Other Activities

ImaGeneMe Pod

A mobile interactive unit created in partnership with Techniquest. Activities developed as part of the GAMY Project were adapted and transformed into an interactive game pod. The pod takes participants through a series of questions as a way of exploring genetics, family history and risk in health. The pod currently resides in the Zone Cafeteria on the Glyntaf Campus.

Engaging Images

GAMY staff win first prize in a photographic competition hosted by the Beacons for Wales at their public engagement conference (2010). The winning picture was of GAMY participants engaged in an activity in which we created a ‘web of issues’ that relate to genetics.

That’s a rap folks!

Winner of the judges’ choice in The Scientist magazine best science video in their multi-media awards (2010). GENEticS is a genetics rap put together as part of the GAMY Project in collaboration with Jon Chase

GPU at Green Man Festival 2011

In the summer of 2011, staff from GPU set up camp in Einstein’s Garden as part of the Green Man Festival. Each day we facilitated different activities to engage all ages in issues relating to genetics and health from making a smiley paper plate faces (genetics with a smile) to tracing generations of coloured pom-poms in our gingerbread family!

AHC award

The Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics was given the Best Use of New Media award by the Association of Healthcare Communicators in 2009

‘This was superb’ (judge’s comment).

Left to right: Dr Rhian Morgan, Dr Emma Tonkin and Professor Maggie Kirk collect the Best Use of New Media’ award on behalf of the Telling Stories team.

Valleys Discovery Festival May 2011

Saturday 14th May 2011 saw the start of the inaugural Valleys Discovery Festival, an exciting community-based, science-orientated festival. The festival was held at various venues across the south Wales valleys and was a chance for all to discover the valleys through science, nature and heritage.

As part of the festival, the Genomics Policy Unit was participating in a DNA day at the Ebbw Vale Institute on Tuesday 17th May which included Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics and the Genetics and Merthyr Youth (GAMY) project, complete with interactive pod games and marshmallow monsters! Appropriately, the Ebbw Vale Institute was one of the oldest Scientific Institutes in the UK, providing a fitting venue for exploring DNA, genetics and inheritance.

All were welcome at this free event, which was an opportunity for the local community to understand more about DNA and genetics and found out more about inheritance, with family history experts presented as a prelude to the opening of the new Family History Centre in Ebbw Vale later in 2011.

Forensic Science expert Nigel Hodge from the University of South Wales was also held a lunchtime workshop entitled CSI: The Valleys, explaining how DNA can be used to solve serious crime.

Permissions agreements

The Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics team has signed permissions agreements with two American publishing companies, Gale Cengage Learning, for use of Telling Stories content in the text book Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders: Growth Disorders volume 1, and also Wiley publishing for use of the resource in their Visualizing Human Biology Lab Manual.

Presentations at research interest groups

Kirk, M. Telling Stories – Celebrating its 100th Story. Oral presentation. Science Alliance Cymru seminar, University of Glamorgan, Glyntaf Campus, Pontypridd. 7 March, 2012

Morgan, R. Workshop, Telling Sorties online resource, All Wales Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Forum, Cardiff, 20 May, 2011