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Build a bug


Event schedule details

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June


Event location details

Princes Gardens

Join the microbe community! Find out what makes a microbe and make your own with pompoms. Discover how helpful microbes can tackle plastic pollution, what happens when unhelpful microbes evolve and what this means for humans.

Scientists, medics and researchers from Imperial College London have joined together for this hands-on activity all about amazing microbes. Tiny microbes make a huge impact on humans. Unhelpful ones can make us sick, and although antibiotics fight these microbes, what happens when the microbes fight back? Helpful microbes might be able to transform plastic pollution into useful materials, but how? Come and make, play and discover along with us.

Visitor information

This is a drop in event.

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Event categories

  • Family with 12+
  • Family with 7+
  • Family with under 7s
  • Workshop