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Science out of the Lab celebrates its 3rd year with strongest attendance yet

Posted on 16 June 2014

With a growing number of visitors each year, it seems that the appetite of the York public for health and science knows no bounds

This year ‘Science out of the Lab’ was held over two days, Friday 13th June and Saturday 14th June, and received over 850 visitors on the Saturday - the biggest attendance yet! The visitors were asked to provide feedback on their enjoyment of the activities, what they had learnt and their impressions of the value of research and outreach being undertaken by the University. This feedback was captured on a specially designed poster where each individual was able to place a star to indicate how far he/she agreed with a number of statements (see left). It is clear from the density of stars towards the left hand side  that the overwhelming majority were really inspired by the experience and thought York research had true value to society. A number of individual comments were also submitted including: 'A great way to inspire a new generation of scientists' and 'fantastic work going on'.

Stall holders included the York Computational Immunology Laboratory, Centre for Immunology and Infection, York Clinical Research Facility (a partnership between the University and the York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Chemistry, Centre for Global Health Histories, Education, Biology and Health Sciences. Amongst the highlights on show were a simulation, using robots adorned with giant plush toy microbes, of leishmania parasites and white blood cells interacting, and an activity creating models of ‘super drug’ molecules.

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