Francis Crick Institute

Francis Crick atrium

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Our work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, our founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 we moved into our brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick runs a rolling programme of free public exhibitions and events. Please check the website for more details

Venue Type:

Science centre

Opening hours

Latest public exhibition: Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen, 1 March 2019 until 30 November 2019
Open to the public: Wednesdays 10am – 8pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Admission charges

Free of charge

Getting there

Nearest tube / train is Kings Cross St Pancras

Additional info

Exhibition and café

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
George Alagiah and Vivian Li from the Francis Crick Institute in conversation for the exhibition

Outwitting Cancer

  • 10 September 2020 — 4 July 2021

The Francis Crick Institute has announced the UK’s first exhibition exploring the trail-blazing research that is turning the tide on cancer.

Outwitting Cancer will be an immersive exhibition that explores the science at the forefront of cancer research taking place at the Crick, which is Europe’s largest biomedical research institute under one roof.

Opening on 10 September 2020 until July 2021, Outwitting Cancer will also be the first exhibition on cancer to take place within the setting of a working science lab in Europe.

Eight specially commissioned films capture conversations between cancer researchers, patients and people with unique personal perspectives on cancer, meeting for the first time to explore some of the big questions driving cancer research.

The series of short films will form the backbone of the exhibition, and include:
• BBC journalist and news presenter George Alagiah, who is living with bowel cancer, meets Vivian Li, Stem Cell and Cancer scientist, who is creating ‘mini-organs’ (organoids) in the quest to personalise cancer treatments.
• Renowned cell biologist Mariann Bienz, who had a lung removed as part of her own cancer treatment, meets Charlie Swanton, Cancer Research UK's (CRUK) Chief Clinician and Francis Crick group leader to talk about the evolution of tumours.
• Lawyer Adam Blain, who had a brain tumour removed, meets scientist Simon Boulton to talk the role of DNA in cancer and his experience of having a tumour which was diagnosed by his wife.

The exhibition will feature a multisensory digital installation in a custom-built cinema. ‘eXistential’ - produced in collaboration with a world class artist collective - weaves together stunning microscopy imagery from Crick researchers, as well as a newly commissioned soundscape from artist Mira Calix.

Cancer remains one of the world’s most widespread and deadly diseases, with 1 in 2 of us developing cancer in our lifetime. Through the immersive films and accompanying exquisite microscopy imagery, Outwitting Cancer addresses questions including “what is cancer?” and “why are so many people still dying from cancer?”.

Visitors will discover the importance of animal models, clinical trials and pharmaceuticals in the research pipeline, as well as the pioneering research taking place at biopharmaceutical companies leveraging patients’ own immune systems to tackle cancer, including GammaDelta Therapeutics and Achilles Therapeutics which both began life at the Crick.

The exhibition will give a first look into the new horizons emerging in cancer research at the Francis Crick which is host to some of the most exceptional cancer researchers in the world.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+


Getting there

Nearest tube / train is Kings Cross St Pancras

Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road




020 3796 0000

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