KTN's Bioeconomy Specialist takes part in 'Ask a Biologist' at New Scientist Live

Posted on: 09/10/2017

Yvonne Armitage met hundreds of members of the public last weekend to answer questions on the theme of “Can biology make shopping more sustainable?”

Members and Fellows of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), including KTN’s¬†Dr Yvonne Armitage, delivered hands-on public engagement as part of the RSB‚Äôs ‚ÄòAsk a Biologist‚Äô exhibition activity at New Scientist Live, with thousands of members of the public visiting the stand over the four day event.

The RSB ‘Ask a Biologist’ exhibition activity provided an opportunity for researchers to have an interesting and relaxed discussion with those attending New Scientist Live, including school students, interested parents and practicing scientists.

Visitors were encouraged to ask a key question to get the conversation started, with questions including: “What happens when I pick a scab?”, “Why is chlorine in my drinking water?”, “Can we feed 9 billion people?” and “How does a single cell develop into an animal?”

Dr Yvonne Armitage, Bioeconomy Specialist at Knowledge Transfer Network, was one of the biologists who engaged with the public about their research over the course of the 4 day event. Visitors were invited to ask them: “Can biology make shopping more sustainable?”


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From Thursday 28 September – Sunday 1 October 2017, 30,000 visitors from across the country attended the annual science showcase held at ExCel, London.

Now in its second year, the ‘Ask a Biologist’ exhibition activity has now seen more than 50 biologists talk about their research using props and hands on demonstrations to help communicate scientific concepts.


If you would like to discuss opportunities for innovation in industrial biotechnology (IB), you can contact a member of KTN’s¬†IB Team.


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