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Revealing the Secrets of Science

27 Jun 2012

The University of Manchester is throwing open its doors on Saturday 30th June so local people can take a unique peek into the weird and wonderful world of Life Sciences.

Children feeding the carnivorous plants
Children feeding the carnivorous plants

From creepy crawlies to robots, microbes to animal eating plants there’s lots of fantastic things to see and do in the laboratories. There will be tours and talks throughout the event and the Faculty’s scientists will be on hand to answer questions. 

The first ever open day last year attracted more than 700 local people from all walks of life.

The Faculty of Life Sciences is hoping this year even more people will take the chance to see where some of the world’s greatest mysteries are being solved.

As well as viewing life through million pound microscopes, visitors will also be able to create amazing paintings with maggots, meet live amphibians used to study the healing process and see robots in action in the laboratories.

Professor Matthew Cobb said: “We hope even more people will take this rare chance to see ground breaking research close at hand and ask our scientists about their work.”

The Open Day takes place on Saturday June 30 from 11am – 3pm in the Michael Smith Building, off Dover Street, at the heart of the University campus. Everyone is welcome to this free event and there is no need to book.

Notes for editors

Photos of last year’s event are attached to this press release and more are available from the press office. Please credit The University of Manchester.

Reporters are welcome to attend the open day where there will be opportunities for filming and interviews. Please contact Morwenna Grills to arrange this in advance or Charlotte Alcock on the day.

Professor Matthew Cobb will be available for interviews on Friday 29 June and during the Open Day.

For more information please contact Morwenna Grills, the Media Relations Officer for the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Tel: 0161 275 2111

Mobile: 07920 087466

Email: Morwenna.Grills@manchester.ac.uk