Big Biology Day comes to Staffordshire University

"As biologists ourselves, we want to help everyone see the beauty and potential of biology and to inspire future biologists who will help to create a sustainable future and improve life for every person on the planet."

Head of Biology, Dr Angela Priestman

Staffordshire University is encouraging the public to get hands on with science at its Big Biology Day this weekend.

A pair of giant inflatable lungs will feature in the Science Centre during the free family event on Saturday 17 October, which is part of the Royal Society of Biology's 'Biology Week', and a range of activities will be led by science experts from the University and local and national biologists.

Aspiring scientists of all ages will be able to get up close to bugs, bees and reptiles and try their hand at forensic investigation in a mock crime scene, identifying biological evidence such as human hair and fibres.

Visitors can discover the workings of the respiratory system by exploring the giant walk-through inflatable lungs exhibit and children can get to grips with immunology by making antibodies out of playdough. Charities including Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB will also be on hand to offer expert information and advice.

Head of Biology, Dr Angela Priestman said:  "As biologists ourselves, we want to help everyone see the beauty and potential of biology and to inspire future biologists who will help to create a sustainable future and improve life for every person on the planet."

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences Dr Dave Skingsley, aka the Bug Botherer, will lead guided walks around the University’s nature reserve to show what the local wildlife has to offer.

Dave said: “There's a lot of evidence that being outside in green spaces is good for mental health and places like our nature reserve are really important to help wildlife thrive within cities.

“Biology can surprise you. It's all around us and the Big Biology Day is about showing people how fascinating and fun it can be.”

The event is also encouraging budding bakers to bring biology into the kitchen for the Great Biology Bake-off. Entrants are asked to produce biology inspired cakes, which will be judged on their decoration and how well they capture the theme of biology - so get baking!

The Big Biology Day will be held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 17 October in the Science Centre on Leek Road, at the Stoke-on-Trent campus.

 

* Image courtesy of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

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