Future events

Please check back for future events where you can come to talk to us about our work on potato breeding

 

Past events

2017

Meet the Expert, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, 24th Februrary 2017

Potato is a key part of most of our diets, but how much do you actually know about it? Come and talk to us and hear about how we are using the power of genetics to enhance breeding of the humble potato, one of the world’s most important food crops. Watch live demonstrations of how we can extract nature’s blueprint – the DNA strands - from plant cells, and see if we can make a clock run on raw potato power alone. You can explore the behaviour of plant chromosomes using plasticine models and talk to us about how we are using this information to breed better potatoes for feeding our growing world population.

 

2015


Meet the Scientist, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, 19th Feb 2015

During School half term, the Thinktank museum attracts several thousand visitors each day, from young children through to grandparents. We hosted a ‘Superplants’ stand and engaged the public with the fascination of chromosomes, meiosis and polyploidy. Adults and children alike enjoyed playing our interactive games, challenging them to differentiate between diploid and polyploid plants.


Meet the Expert, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, 25th April 2015

In this event we met the Brownies of different age groups for activities and informal chats about our work and its importance for food security in the UK and worldwide. We played the roles of three famous women in science: Barbara McClintock, Lynn Margulis and Beatrix Potter, reading stories and playing games to illustrate their lives. We also played games on polyploidy.


Girls in STEM, University of Birmingham, 16th Sept, 2015.

This event was designed to encourage year 8 and 9 girls from 14 local Birmingham schools to consider their potential futures in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. We held two workshops where Anushree Choudhary enthused the girls with a talk about her work on polyploidy in plants, why plant science is important and how girls can aim for higher education. We also had a hands on session illustrating DNA extraction from strawberry plants and looking at Brassica pollen under the microscope.