Outreach talks and demonstrations by YCIL researchers are an important aspect of the work our lab does. We can be found at the following upcoming events:

Tuesday 19th May: Pint of Science Talk by Kieran Alden and Fiona Polack

Brigantes, Micklegate, York.

Our immune system has a vital role in keeping us healthy by detecting and responding to pathogens and viruses, while making sure our own healthy cells are not identified as threats. Understanding how this complex system works, and how we can use therapies to help it, is no longer a question just for biologists, but one for mathematicians, engineers, physicists, and computer scientists too. One way we can better understand our immune system is to build computer simulations of how it works. Our talk aims to be interactive, giving the audience the chance to use some of the simulations we develop at YCIL, to show how we are adopting new approaches to simulating immune diseases and novel therapies.

Attendance at this event is by ticket only, visit the Pint of Science website to book

Previous YCIL Outreach Appearances:


Sunday 6th July: Tour de France Grand Depart, York Racecourse

YCIL members Mark Coles, Paul Kaye, Marika Kullberg, and Kieran Alden will be demonstrating our labs work at the Tour De France Grand Depart at York Racecourse

The event, on Sunday 3rd July, sees the start of Day 2 of the Tour De France, and will feature a marquee demonstrating the range of research completed at the University of York. As part of this, YCIL will have a stand in the marquee, where we will demonstrate how our immune system functions through the use of robots, and demonstrate our tool that can help simulate interventions to treat Leishmaniasis. If you have a ticket for the event, why not come over and take a look


The York Computational Immunology Lab attended the York Festival of Ideas - Science out of the lab event in parliament square in York attended by 860 participants, in a stand funded by NC3Rs.

Members of the lab attended the 'York Festival of Ideas: Science out of the Lab' event in Parliament Square, to demonstrate how computational techniques can be used to understand how our immune system works. Immune cell robots were used to demonstrate the dynamics of the immune system during a response to pathogens. Visitors also had the opportunity to try out LeishSim, a computational tool developed by a team led by Paul Kaye (Funded by National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)) that simulates potential treatment approaches for leishmaniasis, and has the potential to significantly accelerate therapeutic development for this neglected disease.

More information on NC3Rs can be found at www.nc3rs.org.uk


Monday 19th May: Pint of Science Talk by Dr Mark Coles

Can computer mice replace laboratory mice? Developing alternative models of the human immune system

Our immune systems keep us well, successfully defending us from bacteria, viruses and parasites that continually try to invade our bodies. Most of what we know about how the immune system works comes from studies on mice. However there are key differences between humans and mouse immune systems. Thus we are working on developing computer models of human immune system and developing artificial human immune systems in a test tube. Together we believe these technologies have the potential to significantly advance the process of developing new therapeutics while reducing the number of animals used in developing new medicines. Can computer mice replace laboratory mice? Can we replicate complex immune responses in a dish? Not yet, however we believe the technology described in this presentation will have a very significant impact in reducing and replacing the use of animals in research.

Attendance at this event is by ticket only, visit the Pint of Science website to book