Public engagement and research outreach

The Regan lab are keen to share our enthusiasm for science with the wider community, and to dispel myths about science and scientists. 


Previous engagement events 

MicroArt workshop

Working with the public engagement team at UoE, Ella has helped at MicroArt workshops for both adults and school children. The workshops start with a microscopy session where specimens of butterflies, bugs, plants and parasites are examined and discussed. Inspired by this, the students create artwork of their favourite specimen. Combining art with science gets everyone thinking more creatively and looking at the specimens with a different perspective!




Digital Research PechaKucha 2022

As a result of her previous successful online PechaKucha presentation in 2021, Zoe was invited by the Digital Research Services at the university to give a live PechaKucha presentation at their event on 1st December 2022. The event held at the digital wall in the main library was open to all so brought together members of the university community from a wide range of backgrounds.

Zoe’s presentation was very engaging and sparked lots of discussion.



4273pi - Genes and Genomics Bioinformatics Workshop

4273pi is an ongoing public engagement initiative run by Daniel Barker and Richard Fitzpatrick at the University of Edinburgh. Haresh volunteered with the project on a Genes and Genomics workshop on November 10th 2022 at Alloa Academy, Clackmannanshire where he supported the lesson on conducting basic bioinformatics analyses from the command line. It was a valuable learning opportunity for the Highers students to experience a University-level workshop and for Haresh to communicate science to a wider audience. More information can be found on


Explorathon 2021

For the 2021 Explorathon, Zoe Gidden presented her research at the Science in Our Lives event using the PechaKucha presentation style (20 slides which automatically move on after 20 seconds).

PechaKucha means 'chit chat' in Japanese and is a style of presentation designed to reduce the likelihood of death by PowerPoint!

Watch Zoe's presentation and presentations from other researchers from across Scotland here.




Lynne has been interviewed twice for BioPOD, The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh's official podcast. 

To listen to Lynne talk about how the lab uses proteins for useful applications click here, and to listen to Lynne talk about what it is like to be a woman in Science alongside Prof Meriem el Karoui click here. You can also access and download these podcasts on your favourite podcast app.

Lynne has also shared her enthusiasm for active learning on the Teach Better podcast which you can listen to here.



Pint of Science

On the 22nd May 2019, Lynne gave a talk titled "The answer is what was the question?" to interested members of the public at the Pint of Science event in the relaxed environment of the Old Bell Inn. 

Read more about the evening here and if you would like to learn something new over a pint check out other Pint of Science events in your area here.


Leith Labs at Ocean Terminal shopping centre    

On Saturday 29th September, we took part in Leith Labs within Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.

We talked to shoppers of all ages about the building blocks of proteins with duplo bricks as a visual aid.


For more information about how to take part in Leith Labs please visit the explorathon website.


Soapbox Science

Here is Lynne participating in Edinburgh’s Soapbox Science event. Researchers from across Scotland take to their soapboxes on the streets of Edinburgh to share their passion for a huge range of research.

Read about Lynne's soapbox experience here. 

For more information about upcoming soapbox science events click here








Science for Middle School Campers

We have prepared and presented hands-on activities to demonstrate a variety of science topics, including chromatography, light and protein hydrogels. Curran Oi delivered activities on these topics including one to demonstrate the principle of diffusion to middle school summer camp students.