For the 4th year, The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity continues to display how science can be fun and relevant to every part of our lives. Enthusiastic collaboration of Nottingham’s best STEM researchers and institutions, including our very own researchers and students from the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node and Department of Respiratory Medicine, saw a weeklong festival of events enticing the Nottingham Public to explore and discover more about what scientists get up to behind closed doors.
Whether budding molecular pathologists, respiratory scientists or simply curious, we invited the people of Nottingham to share what they know and to ask questions about what they would like to know and how to get involved in finding out the answers.
Everyone was invited to partake in hands-on experiments similar to what scientists do everyday. People could extract their own DNA from a simple mouth rinse, virtually see their organs in real-time, learn how to make copies of DNA and look at real human tissue under the microscope.
Mohammad Ilyas, Professor of Pathology at The University of Nottingham and Deputy Director of the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node welcomes the opportunity to bring the work of his department to the general public.
“Pathology is often misunderstood as about death! In fact, Pathology is all about using science to understand disease and how the body works. The Festival of Science and Curiosity will be a great way for children and their families to see how exciting it is to do an experiment and discover something new. If you are lucky, your discovery may help to improve peoples’ lives” he said.
Robert Middlewick, 2nd year Respiratory Medicine PhD student at the University of Nottingham is eager to make science more accessible and inclusive. He said: “All of our laboratory research is done behind closed doors and only comes to light during academic conferences. The interactive festival is a superb platform reach out and educate the public about what we do, show science doesn't have to be complicated and hopefully inspire the next generation of curious minds.”