Disease Detectives: The case of the almost indestructable superbug

Try your hand at tackling a simulated outbreak of a drug-resistant disease at a special event at the Cambridge Science Centre Book Now
Date: 
Thu 21st Nov,
6:00pm to 8:00pm

To mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week, find out first-hand how scientists tackle outbreaks of drug-resistant diseases. Scientists from the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance will be at your side to guide you and show you the real techniques they use to prevent outbreaks from spreading.

The event is open to everyone, although the activities are most suitable for ages 12 and up

What will happen?

Each session lasts 30 minutes. Please book your slot when you register for tickets.

You’ll have a 5 minute briefing and then move around lab and computer stations to tackle three tasks: you’ll be identifying the bacterial strain in the lab to find out whether it’s resistant to an antibiotic or not, and then use different computer programmes to learn more about its behaviour, and whether it’s been found anywhere else in the country or worldwide. Then you can decide what action to take to stop is getting out of control!

Do I need any previous experience?

No! This event is open to all that are curious.

Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact engage@wgc.org.uk or call 01223 496810 if you have any questions about the event.