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Dianne Abbott MP opens SBCS Science Expo for Schools


Dianne Abbott MP opened the SBCS Science Expo for Schools entitled, ‘Why are we scientists?’ held at Queen Mary on Wednesday 23 June 2010. She told the 16-18 year old students from around London that 'There is no substitute for top class education' and described how her experiences at Cambridge University had shaped her life. During the morning, there were presentations about the excellent research taking place in the SBCS, including: generating energy from sunshine, understanding addiction and drug dependence and controlling the risk of bacterial infection in schools, hospitals and petting zoos. The full programme was:

9.00-10.00      Registration, Posters and Lab Demos viewing
10.00-10.05    Welcome (Prof. Alan Hildrew)
10.05-10.15    Opening Address (Ms Diane Abbott MP)

First Session  (Chair: Dr. Steven Le Comber)
10.15-10.35  Prof. Conrad Mullineaux - Energy from sunshine
10.35-10.55  Prof. Andrew Leitch - Polyploidy: One giant step towards the formation of a new species
10.55-11.15  Dr. Angelika Stollewerk - Shape Shifting Minibeasts

11.15-11.50    Coffee/Tea break, Posters and Lab Demos viewing

Second Session (Chair: Dr. Magda Osman)
11.50-12.10  Dr. Caroline Brennan - Understanding Drug Dependence
12.10-12.30 Dr. Ron Cutler - From petting zoos to dirty loos: Infection control
12.30-12.50  Dr. Michael Proulx - Seeing with your ears?

12.50-13.00   Posters, Lab Demos viewing and End

The Science Expo was organised by Dr. Alan McElligott



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