A team from LSTM will be exhibiting at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London. The Science Exhibition is a week-long annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science developments in the UK, where the public can meet scientists, try some of the hands-on activities or attend inspiring talks and events.
The LSTM exhibition, entitled: The Mosquito Diaries – keeping the bloodsuckers out of bed, is led by Vector Biology PhD student Ms Josie Parker and LSTM’s Engaging Tools for Communication in Health (ETCH) team’s Ms Charlotte Hemingway. It involves the work of Josie Parker's supervisor, Dr Philip McCall, and ETCH team’s Dr Marlize Coleman, Dr Edward Thomsen and colleagues from the University of Warwick.
Through a range of interactive hands-on activities and computer games the exhibit will demonstrate three key messages to the public: mosquitoes transmit malaria; insecticide treated bednets protect against malaria transmission; and insecticide resistance threatens mosquito control efforts. In particular, Josie Parker will demonstrate her research utilising new technology to track the flight of individual mosquitoes and how they interact with a long lasting insecticide treated bednets.
The new 2D tracking system, developed in partnership with the University of Warwick, offers the first real insight into mosquito behaviour in this way, enabling the team to track mosquito flight on a large scale in controlled conditions. In addition, the ETCH team will also demonstrate how their serious gaming work can communicate the complexities behind large-scale malaria control programmes and insecticide resistance management.
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