Check out this great blog from the Wellcome Trust. Magnificent Microbes was also supported by our Scientific Outreach Grant. Visit our website if you’re planning any biochemistry-related public engagement activities: http://www.biochemistry.org/Grants/EducationalGrants/ScientificOutreachGrants.aspx
The two-day event ‘Magnificent Microbes’ was open to school children and the general public. It aimed to convey the importance of microbes in shaping our health, the economy and the food we eat. The event was organised by the staff and students of the Molecular Microbiology division at the University of Dundee, but how easy was it to persuade research scientists to get involved in public outreach? Amy Gerc, a PhD student involved with the event, shares her experiences with us…
“The school children have arrived! They’ll be through in 5 minutes!”
As much as we had done to prepare for the event, many of us were outside of our comfort zone. The prospect of interacting with hundreds of school children and members of the public was quite daunting.
We knew that it would be, so what had we done to prepare for the masses?
One of the…
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