Around three to four months before the event, the Wellcome Genome Campus was chosen as a site of great importance by the Queen’s Baton Relay team, for all the work that was undertaken to sequence, analyse and track SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus the Queen’s Baton Relay team recognised the internationality of the Campus staff and the breadth of research they do with partners all around the globe.
To honour this, the Wellcome Genome Campus in collaboration with South Cambridgeshire District Council decided to throw an event celebrating sport and science, and invite local communities.
The event took a tremendous amount of planning, led by Linda Prior and Emily Mobley, with help from many teams across the Campus and the Council.
For an event of this scale, which would usually take more than a year to organise, the team only had three months to pull it all together. Instead of things happening one at a time, the quickly approaching date meant that a lot of decisions had to happen at once. This included the theme, Science and Sport Fun day, which was chosen to celebrate the work that takes place on Campus and welcome the Baton Relay in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games. There was also a huge amount of logistics and health and safety matters to consider and plan for, plus meetings with the local Council, Emergency Services and other bodies to ensure the event would be safe for all those attending.