Cell Block Science is an innovative project bringing informal science learning into Scottish prisons through researcher visits. The classes are interactive, led by researchers, and have seen a myriad of learning outcomes that map to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. In addition, the interactions have contributed to multi-disciplinary activities including art inspired by scientific reading, poetry based on science, and creative writing using scientific content. The sessions have also seen social skill development in the form of debates, hands-on group work, and the presentation of learning to the public during family visits.
The project has proved popular with learners, and has been extended to deliver science activities in learning centres at six prisons around the country over the next two years after being granted £150,000 from the Wellcome Trust.
About the Speaker:
Dr Kirsty Ross studied for her PhD at the University of Glasgow, studying how to prevent bacterial infections using a novel vaccine that could be given via the nose. She then moved to the University of Strathclyde to study how mast cells (a type of immune cell) might influence rheumatoid arthritis. She became a volunteer speaker for the charity ‘Understanding Animal Research’ in 2009. She is now an outreach officer at the University of Strathclyde and is happy talking to anyone who will listen about public engagement with research.
Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn't end up in anyone's pocket - it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.