Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement is working with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement on the Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy (GEPES) programme. Over the course of one year, various individuals and groups from across the UK who work in genomics engagement will come together and share experiences and views with a particular focus on genome editing.
The aim is to make recommendations around engagement approaches by taking into account what audiences infer by terms like 'gene', 'genome' and 'genome editing'. The gatherings will also explore what is being done, what has worked, where weaknesses and challenges lie, and what sorts of recommendations might be put forward.
Here at the Wellcome Genome Campus, we've a unique role in this project, being on the doorstep of over 1,000 researchers working at the frontline of genomics science. This gives us an immediate route into prototyping ideas, for instance for new training formats in public engagement, or in seeking researcher views.