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The Old Road Campus Research Building, home of the COVID-19 vaccine, will be open to the public on Saturday 10 September as part of this year's Oxford Open Doors event.

Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB)

Visit the homes of the 2019 Nobel Prize Laureate and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine! The many laboratories Oxford Open Doors logoat the Old Road Campus innovate and make breakthroughs in Cancer Research, Vaccine Development and Drug Discoveries.

Learn about our cutting-edge research into COVID-19, immunology and cancer through hands-on family-friendly activities. See real laboratories with sample preparation robots and microscope demonstrations (over 16 year olds). Meet our researchers through lectures and informal discussions. 

Come and explore:

  • Giant drug discovery Jenga
  • A touch screen for looking at protein structure
  • New Medicine Jigsaws
  • 3D printed proteins
  • Find the tumour cells
  • Microscopy demonstration
  • Sample processing robots demonstration
  • Lab tours

And more!

Download the poster (PDF)

Short Talks

1pm  'The challenge of making a pandemic vaccine - The Oxford /AZ COVID Vaccine Story' - Dr Sean Elias

1.30pm  'Organoids: a revolutionary model for medical research' - Dr Diana Papp

2.30pm  'How to become a cancer detective (how cell-free DNA in the blood can be used to detect cancers)' - Emelie Shepherd 

3pm  'Unravelling the Many Faces of Bowel Cancer' - Professor Simon Buczacki 


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

Getting to the ORCRB

Old Road Campus map

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 9 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.