We at POI are passionate about our research and the potential that it has to positively impact wider society. We have embedded public engagement within the POI programme, and hope to develop lasting relationships with community groups towards the goal of informing and engaging the public, and inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in science and cancer research.

Our public engagement programme kicked off on 4th February 2020 with Choirs for Cancer, a World Cancer Day event which brought together 10 choirs and more than 300 singers. Despite the pandemic bringing an end to in-person events, our commitment to public engagement remained and we ran a number of highly successful webinar events including a discussion on lobular breast cancer with Dr. Damir Vareslija, a research webinar with Prof. Cathy Kelly and a public talk on neuroblastoma with Prof. Walter Kolch

We are also participating in the 2020 Science on Screen programme in partnership with CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre, to commission a short scientific documentary focused on science and cancer research. We are also developing relations with minority communities in Ireland, with our Invisible Spectrum event now entering its second year. Further details of all these events can be found below. 

Public Engagement

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Invisible Spectrum returns in 2022, with our first ever in-person event

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POI Public Showcase

A free public research showcase on 22 September 2022 featuring laboratory tours, a POI research expo and interactive sessions. Events in Dublin, Cork, Galway & Online.

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Invisible Spectrum 2.0 : My DNA, My Health

Building on the 2020 event of the same name, POI continued its engagements with minority communities of Ireland in cancer research through 'Invisible Spectrum 2.0'.

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Science Week Event - Invisible Spectrum 2020

POI are delighted to participate in Science Week 2020 with an event aimed at engaging minority community groups in science and cancer research

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POI Public talk series for Cancer Week Ireland

To mark Cancer Week Ireland 2020 POI collaborated with our charity partners and patient advocacy groups on a number of public lay talks

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Public talk on Lobular Breast Cancer

On Tuesday 16th June 2020, POI hosted our first public talk together with our charity partner, the Irish Cancer Society.

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A visit to ESB Science Blast 2020

POI went along to Science Blast Dublin this year to see what all the fuss was about!

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Choirs for Cancer

Choirs for Cancer brought together 10 choirs and more than 300 singers in a moving community tribute to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

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Science on Screen 2020

POI has partnered with CÚRAM in this year’s Science on Screen programme, which will commission a short scientific documentary focused on science and cancer research.

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