Saturday 21, July 2018

Find – Grow – See

Find – Grow – See
Microbiology Beginners Course
6.30pm – 9.00pm, Tuesdays, 25th Sept – 23rd Oct 2018

Experience the world of microorganisms living around us or even on us, exploring various ways of isolating and growing these tiny things. ASCUS Lab is equipped with several incubators and houses a collection of different microorganisms available for you to work with. These include model organisms like E. coli and baker’s yeast to fungi and bacteria producing light, antibiotics or pigments. This course will take you through the brief history of microbiology and will cover every stage of microbiology experiments from growth medium preparation, sample collection and inoculation, incubation, and observation. Explore and gain understanding of how our world is inhabited and literally covered with microbes and how different organisms interact with each other and can be used in art, food production, and biotechnology.

You will try out and explore various samples from the world around you – from environmental samples to our body, to everyday objects, food, and anything else you might be interested in exploring. The course will cover the benefits of using various samples to observe a range of different microorganisms from both scientific and creative perspectives. All participants should bring along is a notebook to take notes as a range of different processes and protocols will be covered on the course. All other materials are provided.

Course Details

When:
Tuesdays 6.30pm – 9.00pm
25th Sept – 23rd Oct 2018
Where:
ASCUS Lab, Summerhall – the UK’s largest publicly accessible laboratory for experimentation in art and science
Price:
£130 for 5 weeks (£26 per session)
Concession Price:
£100 for 5 weeks (£20 per session)*
Audience:
Adults
Booking:
Eventbrite - Find - Grow - See Microbiology Course
Class size:
10 people
Materials:
Bring along a notebook, all other materials included
Tutor:
Dr Jiri Jirout
Course Level:
Beginners (no previous lab experience in art or science required)
Special Offer:
Participants will have free access to ASCUS Lab Open Sessions for the full course running period

*Concessions are for: full time students; unemployed persons, senior citizens, residents of Summerhall, and disabled persons. If you have booked as a concession you must provide proof of status on arrival.

Course Outline

This is a series of skills workshops combining presentation, demos and hands-on learning activities for anyone interested in learning the basics of microbiology in a fun, creative and experimental environment.

What will be covered:

WEEK 1
HOW MICROBIOLOGY WORKS ‘WHAT CAN I SEE GROWING?’
WEEK 2
SAMPLE COLLECTION & INOCULATION ‘WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER?’
WEEK 3
FERMENTATION & FOOD MICROBIOLOGY ‘HOW MICROBES HELP US?’
WEEK 4
MICROBES: FRIENDS OR
FOES ‘HOW MICROBES AFFECT US?’
WEEK 5
MICROBES IN THE ENVIRONMENT ‘HOW MICROBES INTERACT?’
  • Introduction to microbiology – groups of microbes, inoculation, media preparation
  • The biology of microorganisms – the kingdoms of life
  • How to isolate microorganisms
  • Sample collection and inoculation – what to consider
  • Food microbiology and fermentation
  • Microbes under the microscope
  • How to study antimicrobial resistance and how to lower the risk of it
  • How microbes interact with us and how we affect them
  • Scientific microbiology – biology and ecology
  • Creative microbiology – agar art, concepts and approaches

People who might like to take this course include:

  • anyone interested in microbiology and developing lab skills
  • artists interested in using microbiology for creative projects
  • scientists who don’t usually work with microorganisms
  • students interested in exploring the field of microbiology
  • the ever curious and creative
  • anyone interested in looking deeper into the microbes that live all around us!

Booking Refund Policy

Please note that purchased tickets can only be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • If the event/workshop/course is cancelled, rescheduled or has changed location.
  • If an event is rescheduled to another date, your tickets are still valid. If you can’t make the rescheduled date, then you’re entitled to a full refund.
  • Refund requests will be accepted up until 1 week before the date of the event. We are unable to guarantee that refund requests received after this time will be possible.
  • When events are cancelled or rescheduled we will do our best to inform all participants using the contact details provided when the order was made.

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