Fun at the Greenman Festival even though it rained (a lot)!
For the second year running the ‘Egg and Sperm Race’ [www.eggandspermrace.com] made a triumphal appearance at the Greenman Festival. After a stunning success in 2011 (sunny weather) they braved the elements in 2012 (lots of mud) – and were once again rewarded lots of participants eager to experience the fun of ‘racing’ sperm through a model of the female reproductive tract to reach their ultimate goal – the egg – along the way they also learn’t about the science behind sex and reproductive health including the dangers associated with Chlamydia infection!
For more information, visit www.eggandspermrace.com
PhD student wins Public Engagement Prize
Vicky Young (2nd Year PhD student) has won a public engagement prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology.
MRC student wins ‘Science X Factor’
Vicky Young a 2nd year PhD student from the new MRC Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh, has been voted winner of a public engagement activity designed to get secondary school students thinking and talking about science.
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! invites school students to chat to scientists and ask them questions via an online forum for two weeks in June and then vote for their favourite. Each day, scientists with the fewest votes are evicted in an X Factor-style competition. The activity involved 100 scientists from across the UK, who competed for a prize of £500 to spend on their own public engagement activities.