LifeLab is coming! Join them on 27th and 28th September to make new discoveries

You’re living in a global centre for new discoveries. In your area, right now, people are finding ways to personalise medicine for each patient, they’re measuring how obesity could affect your children, discovering new ways to help our bodies fight disease and much more. 

For a taste of what to expect, watch the short video summarising LifeLab 2018 below. Alternatively, please head to the website for the full program.

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September is your chance to make your own breakthroughs at venues around Cambridgeshire turn into discovery zones for all ages. 

Part of European Researchers’ Night – the largest public science event in Europe – LifeLab offers a fun and diverse programme of pop-up, interactive activities in public spaces in Cambridge, Ely, and Peterborough.

Brought to you by five local research organisations: the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, the Babraham Institute, the University of Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, LifeLab was borne to allow you to discover the ground-breaking research that is happening on your doorstep. 

What is LifeLab?

For just these two days, the people making these discoveries will be popping up all across the local area to share what they’ve found with you. And the best part is, most of it is free! 


LifeLab’s programme includes science-themed stand-up as researchers take to the stage and join The Variables at the Cambridge Junction on Friday 27th September. There is also the chance to explore hands-on activities; and there is even a science-themed Escape Room at Ely Cathedral (click here to read more). On Saturday 28th September, a diverse team of researchers will be creating a pop-up lab in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge and a discovery centre in the LifeLab marquee on Cross Green in Ely for some interactive activities and stimulating encounters. 


Across the three LifeLab locations of Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough, there will be activities to appeal to all tastes and ages; whether you like to get hands-on, browse an exhibit, or enjoy a chat, there’s something for you, your friends, and family. Above all, there will be plenty of chance for you to share your opinions and ideas as you chat to the people making exciting discoveries happen.

To find out more, follow @camlifelab on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates. For more details about LifeLab, including full event details, please visit 

LifeLab is brought to you using funding from the European Commission. Join LifeLab’s celebration of the globally-leading research that is happening in your region. This great event is also the opportunity to learn something new, find a future career and perhaps see another side of science.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Photo credits: LifeLab