2020 Family Christmas Lecture - Virus Factory!

10 Dec 2020 - 6:00pm
Zoom Webinar (Link to be sent to the contact email provided on this form 2 days before the event)
Family friendly

Registration required - please register for this event by filling out this form. Registration closes at 3pm on 10th December 2020.

Christmas Lecture - Virus Factory!

We’ve all been hearing a lot about viruses over the past several months, but just how much do we understand about them? What exactly do viruses do once they get inside our cells? And why do we care?

Join us for an exciting and interactive online lecture as we take a closer look at how viruses ‘hijack’ our cells and turn them into their own personal ‘virus factories’, and personally contribute to some cutting-edge scientific research in the process!
Based on the educational programme of workshops developed for Y5&6 students for the Science Scribbler: Virus Factory research project on Zooniverse.org. To find out more about this research project, click here. For more amazing citizen science projects to get involved with, visit Zooniverse.org, the world’s largest citizen science platform.


Helena Cotterill is an Outreach Project Officer at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and has been working as the Education Lead for the Virus Factory project. Originally with a background in Atmospheric Physics, she has been enjoying learning more about the science of viruses – a very timely topic – and sharing this exciting research with a new generation of scientists.

Dr Michele Darrow is a Development Scientist at SPT Labtech and a Visiting Scientist at Diamond Light Source. Michele's background is in electron and X-ray microscopy and imaging annotation techniques. She is excited to bring together scientists, students and the public to answer interesting biological questions and enhance science literacy.

Dr Mark Basham is Head of Artificial Intelligence and Informatics at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and a Research Fellow at Diamond Light Source, both located on the Harwell campus in South Oxfordshire. Mark has a real passion for scientific communication, he is the creator of the Lego Beamline (#legobeamline) and co-creator of Diamond the Game, both of which are tools primarily to enable engagement with the students and the public.

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If you have any questions, please contact the Outreach Officer, Lena Shams, by emailing l.shams@physics.ox.ac.uk.