Glasgow Science Festival: Exploring Human Health

Our ‘Glasgow Science Festival Explores @ Kelvingrove’ event will give people of all ages the chance to explore science through fun, hands-on activities in the museum. We spoke with Lucy, a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University, about her involvement.

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Lucy modelling a Glasgow Science Festival badge

1. Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Lucy and I’m a PhD student at GCU. My research focuses on issues related to infection prevention and control, such as antimicrobial resistance and hand hygiene.

 2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

With a team of researchers and PhD students in the same field, I’m very keen to communicate our research to wider audiences and to educate people about simple things they can do to protect themselves and others from developing infections.

 3. Why should we come to your event?

It is a family-friendly, entertaining and interesting event where everyone will have lots of fun! We will be delivering a range of hands-on activities. You will be able to test your own hand hygiene skills using an innovative hand scanner or see your hands ‘light up’ in our glow box. You will also have an opportunity to learn how we can preserve antibiotics for future generations and how you can protect yourself and your family from developing infections. And don’t forget to visit our photo booth for lots of amazing photos!

 4. This year’s festival theme is ‘Glasgow Explores’. Where would you like to explore?

The researchers from our team come from a range of disciplines, therefore our interests vary. For example, some of us would like to explore health-related issues, while others – human behaviour.

 5. What’s the best thing about being a scientist?

Being creative, and being able to contribute to tackling serious public health issues. It is also really exciting, because you can never be 100% sure about what you are going to find out!

‘Glasgow Science Festival Explores @ Kelvingrove’ takes place on 10 and 11 June in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The event is free and drop-in. For full details and times, visit the website.

 

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