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Come and meet our slime mould

05 May 2015

Children and adults alike will get a chance to check out slime mould and pitch themselves against the curious creatures that form the substance at The University of Manchester’s Life Sciences Community Open Day.

Having a go at some practical science

This rare opportunity to see behind the scenes and visit our cutting edge laboratories will take place on Saturday 9th May. Visitors will be able to see where research to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges is carried out and speak to our world class scientists.

One of the tours includes our Fly Facility. Visitors will get the chance to understand how the humble fruit fly is opening up our understanding of a range of conditions and behaviours, such as aggression and motivation. 

There will also be plenty of hands on activities. From creepy crawlies to baby fish, microbes to animal-eating plants there are lots of fantastic things to see and do. Visitors will also find themselves getting up close and personal to an array of insects and amphibians on the day. 

There will also be the opportunity to see the latest addition to the University – a stegosaurus! 

Younger visitors will have the chance to get messy painting with maggots, an unusual and hands-on activity combining art and science – the live maggots are dipped in non-toxic paint and allowed to crawl around the paper to create unique and colourful paintings.  There will also be craft activities and face painting by a professional, rather than a maggot!

Organiser, Natalie Liddle says: “This year we have gone all out to make the event our most spectacular yet, with the chance to see our robots in action, science buskers and ‘Mad Science Workshops, it’s going to be a day not to miss.”

The Open Day takes place on Saturday 9th May from 10am – 2pm in the Michael Smith Building, off Dover Street, at the heart of the University campus. Everyone is welcome to this free event and there is no need to book. Free parking is available on site.