We often host visits of school students and undergraduates in our laboratory for work experience and laboratory training as part of our “Outreach” endeavours. This enables us to convey a number of aspects of our UK Research Council, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and industrially-funded research to a wider audience and to enthuse budding young scientists with exciting projects. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to explore possibilities of visits/work experience.
Environmental Sciences Summer School at UEA
Planet Earth: Year 12 Environmental Science Summer School
20 – 22 July 2014
We recently hosted around 40 school students from all around the UK who were taking part in the 2014 UEA, School of Environmental Sciences, Planet Earth Summer School. The whole lab was involved in showing the students how we study microbes using cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent techniques. They also had the opportunity to learn about our research and see major research facilities including our Stable Isotope Probing and gas chromatography facilities and the Wolfson Fermentation Suite. The students also had the opportunity to examine microbes under the microscope and get involved in some “hands-on” microbiology.
Sixth Form Work Experience 2019
We were very pleased this year to host Jade van Wijk from Hellesdon High School Sixth Form for a week of work experience in our laboratory. Jade was looked after by PhD students Leanne Sims and Lisa Gibson who showed her a number of major pieces of research equipment including gas chromatographs, microbial growth facilities and protein purification systems and told her about their research on the microbiology of the climate-active gas isoprene. Jade was able to experience what it was like to be a research student and attended our weekly lab meeting. Hopefully, this visit to our lab has inspired Jade to pursue a career in life and environmental sciences in the near future.
Colin Murrell, together with other members of the International Society for Microbial Ecology International Board, engaged in microbial outreach activities with pupils at the Moipone Science Academy, Tembisa township, Gauteng, South Africa in April 2018. The Moipone Science Academy MA is a local science centre based near Johannesburg which is advocating for science and technology awareness in the community.