By Vicky Simms and Andrea Rehman. Officially they are the Sustainable Development Goals. They’re better known as the Global Goals. One student, aged 14, has another name for them: the World’s Promises.
This student is in Year 10 at Maria Fidelis School in Camden where epidemiologist Dr Vicky Simms and statistician Dr Andrea Rehman from the Tropical Epidemiology Group ran a workshop to mark World Statistics Day on 20 October 2015. Challenged to answer the question “How can we make the world a better place?”, the girls came up with a wide range of ideas from clean energy to mental health care, which were then mapped onto the Global Goals. At the School, of course, we work towards Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.
By Adam Kucharski and Clare Wenham. Conducting scientific research is a hugely rewarding experience, but one that is rarely accessible outside universities. In public health, the public are a vital part of research, but all too often they are subjects – rather than drivers – of scientific projects. During 2014–15, we carried out a public engagement project, funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award, which aimed to bridge this gap between research and the public. Rather than just informing school pupils about our work, we wanted to help them design and carry out their own research project into social mixing patterns.
By Lauren George, Steven Tito Academy.
Our Standard 4 and 5 students have been working on an exciting project with scientist Dr Lena Lorenz, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Our students were asked to brainstorm answers to the following questions:
- What makes you happy and healthy?
- What makes you sick?
By Carmen Denman and Rachel Currier.
What do you get when you take five research scientists out of the lab to spend a day at a secondary school to try to persuade an entire Year 11 class that science A-levels are worth the effort? Well, to answer that question, on 2 October we microbiologists – Alexandra Faulds-Pain, Alexandra Shaw, Carmen Denman, Michelle Cairns, and Rachel Currier from the Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology – went to Tolworth Girls’ School to participate in a science careers day. Our travel and props for the visit were supported by winnings from the I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here competition, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read more
By Rebecca Tremain. Time travel was the order of the day at this year’s annual Mosquito Day celebration on 20 August. ‘Sir Ronald and Lady Ross’ were joined by three of the School’s leading researchers to bring the story malaria control to life.
The action was set in 1928, 31 years after Ross’s discovery of the mosquito vector for malaria transmission, and two years before the famous ‘tiffin’ photograph that inspired staff at the Malaria Centre to re-establish Mosquito Day on the calendar. Read more
Four researchers from the departments of Clinical Research and Disease Control (Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases) have been awarded £1000 grants to develop and deliver public engagement activities. The purpose of this new funding stream is to offer staff and students the chance to engage non-academics in creative discussions around their work, and these innovative projects will involve audiences in the UK and Africa. Read more
Two of the School’s ongoing healthcare projects, Flusurvey and Peek, form part of an exciting new exhibition at the Science Museum.
The free permanent exhibition Who am I? invites visitors to explore the science behind our identity through objects, artworks and hands-on exhibits. As part of this exhibition, a new display entitled Too Much Information? Health Tests Today questions the future availability of healthcare in our homes, now that technology has made medical devices smaller, cheaper, and faster. Read more
By Christopher Jarvis.
It’s not every day you get to see inside an organisation as august as the Bank of England, and it’s definitely not usual to get to analyse their treasure trove of data. Or at least, not until now. In keeping with the trend for open access to data, earlier this year the Bank released a range of their datasets to the public in conjunction with the One Bank Research agenda. Read more
Our team at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival had a challenge on their hands: finding a fun, safe way to show how an infection can spread across a population – with help from visitors! After considering stickers, wristbands and even hats, they hit upon an ideal pathogen – numbered, plastic clothes pegs. Very visible, easy to use even for children, and, as they discovered, highly infectious in a well-populated place! Read more