1,350 visitors came to meet the bugs and our scientists at the School’s first ever appearance at Bloomsbury Festival last weekend (October 21-22).
A team of entomological experts told people about vectors and the School’s work to tackle the diseases they transmit.
Families, Bloomsbury residents and tourists all enjoyed meeting blood-sucking insects, dressing up as their favourite bugs, making their own mosquitoes and learning some science along the way.
Comments from the public included:
“Great stand, really informative with valuable facts”
“Intelligent amusement. Made an unglamorous subject colourful and exciting”
“Really cool, brilliant that you bought the live bugs”
“Fascinating bugs, and I liked finding out if mosquitoes liked me”
“A good find as I’m about to travel to a tropical country – great advice”
“I learnt that you shouldn’t leave containers of water around as they attract mosquitoes”
“I learnt loads! I know what a proboscis is (aged 6)”
“You communicated well to children”
Research Degree Student, Julie Bristow, with a box of mosquitoes
Visitors posted comments about our tent
(All photos credit: LSHTM.)