Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Café Scientifique – You Give Me Fever

MosquitoThe war against mosquito-borne viruses is a fascinating scientific story of invasive blood-suckers, biological warfare, beneficial bacteria, quad bikes, helicopters and the pot plants in your backyard. From retro to techno You Give Me Fever is Inspiring Australia’s first Cafe Scientifique for 2013 delivered in partnership with Queensland Museum, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

What: Put the past under a microscope as you examine Dengue mosquito specimens from the Queensland Museum’s collection, ask the expert panel about the current research and technologies being used to control mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland, feed the world’s biggest mosquito, jiggle a wriggler, and get a measure of how attractive or repulsive you are (to mosquitoes!).

Where: Queensland Museum, South Bank.

When: 5 – 8pm, 20th March 2013.

Who:

    • Dr Jonathan Darbro, Research Officer at Queensland Institute of Medical Research Mosquito Control Laboratory
  • James Hardy, Research Assistant at Queensland Institute of Medical Research Mosquito Control Laboratory
  • Mike Muller, Medical Entomologist at Brisbane City Council

Register: This is a free event but places are limited. Register here so you don’t miss out!

Questions:  Tweet your mosquito questions to @ScientificAimee before the event to have them answered on the night by the panel of experts. Any questions about the event should be directed to Jayne Keane via email.

You Give Me Fever will begin from 5pm in the INVENTory with fever tunes, historic mosquito specimens and Culicidae artwork. Collectors Cafe will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hot and cold snacks. The panel of mosquito control experts will brief you on their work from 6pm in the Theatre, with time to ask your burning questions. James Hardy will talk about what makes mosquitoes tick, Mike Muller will share how the Brisbane City Council manages mosquitoes and disease transmission, and Dr Jonathan Darbro will discuss the research being done in his laboratory to control mosquito-borne diseases in Brisbane. After the discussion there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase in the foyer while you mingle with the panel, look down a microscope, feed mosquito larvae to the world’s largest mosquito and test your mosquito attraction and repulsion knowledge.

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