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Pre 2017

This page details our previous outreach events before 2017.


25 November 2016 - The Fly Room

On the afternoon of Friday 25 November 2016, Professor Kevin Moffat led a Public Science screening of the critically acclaimed arthouse film ‘The Fly Room’. This film centred around the famous Fly Room at the University of Columbia, run by Dr Thomas Hunt Morgan. It was here that the basic laws that govern heritability and the passing of traits were discovered – work that would eventually win their lab a Nobel Prize in 1933 and formed the foundation of the genetic discoveries that continue today. The focus of the film was on Dr Calvin Bridges and his daughter Betsy, and how their relationship evolved after a father-daughter visit to the lab. This film mixed science and arts in an attempt to not only engage the audience with the scientific story of genetics but also the social story about the relationship between a father and daughter.

After the film showing a Q&A with the director Alexis Gambis was held. Following that, a poster discussion about current Drosophila research from various West Midlands genetics researchers took place. Feedback from local residents and attendees was incredibly positive with many approving of the film:

‘Beautiful and intriguing. I loved the interplay between past and present, memories, dreams and reality’

Beautifully filmed piece on the analysis between relationships and science, with a great non-linear narrative’

‘Very engaging I loved the photography and the portrayal of characters and their relationships. Great alternative to a factual lecture in a sterile environment. The music score was great and enhanced the film, especially it’s gentle background presence. This film is a very effective medium to deliver a message, a story and idea. People enjoy stories’

‘Showing a film about science and relationships to an audience of scientists and non-scientists, the duality was there for the viewers as in the film. This is the best way to communicate science to the community’



15 November 2016 - Getting to Grips with Antibiotic Resistance

On the evening of Tuesday 15 November, Dr David Roper led a Public Science event exploring the issues of antibiotic resistance in our community as well as around the world. Supported by Professor Elizabeth Wellington and Professor Chris Dowson, interesting and engaging talks were provided on issues such as resistance levels in our rivers and the search for new antibiotics.

The public were also given demonstrations on many key areas of research into antibiotics here in the School of Life Sciences including using 'electronic noses' to detect infection (showcased by members of Engineering as a part of the INTEGRATE AMR team). Demonstrations on how we can use medieval medicine to cure modern infections, how we can use bacterial viruses called Bacteriophage's to deal with antibiotic resistance and how/why TB is still killing people today were also showcased.


Brain Cells

11 October 2016 - A Healthy Brain for a Healthy Life

On the evening of Tuesday 11 October Professor Nick Dale organised a public science event devoted to the human brain.

Members of the public were given the chance to find out about the cutting-edge neuroscience research taking place at the University of Warwick. Researchers gave demonstrations of science in action and tours of our laboratories. The event, ‘A healthy brain for a healthy life’, gave visitors the opportunity to find out how we can keep our brains in shape as we get older and how to put things right when the brain goes wrong. There was also a demonstration of how our sense of self can be tricked into adopting inanimate objects, and a Q&A session where people found out about all those brain queries they wanted to know but were too afraid to ask!

"Lovely mix of 'hard' science and interesting facts that were delivered well"

"The final talk on maintaining a healthy brain gave me a lot to think about and how I can improve my own health"

"I was able to take myself out of my comfort zone and learn something new"



July 2016 - Headstart Summer School

The School of Life Sciences welcomed the next generation of scientists from across the UK as part of a Headstart Summer School held during 17-21 July. This year we welcomed approximately 30 students to explore different disciplines within the School. During the summer school, students were exposed to practical aspects of Microbiology, Physiology and Cell Biology within the laboratory, inspiring lectures from leading experts and helpful advice regarding university applications. Not only this, but students had the opportunity to engage in sports activities on main campus and sample a range of food from across campus! Students were given a taste of university life and hopefully inspired to consider taking a Life Sciences degree in the future.

Discussing the summer school's aim Dr Phil Young, the organiser, said
"Headstart is a fantastic opportunity for A’ Level students to see the different types of teaching approaches employed in Higher Education. We want the students to be inspired to read a biological subject at University and to show them where that degree can take them.”

Organised by the EDT, Headstart has been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers.


June 2016 - Kenilworth Show

The School of Life Sciences Outreach Team and Warwick Crop Centre were at the Kenilworth Show on Saturday 4 June 2016. We demonstrated how the biological diversity of soil can be seen – we looked at soil from the bucket to the microscope. From the way plants grow to the organisms they interact with. Using rhizotrons, we investigated the way crops grow in the soil. We had posters, videos and demonstrations. Through microscopes we visualised different microorganisms, from single celled protozoans to bacteria and fungi – the good and the bad.


March 2016 - Big Bang Fair

We took part in the Big Bang Fair at the NEC from 16-19 March 2016. The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK. At the Faulty of Science stand, visitors were able to view slime mold under a microscope and see how its external memory enables it to respond to light, heat, gravity and chemical (food) stimuli. It’s so adept at finding food, it will even solve a maze to reach a target nutrient! Find out more about this fascinating slime mold.


July 2015 - Year 11 Experience Health Sciences Summer School

In July 2015 we ran our Experience Health Science residential Summer School – a joint partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Warwick.

This exciting event was a free six day residential programme, exploring what it is like to study Life Sciences, Medicine and Anatomy, as well as exploring alternative routes and options of science related careers.


June 2015 - Cheltenham Science Festival

As part of Warwick’s 50th anniversary celebrations the Faculty of Science hosted a marquee at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival from 2-7 June 2015.

The Festival attracted over 45,000 visitors during the week and was organised by Charlotte Carroll, one of our Outreach Officers (a former PhD student in the School of Life Sciences).


June 2015 - Engaging with local schoolchildren about plants and the environment

In June, Nicole Pereira from Warwick Crop Centre organised an outreach event at Snitterfield primary school to help the children of Class 3 with their plants and environment topic during the summer term. Assisted by Joana Vicente, Nicole talked about plants, flowers and the importance of pollination. Children were also given the opportunity to use microscopes to examine flower structures and several insects.