Structural studies of the host-parasite interactions at the heart of malaria pathogenicity (360G-Wellcome-101020_Z_13_B)


Our proposed activities consist of two major strands. Firstly we wish to take our research on tour, developing a high quality interactive stall which will allow us to present our findings to those who visit science fairs. We have secured a place at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in July 2018, as the first outing for our display and this provides the deadline by which we must have the stall in place. As this is one of the UK’s premier science festival, visited by ~13,000 people each year, this is a great opportunity to meet people and to share our research. We will also ensure that our stand is fully updateable in content – for example using interactive screens which can be altered over time. We will next present at the Oxford Science Festival in 2019 and 2020, at which the Biochemistry Department has committed space. We will also apply to present at another major science festival as soon as applications open (i.e. Cheltenham and Edinburgh) in each of 2019 and 2020. This will be supported by digital content, including a ~2 minute video which will describe our approach towards rational malaria vaccine design and will be posted on Youtube. We will also develop an interactive vaccine game in which players can allocate health budgets and see the effect on malaria prevalence. Together with informative content about our research, these will widen the accessibility of our research.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded 49000
Applicant Surname Higgins
Approval Committee Research Enrichment, Public Engagement
Award Date 2018-04-05T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2017/18
Grant Programme: Title Research Enrichment - Public Engagement
Internal ID 101020/Z/13/B
Lead Applicant Prof Matthew Higgins
Partnership Value 49000
Planned Dates: End Date 2021-04-15T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2018-03-01T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region South East