Sensing that the site-visit on Wednesday August 3rd was important, barista Justine Torano, who operates the Caffeine Café in the Street, decided to customize her delicious cappuccinos with the Drug Discovery Unit ‘molecular structure’ logo – with a little help from the DDU’s Irene Hallyburton. This attention to detail and team spirit was not lost on the 14-strong VIP site-visit team, here to consider a proposal to create a Wellcome Trust Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases Drug Discovery in Life Sciences.
On the day, eight PIs (Alan Fairlamb, Mike Ferguson, Mark Field, Ian Gilbert, David Gray, David Horn, Kevin Read and the proposed director of the Centre, Paul Wyatt) made scientific presentations, while Paul, Julie Brady, Sarah Cook (DJCAD), Matthew Jarron (University archivist) and Morag Martin also made presentations on Public Engagement, with the help of colleagues from The National Museum of Scotland (Sophie Goggins and Xerxes Mazda) and computer games guru Chris van der Kuyl.
Twenty-four scientists from the eight research groups also presented very well-received posters to the site visit team over lunch; and David Foley and Lesley-Anne Pearson, with the help of many from the DDU, did a live public engagement event for 40 children.
Paul Wyatt said: “We are so grateful to everyone - cleaning staff, lab managers, reception and administrative staff- particularly Karen Pope and Diane Purves - estates & buildings, our scientific and technical staff and everyone involved. This was a great team-effort and I think we showed ourselves to the site-visit team in the best possible light. We will know whether we have been successful later in the year!”