Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair

HPRU EZI Activities at the Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair

We had a 'Pets or Pests?' exhibit at the Ness Botanic Gardens Family Science Fair on 12 March 2016 as part of British Science Week, to highlight the work of PhD students Charlotte Robin and Ellen Murphy on the risk of infections from rats versus our relationship with them, their role as pests in a food context, and where rats feature within our history.

We ran activities for children such as making rat finger puppets, and displayed posters and information on what infections rats can carry which can affect livestock and people. In addition, we had a voting system to see if people thought rats were pets or pests. The objectives of this event were to educate the public on actual infectious risks and to highlight the type of work we are doing to study the risks and our perception of rats, from being seen as dirty pests to a very popular pet.

 

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Posted on: 14/03/2016