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Visit our events page for details of upcoming WISB exhibitions, forums and workshops taking place at the University of Warwick campus and further afield.

WISB actively promotes science and science careers. If you are a teacher and would like to find out more about our outreach and work experience activities, please contact us.

Big Bang 2016

Slime Mold, Mazes and Microscopes.. 

WISB was part of the University of Warwick’s Faculty of Science stand at this year’s Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, 16-19 March 2016

Held at the NEC, The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well careers information from Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionals.

Alongside University of Warwick staff and students from Physics, Life Sciences, Engineering and Chemistry, WISB members have been at the Big Bang Fair talking to children, young people, parents and teachers about the fascinating life of a slime mold..

Visitors were able to view the slime mold under a microscope and see how its external memory enables it to respond to light, heat, gravity and chemical (food) stimuli.  It’s so adept at finding food, it will even solve a maze to reach a target nutrient!

Our stand volunteers also gave out more than 100 ‘grow your own’ kits to schools so that they can set up their own experiments to test the slime mold’s external memory abilities.  Over the next few months, we’ll update the slime mold website (www.warwick.ac.uk/slime-mold) with the results of these experiments..

WISB @ Cafe Scientifique

Monday 16th May 2016, Leamington Spa

WISB Researchers were at the Leamington Spa Cafe Scientifique (CV32 5AH) on Monday 16th May 2016 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

This event introduced synthetic biology and its potential applications through a series of short presentations, panel discussion and questions from the audience.

Please visit the Cafe website for more details.

Panel Members(left to right opposite): Dr Sara Kalvala, Dr James Stratford, Dr Nick Lee, Dr Emmanuel de los Santos, Professor Alfonso Jaramillo

Synthetic Biology in Coventry’s FabLab

The WISB lab is going out on the road this Summer, with a pop-up lab at the Coventry FabLab for local school students to try their hand at synthetic biology.

WISB Researchers are working alongside a local schools’ academy and the Coventry FabLab to deliver this interactive and engaging short-course programme that’s centred on synthetic biology, related STEM subject areas, scientific techniques and principles.

Students will take part in a series of workshops to complete a practical synthetic biology lab experiment and to learn more about synthetic biology and related education and careers.

FabLab Coventry is a not-for-profit partnership between Coventry University, Coventry City Council, the University of Warwick, and other partners from both the private and charity sectors.

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