Invisible Cities: The Miniature World of Microbes - 3rd June 2018
On Sunday 3rd June 30 members of the public came to the Kenilworth Centre to listen to speakers from the University of Warwick and further afield talk about their research on microbial science. The format of the event was quick-fire 4 minute presentations by the speakers, followed by discussions in smaller groups over pizza and drinks. The speakers rotated every 15 minutes to allow all members of the public to chat with every speaker. Topics discussed included antibiotic resistance and why it is important to finish a course of antibiotics, how bacterial communites are like a soap-opera complete with lies and cheating, and the impact drugs can have on our gut bacteria. Every person rated the event as good or excellent and most people said they found the evening interesting and that the table discussions were great, with the speakers being able to explain their research in an understandable manner. It was great to receive such good feedback and we're glad the audience and speakers enjoyed the evening!
Some feedback included:
"Just got home from the ‘Invisible Cities’ evening and I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in setting this up. It was a fascinating evening and a privilege to listen to and then discuss with academics who are at the forefront of their fields. I feel very lucky to have been able to attend this evening"
"very interesting, thought provoking and helping to understand where new knowledge is being found"
And from our speakers:
"It was a joy, the audience came up with great questions and a lot of insightful comments"
How to Build a Human - 1st May 2018
On the evening of Tuesday 1st May the QBP held its first Public Science Evening on the topic of "How to Build a Human". The evening was opened by Professor Andrew McAinsh who welcomed the audience and introduced the talks for the evening. Two talks then followed from Professor Jonathan Millar, talking about The Magic of Cells and from Dr Stephen Royle who spoke about problems with cell division and how it leads to cancer. After a breakout session, where the guests were treated to lab tours and microscope demonstrations and the opportunity to talk to our researchers, the evening concluded with talks from Professor Karuna Sampath, explaining how fish can help us to investigate human disease, and Dr Kristen Panfilio who explained how cells turn into tissues. Professor Mohan Balasubramnian closed the evening leading a great question and answer discussion where the audience really got involved. It was great to have such a good turnout from our local community for our first event and hopefully there will be many more to come.
Dr Andrew Bowman talks at U3A - 25th April 2018
On Wednesday 25th April Dr Andrew Bowman visited the Science group of the Warwick branch of the University of the Third Age and gave a talk on gene editing to their members.
World TB Day - 24th March 2018
On Saturday 24th and Tuesday 27th March, researchers from the Fullam group held events at the Herbert Art Gallery and Central Library in Coventry to raise awareness of tuberculosis disease for World TB day. The event centred around a main stand with information posters about the history of tuberculosis, key facts and figures and the research carried out by the group. Members of the public also experienced hands on use of a microscope to visualise bacteria and bacterial plates were used to demonstrate the importance of antibiotic resistance. People also engaged interactively with a tablet based microbiology game and information leaflets designed by the group were handed out to passers by to promote the research at Warwick and to show that tuberculosis is still a global health problem. We were able to engage with a range of different ages and demographics and the results of the questionnaire highlighted the current public understanding of the disease and enabled us to correctly inform the public about tuberculosis.
Introduction to Public Engagement Networking Lunch - 19th February 2018
This introductory workshop to public engagement was aimed at introducing the relevant members of the public engagement team to the QBP community and to give a brief overview of the help and support that we can give researchers who are wanting to carry out public engagement activities. It was well attended, with 24 people from 9 different research groups.
Pecha-Kucha 20x20 - 29th June 2017
On the 29th of June 2017 the WQBP teamed up with Pecha-Kucha Coventry to run a science themed evening - "Life's Fragile Patterns". Researchers from across the Medical School and School of Life Sciences presented their work to the public in a 20x20 format at The Tin in Coventry's Canal Basin. Guest speakers included Jane Mellor (University of Oxford), Oded Rechavi (Tel Aviv University) and Ferenc Mueller (University of Birmingham).
Chronotherapy Panel Discussion - 4th July 2016
On the 4th July 2016 the Chronotherapy group and the WQBP teamed up to showcase leading work done by Warwick chronobiologists in the fight against cancer. The event was led by David Rand, director of the Warwick Systems Biology Centre, and featured guest panelists David Spiegel from Stanford University and Pasquale Innominato from the University of Warwick. The event was covered by the local newspaper The Coventry Telegraph.