Research Superheroes and Superbugs Lates

May 1, 2018

Last week we took over the basement of the Science Museum for April’s Lates.

Over the past two months we’ve been working with UK Research and Innovation to coordinate the UKRI zone at the Science Museum’s Superbugs themed Lates.

The UKRI funds millions of pounds of research to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) across disciplines, from social sciences to the arts. The UKRI zone was reflective of the breadth of research being done by UKRI researchers.

It featured 9 activities and over 50 scientists engaging visitors with their work: from a citizen science project hunting for new antibiotics in the museum, to VR exploring inside resistant bacteria, and an arcade style game on the reality of surviving in a future without effective antibiotics.

The zone also included a photo booth highlighting the many different roles involved in tackling AMR, from explorers and divers to farmers and medics, and a barbershop quartet performing a bespoke, and incredibly catchy, song about AMR.

The UKRI zone was very popular with over 750 visitors over the course of the evening.

Image courtesy of Barry McDonald

 


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