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Infectious Diseases at the 2019 Science Festival

last modified Aug 16, 2019 02:04 PM
Find out about all the infectious diseases events at the 2019 Science Festival.

The 2019 Cambridge Science Festival included over 15 exciting public events related to infectious diseases. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for the University of Cambridge to share it's exciting and innovative research with members of the local community. 

CID ran two events. Coral reefs, Malaria and drug discovery with Dr Ellen Nisbet will explore how saving reefs is helping us to cure malaria. Fantastic beasts and what not to catch from them will focus on busting myths around zoonotic diseases.

Events related to infectious diseases were also organised across the University and affiliated institutions, including the Department of Pathology, the Department of Plant Sciences, the Vet School, Public Health England, the Institute of Continuing Education and Cambridge Immunology. 

 In 2020, the Festival will run  from . For more information visit the  Science Festival website. The Festival runs from  

CID Led Events 11- 24 March 2019.

Coral reefs, malaria and drug discoveryTuesday 12 March, 6-7pm.

Dr Ellen Nisbet discusses how saving the world's coral reefs is helping us cure malaria. Corals contain photosynthetic algae, dying when the algae are lost. And malaria parasites are really algae in disguise.

Fantastic beasts and what not to catch from themSun 24 March, 2.15-3pm

There are over 200 zoonotic diseases — infections caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi or prions that are transferred directly or indirectly to humans from animals. These include diseases such as animal influenzas, rabies, haemorrhagic fevers Ebola, anthrax, the bubonic plague, and 'mad cow' disease.

This fun and interactive session will focus on busting myths around these diseases and what you are most worried about catching from animals. Our experts on the panel will give an overview of risks and what you should be looking out for to avoid contracting diseases from encounters with animals in the home, UK and abroad. Can pigeons kill you ? Can you catch malaria from a penguin? Any question you have, our panel will answer!

Other infectious diseases events

The discovery of new viruses: what is in it for me? Weds 13 March, 7-8pm

The wonderful world of bacteria: how clean are your hands? Sat 16 March, 10am-5pm, and Sunday 17 March, 12pm-4pm. 

Messing with insects' minds: the sneaky world of plant viruses. Sat 16 March, 10am-4pm. 

Disease detectives: outbreak ALERT. Sat 16 March, various time slots.

Your amazing immune system. Sat 16 March, 10am-4pm. 

Natural killers! Sat 16 March, 10am-4pm. 

Beastly bacteria and pesky parasites . Sat 16 March, 10am-4pm.

Virus Roulette. Sat 16 March 10am- 4pm. 

Mixed-up microbiomesSat 16 March 10am-4pm

Discovering SepsisSat 16 March, 10am-5pm, and Sun 17 March, 12pm-4pm. 

We are made of viruses. Sat 16 March, 2-2.30pm. 

Good germs, bad germs? How do we know? Sat 16 March, 2-5pm. 

The big world of tiny creatures. Sat 16 March, 4-5pm. 

Antibiotic resistance and the bad bug challenge. Thurs 21 March, 6-7pm. 

Discover one health research at the Vet School. Sat 23 March, 10am-1pm.

The colourful world of microbiology. Sun 24 March, 11am-4pm. 

Your immune army: discover how your immune system works. Sun 24 March, 11am-4pm. 

DEPLOY-Lab in a Tent. Sun 24 March, 1.15-2pm. 


If you would like to take part in 2020, please contact the CID Coordinator.