A collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Morrison Bowmore Distillers delivers a public engagement event with a difference.

“This allows us to think differently about what we do and repackage it in a way that is fun and helps us connect with the public.”

Researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Polyomics Facility have developed a partnership with Morrison Bowmore Distillers to showcase their cutting-edge technology, testing the chemical make-up of malts. The ‘Know Your Whisky’ event teams up researchers with Master Blender Rachel Barrie to deliver a public engagement event which provides the audience with scientific insight into one of Scotland’s favourite tipples.

“The main part of my job as a master blender is using my nose, that is top of the skill list that you need to be a master blender” explains, Rachel Barrie from Morrison Bowmore Distillers. “My training, as well as being a nose, is as an analytical chemist, so for me science is very much a tool to help me to understand the intricacies, the complexities and idiosyncrasies in our distilleries to ensure we to produce the best possible tasting whisky.”

Glasgow Polyomics is a research facility at the University of Glasgow that is equipped for the collection, analysis and integration of high-throughput biological datasets. They work with clients throughout the world, and welcome enquiries on studies across the field of biomedicine, from environmental science to drug discovery and stratified medicine.

Getting scientists out of the workplace to share their research with the wider world is part of their knowledge exchange remit and they have received funding from the Wellcome Trust to help fund their programme of outreach events. Dr Tanita Casci from the Polyomics Facility said, “We spend a lot of the time in the lab working with researchers and clinicians. This allows us to think differently about what we do and repackage it in a way that is fun and helps us connect with the public.”

Wellcome Trust
University of Glasgow Polyomics

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