Banbury Town Hall, 18th March 2017
ERGO was proud to participate in the Medical Sciences Division ‘Research Down the Road’ Science Fair in Banbury, alongside a range of other departments from the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.
A scientist and a disease vector prepare to meet the public
The team manning our stall introduced plenty of young scientists to epidemic diseases and the vectors that carry the diseases, with the help of a microscope and a variety of specimens. Children had the chance to spot the difference between male and female mosquitos and discuss the diseases that they carry and to inspect a range of ticks which carry many different bacteria that can infect both animals and humans. The largest tick on show was a very large South African boat tick, which drew a lot of attention!
|A female South African boat tick||Male and female specimens of hyalomma aegyptium|
Attendees were also able to use laboratory methods to diagnose an infectious disease. Our visitors assessed patient samples to determine whether or not the patient was infected. It was an exciting new challenge for our younger guests, who were rewarded with themed stickers to prove their scientific credentials.
Testing patient samples for disease
Thank you to all who attended for a wonderful day -- we hope to see you again soon!