The Engagement Prize highlights initiatives and activities in public engagement and patient involvement across the Institute. Following nomination from across the Institute, submissions were judged by a panel of comms specialists.
WINNER - Paige Mumford, Emily Blackburn and Cliona Farrell, Wiseman and Schiavo labs, UK DRI at UCL, for their World Down’s Syndrome Day event
Emily, Cliona and Paige co-organised and ran a World Down Syndrome Day celebration in 2023. It is an annual engagement event hosted at The Crick for people with Down syndrome, their families and carers. The event is a celebration, with the goal of educating people about Down syndrome and sharing the ongoing research into this syndrome, including highlighting Alzheimer's disease in Down syndrome.
At the event, there were talks by scientists and medical professionals, as well as from a person with Down syndrome, and a family member of someone with Down syndrome. Many engaging activities targeted toward all age groups were hosted, including making play-doh neurons, using microscopes, making brain hats, pairing chromosomes and a photo-booth.
This event required 8 months of organisation, with the organising team applying for grants to support the event, designing the day and advertising.