Drosophila Melanogaster (Fruit Flies) are an essential tool in the study of genetics, development, behaviour, neurobiology and human diseases, and have been used by research scientists for more than 100 years.
To explore July's theme, we're getting hands-on with flies in our latest field trip!
To learn all about Drosophila as a model system, and why they are so important in biomedical research, we are very excited to have the opportunity to visit the Fly Lab at The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) Barcelona.
We will be joined by Panos Giannios (https://www.irbbarcelona.org/en/profile/panagiotis-giannios), a scientist studying cell & developmental biology at IRB, for an interactive hands-on session about genetic crosses (choosing which flies will make baby flies to study genetic patterns), using fluorescent labels to see individual proteins in developing fly larvae, and how super-high resolution microscopes allow us to study flies on a cellular level.
As we will be working with Panos to do some real lab experiments together, there are a limited number of spaces for this session, so RSVP now to reserve your space!
If you are unable to attend after you RSVP, please do update this so that other members of the Fun Science community can take part.
After the event, we will also all go out for drinks together.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Panagiotis Giannios (Panos) holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and has a strong academic background in Molecular, Cell biology, Biophotonics and Genetics. He has worked as an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Medical Laboratories, U.A.S. of Athens, while he is experienced in STEM education and science communication activities. Panos is currently working as researcher at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship.
Who are Barcelona Fun Science?
We're a friendly bunch of adults who are curious about the weird and wonderful science of the things we see every day. In every session we set a theme, and then explore a couple of different hands-on activities and games together to learn about what?, how? and why? things work the way that they do.
We come from all different educational and professional backgrounds, and you don't need any previous science experience to come along, play, and meet new people.
Somos un grupo amigable de adultos que tienen mucha curiosidad sobre la extraña y maravillosa ciencia detrás de las cosas que vemos a diario. Cada sesión tiene un tema específico y luego realizamos experimentos para explorar y conocer las respuestas a nuestras preguntas a través de actividades y juegos para saber el qué, cómo y por qué las cosas funcionan de la manera en la que lo hacen.
Tenemos diferentes formaciones académicas y profesionales, y no necesitas conocimientos científicos previos para unirte a un evento, jugar y conocer gente nueva.
What will it look like?
In addition to the Barcelona Fun Science public meetup events, we also run private science events for teambuilding, parties and groups, and communications & innovation training.
Check out our website (http://www.barcelonafunscience.com/) or get in touch for more information about our private events, training and science advocacy work.