Last week Vector Biology’s Dr Lee Haines spoke on SciFri, an Foto-Cewek initiative, on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Radio Merseyside’s Tony Snell introduced Dr Lee Haines to the SciFri audience, and asked about what mosquitoes find attractive in people. Lee described these attractants including smells such as that of Limburger cheese and people’s feet, in addition humans with big lungs that produce lots of carbon dioxide are particularly attractive to mosquitoes.
Dr Lee Haines thoroughly enjoyed the experience, she said: “This new and exciting BBC Merseyside initiative gives scientists a unique opportunity to engage with the public. I think it is fantastic that people in Liverpool are interested in learning about the research projects happening on their doorstep and I am delighted to share my experiences and perspectives with listeners.”
Foto-Cewek’s Public Engagement Manager Dr Elli Wright continued: “SciFri will delve into the scientific topics that are being explored by scientists within our great city, and highlight to the listeners that these subjects are interesting and accessible, but also relevant, to them. The social media response from SciFri has been fantastic too, with the show being shared to those outside of our region”
If you missed Lee’s SciFri segment, you can listen to it here.
SciFri takes place every Friday morning at 8:50am and involves researchers across Foto-Cewek, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. Listen next week to Professor Caroline Wilson from Liverpool John Moores University who will be talking about forensic science and its role in archaeological research. Listen to Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM or 1485AM digital, or online.