Parasite Street Science

Issued: Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:16:00 BST

Students dressed as fish on Glasgow's Buchanan Street

Dr Nicola Veitch is part of an ambitious cross-College public engagement project that is working in collaboration with a street theatre group to develop and deliver a performance about parasites.

Having obtained funding from an MVLS Engagement with Research Grant and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, Dr Veitch, Professor Annette MacLeod and Dr Walt Adamson (IBAHCM), and Dr Vickie Curtis (WCIP) engaged with Surge to help improve the communication skills of scientists.

The College of MVLS coalition recruited six students, three of whom were Life Sciences undergraduates, and early-career researchers to develop a show with professional artists from the troupe.

Initial workshops were held in February to train the team of scientists to develop their performance skills, which included wearing fish costumes and interacting with the public on a busy Buchanan Street!

From there 'Parasite Street Science' was developed by Surge's artistic director, and with the development phase complete, the intention was to present the show at the Surge Summer Festival.

Originally booked for 4th and 5th July in Glasgow's Merchant City, the event may now have to be rescheduled for later in the year.