Research on your Doorstep: Online Science

Spend the day with researchers from University of Plymouth as they investigate some of the biggest challenges in the science world today from Plymouth’s favourite marine venues, including the National Marine Aquarium.

Schools and young people are invited to enjoy all or a selection of the following 20-minute talks, each is accompanied by a 5-minute interactive game developed in i-DAT, the University’s Open Research Lab, and followed by a live Q & A for pupils to engage with working scientists.

Suitable for Years 5/6.

  • The rise of superbugs: science battles back
    Why are untreatable and new infectious diseases on the rise? Does this have anything to do with Climate Change? Can humans fight back using science to win this battle? Dr Tina Joshi, Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, explores these questions and the science behind the rise of superbugs and infectious diseases today.


  • Marine litter: how can we save the environment from the plastic in our seas?
    Did you know that 75% of rubbish in the sea is plastic? Because of this fish, marine mammals and sea birds are at risk of physical harm and there are also concerns for human health. Join Professor Richard Thompson, OBE, Director of the Marine Institute, to learn about impact of marine litter and how we might solve this growing environmental problem.


  • Exploring our Solar System
    There are eight planets in our Solar System, but hundreds of moons, thousands of asteroids, and even a few dwarf planets and comets too. Join Dr Natasha Stephen, Director of Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre, and explore the Solar System, from our closest neighbour the Moon, to Mars, and beyond. Natasha will show you some real Moon and Mars rocks, and you might have the chance to see an asteroid too!


  • Getting up close with sea snails and jellyfish
    Our changing climate will affect species of all shapes and sizes. But understanding what that means in the first days and weeks of a creature’s life has always been a real challenge. Now scientists are using robotics and time-lapse cameras to examine the embryos of fish and shrimp, snails and jellyfish, and see how climate change is affecting their size, shape, movement and heart rate. Senior Research Fellow Dr Oliver Tills will say why this level of knowledge is more important than ever and how his technology could help species survive in the future.


This free virtual event will be available from Friday 27 November, 10:00 – 11:55. Email to find out more.

Event Details

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Date: 27/11/2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:55 am
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