The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology threw open its doors to the public on Friday 9 November for the first time since its launch in 2006. 200 As and A Level students were given a rare glimpse at life inside the research laboratories and instrumentation rooms on a series of special tours. There was also an opportunity to talk with MIB scientists during the interactive science exhibition in the atrium designed and staffed by researchers.
Sarah Haworth, a teacher from Thomas Whitham Sixth Form said:
“It really was fascinating for students to get first hand experience of a University research facility and it was made all the more interesting by the enthusiasm of the researchers. I sincerely hope you are able to repeat the experience next year as it was the best University visit I have ever attended.”
The event was the final part of a week celebrating the re-launch of the MIB as the Institute of Biotechnology. Building on the open day’s success it’s hoped the MIB will be opened to students as an annual event.