Have you got a great idea for a pharmacology outreach or public engagement activity?
.The British Pharmacological Society offers grants of up to £1,500 to both members and non-members to support innovative pharmacology outreach and public engagement activities. We’ve supported a variety of activities, from exhibition stands at science festivals to ‘science slams’ that help researchers communicate their work. You can find our more about some of the activities we’ve supported below.
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CHaOS Summer Roadshow
A CHaOS Roadshow demonstrator helps a visitor read the glucose concentration of the drop of ‘blood’ on her finger.
Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) is a student organisation that seeks to inspire and enthuse children and their families about science. The annual CHaOS Summer Roadshow visits schools, community centres and festivals around the country with a van full of hands-on experiments. It is aimed at children aged 8-13 and their families, particularly those who might not otherwise have access to science centres.
The CHaOS Summer Roadshow has received funding from the British Pharmacological Society to develop pharmacology-related hands-on activities, including a model to illustrate the induced fit and lock and key models of enzymatic action, and the mechanisms by which drugs can target such enzymes.
Lab_13 is a network of laboratories based in schools which are managed by the students of the school and provide science education external from curriculum pressures. Each Lab_13 laboratory has a ‘Scientist-in-Residence’ to assist with investigations but the content is driven by what the students want to learn.
Gillespie School in London hosts a Lab_13, and was awarded funding to support students in an investigation into the anecdotal claims that Manuka honey may prevent infections such as colds and flu, in which they learned about clinical trials for medicines.
“This question was one we thought could actually be a proper experiment because no one knows the answer,” said Gillespie School scientist in residence Carole Kenrick. “The children were really keen due to that fact.”
Reading Science Slam
In a Science Slam, young researchers talk for 6 minutes about their research to an audience of the general public and attempt to win an audience vote for the best presentation. The challenge is to communicate your research while also entertaining the audience.
The University of Reading held a science slam in March 2015 which was supported by the British Pharmacological Society. Find out more about what happened and see some of the presentations in the video below.
Neuropharmacology: from the laboratory to the clinic
Funding was awarded to support a project to develop understanding of drug development amongst the general public and secondary school children, specifically focussing on drugs acting on the central nervous system. Students from Denbigh School in Milton Keynes will attend a lecture and then take part in workshops to research into the area further and develop a conference-style poster to present their findings. The lecture will be available online, and surrounding schools will have a chance to interact with the activity at the Open University Faculty of Science Christmas Lectures 2015, where the students will present their posters.