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On Saturday 10th September 2022 12.30-4 pm, the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB) will open to the public as part of the Oxford Open Doors scheme.

Join researchers from the  Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the Jenner Institute, the Center for Medicines Discovery (CMD), the Drugs Discovery Institute (ODDI), the Target Discovery Institute (TDI), the Department of Oncology, the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM), and the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the ORCRB  as part of the Oxford Open Doors scheme run by the Oxford Preservation Trust

Meet the scientists and the labs where amazing science is done to develop tomorrow’s medicine. The Old Road Campus houses institutes that fight cancer, develop vaccines, discover new drugs and medicines, and understand genetics. Learn about our cutting-edge research through hands-on family-friendly activities. See real laboratories with a DNA extraction robot in action and fluorescent fish under the microscope (>16yr). Please contact Romuald Binet for more information.

Our scientists and students have prepared for you: 

  • More than 20 different fun and educational activities 
  • The visit of the Jenner Institute, where the Oxford/AZ COVID vaccine was designed  (> 16yr)
  • Demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies: confocal microscopy, high throughput screening robot, flow cytometer (> 16yr)

We also have a line-up a speakers to learn more about the research at the ORCRB and the NDS: 

  • 1.00PM, Dr Sean Elias (Jenner Institute) - The challenge of making a pandemic vaccine - The Oxford/AZ Covid Vaccine Story 
  • 1.30PM, Ms Emelie Shepherd (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research) - How to become a cancer detective (How cell-free DNA in the blood can be used to detect cancers) 
  • 2.30PM, Dr Diana Papp (Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research) - Organoids – a revolutionary model for medical research 
  • 3PM, Prof Simon Buczacki (Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences) – Unravelling the many faces of bowel cancer


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Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available free of charge.





Getting to the ORCRB

 Old Road Campus Map with bus stops and car park

The event will take place in the Old Road Campus Research Building, off Roosevelt Drive (the Green building), OX3 7DQ. The building is easily accessible via public transport connections, as summarised below. Upon arrival, please report to the reception desk.

By rail

The Old Road Campus Research Building is roughly 5 miles from Oxford railway station, with its frequent trains from London Paddington and many other parts of the UK. Allow 15 to 20 minutes by taxi from the station. For more information, please contact National Rail Enquiries.

By bus

  • 900 bus service from Thornhill Park and Ride – Approximately 15 minutes travel time.
  • 700 bus service from Oxford Parkway (Railway station and Park and Ride) - Approximately 30 minutes travel time.
  • City15 service from Oxford City Centre and
  • U5 Brookes Bus from Oxford City Centre/Marston stops a 5 minute walk from the Old Road Campus Site. Passengers should alight at the Valentia Road stop.

By road

From the east:

On M40 alight at Junction 8 or 8A, following the A40 then A420 to Headington. Follow signs to Churchill Hospital/ Old Road Campus. 

From the north:

On M40 alight at Junction 9, taking the A34 then A40 northern ring road.  Turn off for Marston (B4150), then head towards Headington and follow signs to Churchill Hospital/Old Road Campus.

From the south and west:

Approach from the A4142 eastern ring road and take the B4495 towards Headington following signs to Churchill Hospital/Old Road Campus.


Please note we are only able to provide parking if we receive your car registration number by Friday 09 September, 15.00 (please email details to Romuald Binet).  There will be no parking available on campus on Saturday 10 September. There is parking on the hospital grounds opposite the Old Road Campus Research Building. However, places are limited and parking charges will apply. We strongly recommend you park at Thornhill Park and Ride.

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