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Andrew Gray at the Manchester Museum with a Sylvia's frog.


Showcasing the biological and biomedical sciences for British Science Week.

We are celebrating British Science Week (5 to 14 March 2021) by showcasing our research and teaching in the biosciences through a series of online resources developed by researchers, lecturers, staff and students at The University of Manchester.‌

The resources are aimed at secondary school pupils (Years 7-11) and the general public, and can be found on the BioDiscovery website. They include online videos, virtual tours, activities and exhibits covering a range of topics, including the following.

  • The rare and beautiful Sylvia's tree frog here in Manchester
  • The fruit fly's amazing role in research
  • How what you eat affects your immune system, part of a BBC production with Professor Sheena Cruickshank
  • A new, innovative form of PPE developed by University clinicians with Wythenshawe Hospital to protect NHS staff against COVID-19
  • A virtual tour of our animal unit
  • Advice from our dental students on how to brush your teeth properly
  • Neuroimaging techniques and how brain inflammation disorders develop
  • How cells work
  • A tour of the Firs Botanical Gardens
  • Forensic psychology
  • How DNA makes us unique
  • Electron microscopy in action
  • Understanding how internal scars develop
  • A tour of the Egyptology labs and examining ancient specimens

BioDiscovery aims to encourage enthusiasm, fun and discovery in the biological and biomedical sciences for both pupils and the wider public, offering an inspirational exploration of science.


BioDiscovery British Science Week banner image with images of a frog, plant scientist and scanning equipment.