Meat from Stem Cells
  • My Genes Made Me Do It – Are genes linked with criminal behaviour?
  • GM Food for Thought
  • The Real Generation Game – What can our genes tell us about our roots?
  • The Police DNA Database
  • The Angelia Jolie Effect – Exploring how breast cancer runs in families
  • Over-the-counter Genetic Testing
  • Will this treatment work for me? How genomics is helping to personalise medicine
  • ‘Richard III From car park to cathedral’
  • Clues in your poo: how screening is helping the fight against bowel cancer
  • Gene discovery in epilepsy: the role of biobanks in patient research
  • Genomic Medicine: What it is and how the 100,000 Genomes Project can help the NHS to deliver it
  • Prostate Cancer and you: how research is improving patient outcomes
  • Living with Genetic Conditions
  • The King’s DNA –

Upcoming Events

Information on the autumn 2017 programme will appear here shortly