Community Open Day

Making DNA from gummy sweets
A busy Smith Lounge
Explaining the human heart
Looking down a microscope
Holding a giant millipede
Making cards in the craft tent
Learning about molecules
Looking for wildlife by the pond

Lots more photos in our Gallery!

The Community Open Day, organised by FLS and MHS on 28 June, was a great success. Over 800 people attended the event.

Staff and students from both schools ran a series of interactive activities on stands and gave short talks to reveal some of the amazing research we do, including the award-winning Worm Wagon painting activity that teaches the public about parasitic worm infections.

Event organiser Natalie Liddle said:

“We were thrilled to have had such a great turn out to the event, people from the local community as well as staff and their families. Feedback has been tremendous with children really enjoying the opportunity to get hands-on with medical kit. We hope to be able to run similar events in the future and help make more people aware of the fascinating work we do within these buildings.”

Highlights on the day included painting with maggots, building molecules from beach balls, and exploring the University’s laboratories. The public also had the chance to get up close and personal with creepy crawlies.

People’s hand-washing skills were also quite literally put under the microscope. Participants were invited to see how clean their hands were by using UV lights and fluorescent particles to give a non-harmful illustration of microorganisms and how they can be transiently present on hands and act as a source of contamination / infection.