Public engagement is a very important part of InLab’s work. Keeping abreast the public and relevant stakeholders with scientific developments in the area of human development (including genetics and psychology) is crucial to InLab’s aim to contribute to society at large. InLab provides to its members  science dissemination training (public speaking and conference presentation) from members of the English Bar, who are highly regarded for their skills in this areas.  InLab cooperates with TAGC – The Accessible Genetics Consortium, in disseminating knowledge in the areas of genomics, and works with TAGC towards improved ethical guidelines, policy and laws in order to ensure positive use of genomic findings.

 

Genes and Tonic

InLab runs a series of Genes and Tonic public engagement events in collaboration with The Accessible Genetics Consortium. The aim of the events is to inform the public about the recent developments in the field of genetics and individual differences. Our last event took place at the New York University London in Bedford Square on Friday 11th November. The program included two talks on twin studies and predicting exam performance from DNA. We also held a panel discussion on how genetics can help us understand the variation in the classroom. The event ended with a genetic bingo. See the program here.

Yulia Kovas, the world’s leading expert in the field of cognitive psychology, Ph.D., lecturer at the Department of psychology, the Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).

Yulia Kovas talks about Number sense and Mathematics at the Science Café Evrika, Novosibirsk

In 2014, InLab and the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics held a 2-day Scientific and Educational Twin Festival at Tomsk State University.  Twins, members of the Russian School Twin Registry and their parents attended educational events, participated in competitions and interacted with members of the research team.

InLab’s associate members, who are members of the International Advisory Committee to the Project PROGRESS talk about the Russian Twin School Registry, the importance of the twin studies and of international collaborations. 2012, Moscow.

International Summer School in Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics  at Tomsk State University, 2012