For the public

For the Public

Our Vision, Mission, Purpose

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The Manchester Fly Facility promotes wider awareness of the importance that Drosophila research has for the advance of the biomedical sciences. For this, the Manchester Fly Facility drives 6 complementary approaches to science communication (details in Prokop & Patel, 17):

  1. Drosophila genetics training for university students and researchers
  2. exhibitions on science fairs
  3. development of science fairs
  4. production of educational videos
  5. working with schools and teachers, including the droso4schools initiative
  6. publication and marketing of resources and strategies to various audiences including teachers and schools, as well as the fly community

All these approaches encompass the development of strategies and resources, and these are freely shared and made available online (see info on these pages). It is our vision and hope that this initiative will inspire more members of our community to participate in the communication of fly research and share their strategies and resources. Through this, we hope to turn this endeavour into a joint effort and build an efficient network of science communication which will drive Drosophila advocacy to momentum and impact. Only by achieving such collaboration will we eventually be able to reach policy and decision makers in order to (1) consolidate Drosophila research in grant funding portfolios, (2) recognise the importance of fundamental research and (3) improve biology education in schools and universities.

Background

Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me?

(from “The Fly” by W. Blake, 1794)

Invertebrate model organisms such as the fruit fly Drosophila are essential pillars in the process of scientific discovery. For over 100 years, Drosophila has been spearheading biological research with great success. It has been contributing countless genes, mechanisms, processes and fundamental concepts, many of them evolutionary conserved and fuelling research in higher animals – ultimately, also to understand and cure diseases.In schools, Drosophila offers fantastic means as a modern teaching tool to explain curriculum-relevant concepts of biology to pupils and students, reaching far beyond its traditional uses in classical genetics lessons, as is explained in greater detail in this blog post and on the droso4schools website.

  • You wonder why so many researchers work with Drosophila? Check the “Why the fly?” tab as well as the droso4schools “Why fly?” page.
  • You want to use flies for your teaching or host a fly event at your school? Check the Teachers and schools tab.
  • You want to go public with flies or see our events? Check the Outreach activities tab.

Interested in working in schools?

We offer internships “Introducing the fruit fly Drosophila as a modern teaching tool” for students interested in working in schools. The aim is to develop curriculum-relevant lessons involving the use of Drosophila and is based on a clear rationale. In 2015, we ran a highly successful 3 month PIPS placement scheme for 2 BBSRC DTP students which resulted in a number of free-to-download school lessons, as is explained in more detail on our dedicated droso4school website. If you want to apply for the 2015/16 period, please, feel free to contact us.

See our educational movies