For the public

For the Public

This page will soon be discontinued and its contents have been moved to our new droso4public site. Please, use that site from now on and direct any links to it. For existing links to this location, we will do our best to forward them to the new site.


Our Vision, Mission, Purpose

The Manchester Fly Facility promotes wider awareness of Drosophila research and its importance for the advance of biomedical science. For this, the Manchester Fly Facility drives 6 complementary strands of 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.

If you work with flies and would like to promote the network idea, please download the advocacy slides, and see our regularly updated impact document for progress made.

Publications explaining the Drosophila phenomenon

  • Brookes, M. (2001/2002). “Fly: The Unsung Hero of Twentieth-Century Science.” Ecco/Phoenix, — [LINK]
  • Held Jr., L. I. H. (2017). “Deep homology? Uncanny similarities of humans and flies uncovered by evo-devo.” Cambridge University Press, Cambridge — [LINK]
  • Kohler, R. E. (1994). “Lords of the fly. Drosophila genetics and the experimental life.” The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, London — [LINK]
  • Lawrence, P. (1992). “The making of a fly: the genetics of animal design.” Blackwell Science, Oxford — [LINK]
  • Prokop, A. (2016). Fruit flies in biological research. Biological Sciences Review 28, 10-14 — [LINK]
  • Prokop, A. (2018). Why funding fruit fly research is important for the biomedical sciences. Open Access Government 20, 198-201 — [LINK and as GSA blog]
  • Mohr, S. E. (2018). “First in fly – Drosophila research and biological discovery.” Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA and London, UK — [LINK]
  • Weiner, J. (1999). “Time, Love, Memory : A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior.” Vintage Books, Random House Inc., New York — [LINK]

Further info resources can be found here.


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