Research Discovery Days

Research Discovery Days

This project is funded by the Waterloo Foundation and utilises the phenomena of bioluminescence and fluorescence to inspire our participants to want to discover more, about the science behind flashes and glows. The project manager is Dr Valerie Morse. The target audience is school and college students who are over 14. In the local Milford Haven water way there are many examples of marine creatures who are bioluminescent and fluorescent. Research discovery Days will enable participants to examine, record and identify local marine species using microscopes. They will go on to discover which species are bioluminescent and/or fluorescent (some specimens will contain GFP green fluorescent protein).

There are opportunities for participants to become involved in on-going research into bioluminescent hydroids. There is also the chance to conduct individual research projects. We will also hold research days for smaller groups to experience hands on marine research.  Follow up workshops will enable participants to investigate cutting edge science themes.

Work strongly linked to the science curriculum will be included in the workshops, together with issues raised by “cutting edge” science.  Interested teachers can book a preliminary visit to the marine laboratory to view the facilities and discuss how to tailor a workshop to suit the curriculum needs of their groups.  Please email Dr Morse  v.morse@pembrokeshire.ac.uk to discuss your requirements and to book a session for your students.