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Sainsbury Laboratory

Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium promotional banner. Text: Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium, 21-23 September 2022, Cambridge UK. Theme: Regulatory dynamics during development and evolution.

On-site facilities for children and carers

We acknowledge that attendees may wish to travel to Cambridge with family, and have measures in place to support this. While we are not able to provide on-site childcare, we have a number of facilities to suppport parents and carers. Any children needing to come on site must be accompanied by a parent or carer at all times.

Junior Delegates

Children will be issued with a Junior Delegate pack including a name badge (first name only, with emergency contact details on the back) and some activities that they might enjoy.

Family Room (Darwin Room)

A multi-use room will be a dedicated space for families to use during the Symposium. This room has soft lounges, table and chairs, soft floor coverings and is a suitable space for carers to use when supervising young children or for childminders/partners/carers to wait with children while the Symposium is in progress. The room will be set-up to enable live streaming of the Symposium talks if wanted.

There are also baby changing facilities, toddler toilet seat and highchairs available on site.


Breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas of the building. We also provide a private room for nursing and pumping with a separate fridge for milk storage. 

Access to the Botanic Garden

The Lab is surrounded by the Botanic Garden, a traffic free area with a café. Please contact the conference organisers if you would like to arrange for access to the Garden for your partner/childminder during the conference.

Suggested activities for children

We are gathering ideas and suggestions from local families and will list nearby parks, activites and child friendly cafes and restaurants on this page closer to the date of the conference.