British Science Week Talk: Viruses, Vaccines and Biotechnology

  • March 8, 2021 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm) - Online (link below)

Science Lecturer Dr. Aakash Welgamage Don will be hosting a talk as part of British Science Week on the topic of Viruses, Vaccines and Biotechnology:

Viruses are the smallest of all the microbes, yet they cause deadly diseases like Covid-19, SARS, AIDS and flu.

Vaccines are considered to be the most effective method for disease prevention and control. They “teach” our body how to defend itself when germs, such as viruses invade.

Advances made in the fight against the current pandemic have shown that Britain’s biotechnology industry is world leading. This will continue to be a major and exciting growth area of the UK economy in the years to come.

In this 45 min talk you will learn about the fascinating biology behind the viruses, their infection cycle as well as the biotechnological approaches for designing and developing vaccines (followed by 10 min Q & A session).

This session is suitable for – senior secondary school pupils and adults.

Access the event here.

The event can be accessed from 3.45pm on Monday 8 March, with a start time of 4pm.