On 16th November 2018, the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) participated in the Open Science Day at Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster along with the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms C-CAMP). The daylong event saw an estimated footfall of over 1000+ people, of which 600 were made up of notified school students.
About 12 schools with 50 students each visited. Of these, five schools came from remote places such as Hassan, Mandya, and Gauribidanur. Another group of 12-14 students visited from Hassan. Of the 12 schools that attended, seven were Government schools and five were private. Additionally, several doctors from local hospitals who visited to interact with scientists from campus to understand the cutting edge research happening at inStem.
During this event, many laboratories from inStem have showcased the latest research that is taking place at the Institute. Laboratory representatives made arrangements to explain the science to high school and college students and visitors from a non-science backgrounds. Captivating visual designs and interactive demonstrations helped visitors understand the research and facilitated their participation in the discussions.
The exhibits showcased multiple themes of scientific research ranging from animals and ecosystems to cells and molecules. A total of seven exhibits were set up, each showing a different aspect of the research carried out at inStem. The exhibits included:
a demonstration of regeneration using various model systems
organization of light sensing apparatus in regenerating models
models showing the organization and functioning of the lung and skin
biomaterials as a protective measure for farmers exposed to pesticides
model showing the effect of nutrition
the role of metabolic processes in controlling cell fate decisions and immunity.
The exhibit also includes neuronal and mouse models explaining the muscle and neuronal development during embryogenesis.