By Sara Elg, Research Technician for the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research.
Mugdock Country Park Science Festival – 8th October 2017
An estimated 200 lucky park visitors found us out and about in nature in October as we packed up three crowd-pleasing activities and headed up the hills from Garscube to spread the science love and knowledge at Mugdock Country Park. The country roads were teeming with parked cars with happy visitors spilling out of all doors (sometimes on four furry legs!) and regular forest wanderers seemed pleased to find their pleasant park had been invaded by a gang of science enthusiasts. The CVR tents saw visitors of ages ranging from 3 to 80 battle it out in the Glovebox Biohazard Challenge & Zika Snakes and Ladders and build viruses infecting anyone from dogs to superheroes during the event that lasted 5 hours. Besides wide-eyed visitors, the CVR team of communicators also welcomed some newcomers to public engagement at this event: PhD student Christie and Italian mossboss Mavi saw their glovebox equipment in a whole new light while teaching little challengers to sort mossies with speed, exchange student Silvia took other budding scientists on a muddy mosquito-borne journey around the world in Zika Snakes and Ladders and a group of new faces took on Build a Virus with enthusiasm – what a brilliant day in the woods!