BSPP Outreach goes to the Big Bang Fair!

06 Jan 2014

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Prof. Peter Spencer Phillips training future Plant Doctors

The Big Bang Fair is free event will be taking place in the Birmingham NEC and is expected to receive around 65,000 visitors between the ages of 7 – 19.

To run this stand, BSPP Outreach are teaming up with the public engagement team at the John Innes Centre, lead by Dr Dee Rawsthorne who said:  

'Big Bang will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the importance of UK plant pathologists to a wide ranging audience and find out what people think about spraying, GM, biocontrol and plant breeding as options for combatting pests and diseases.'

Our stand will include activities for all ages: from the 'Make a Plant Attacker Model' and 'Plant Doctor' activities for younger students, to a public dialogue activity discussing plant disease control options and the Facebook Fraxinus game for older students.

This event provides us with an exciting opportunity to reach and engage with a large number of young people. We're hoping our activities will prove just how fascinating careers involving plants (especially plant pathology) can be!

How to get involved

This will be a very, very busy event and so we need lots of hands to help! If you're available to help on any days between 13th – 16th March please get in touch with Katie:

Join the Facebook event here

Note: we will arrange and cover accommodation, travel and food expenses.