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Public Engagement and Outreach

Bringing the microbial world to the community beyond UCL

What's it like to work in a microbiology lab?

Watch PhD student Marco Crisci give a tour of some of the lab spaces and equipment used for microbiology at UCL:

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Acknowledgements: Marco Crisci; Joanne Santini Lab; UCL Department of Structural and Molecular Biology (Darwin Building). Filmed and edited by China Hanson.



Working with Schools
Collection of photos from outreach project 2021

Microbiology@UCL is working with UCL Innovation & Enterprise, UCL Institute of Education, UCL Community Engaged Learning, and the Little STEMs initiative to design, deliver, and assess hands-on microbiology learning activities for primary and secondary school children. If you are a UCL student, post-doc, or academic interested in participating please get in touch.

We delivered our series of microbiology lessons to Year 5 (age 10-11) schoolchildren for the first time in June-July 2021. Check out our blog to find out more about the activities, how it went, and what we're doing to widen the impact of the project.

Microbiology@UCL Outreach Blog


Public Engagement

It's All Academic Festival: 5th October 2019

Its All Academic Festival 2019 Microbiology Domain

Microbiology@UCL was proud to participate in UCL's It's All Academic Festival, a day of fun and hands-on events open to the public in October 2019.

People of all ages were infected with the enthusiasm of microbes through our “Wonderful World of Microbes” hands-on display table.

Well done to Microbiology@UCL ECR rep Lucy van Dorp, who gave a fascinating talk on The Search for Patient Zero.


Class excursions to ignite children’s enthusiasm for microbes

A thorough list of creative ways to engage young students in microbiology.

Excursions for microbiology education

McGenity TJ et al. Visualizing the invisible: class excursions to ignite children’s enthusiasm for microbes. Microbial Biotechnology (2020) 13(4), 844– 887. https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13576

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