Natures Factories tour 2014
SAW worked with researchers from the John Innes Centre and Institute of Food Research to design a stand for the BBSRC Great British Bioscience festival which took place in November 2014 at Bethnal Green. Artist, Molly Barrett met with the scientists to find out how their research was seeking to understand how beneficial chemicals naturally found in plants are made. Molly then worked with SAW to design four games that explain the key scientific concepts the researchers are using to improve our ability to access these valuable chemicals.
Games featured purple tomato, super broccoli, plant-made vaccines and cancer treatments. We also built a 'fact-tree' that was covered in leaves containing interesting plant facts that people could take in return for writing a comment on a blank leaf to hang on the tree.
Finally, a hands-on table was set up for people to use well known plant extracts to make peppermint foot scrubs and lavender bath bombs to take away.
Over three days, more than 6,500 visitors attended the festival marking the culmination of a year-long programme of activities to celebrate BBSRC's 20th anniversary. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. See the festival video here; http://youtu.be/nQpsG75AFIc
We also ran the stand at Science in Norwich Day, the Festival of Plants at Cambridge Botanic Gardens, Norwich Fascination of Plants Day for schools and at the Family Science Day in Bury St Edmunds.