Find – Grow – See – Microbiology Beginners Course

Date: 12 June 2018

Time: 18:30 – 21:00

Venue: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

Price: £130/£100 Concession

Description: 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.

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