Zombie Institute of Theoretical Science
Issued: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 15:13:00 BST
Professor of Behavioural Genetics Kevin, who delivers lectures on genetics during the show and also plays a victim who is bitten but survives, said: “Our aim is to popularise science and making it more accessible.
“If a research seminar and a pantomime had a baby it would be this show. It’s story-led teaching through comedy that is fun - but there are some real take-home messages.
“Our strength is in our mixture of skills, making for high-quality, professional productions that are funny but also provoke the audience to think and ask questions.
“We try to make people think about the consequences of an outbreak and about the ethics of decision-making.
“These ethical questions are relevant today: do you quarantine a cruise ship with a few cases, exposing everyone on the ship to the disease so you keep whole cities safe from the virus? We also look at the stigma attached to the infected and the so-called super spreaders.
“The zombie apocalypse is a useful hook as it encourages people to think more objectively about the consequences of contagion and ethical dilemmas. For example, we take a vote on whether you would kill a zombie or try to treat them and find a cure.
“We are seeking further funding to go into schools; meanwhile, our team of theoretical zombiologists is available to deliver shows about biomedical science and the dangers of a zombie apocalypse at any event to anyone who will listen.”