Where we'll be in the next couple of months
In the coming months we have a variety of activities across the UK, aimed at keeping awareness up about the Prize and about the issue of antibiotic resistance. The hope is that we will reach more innovators and also help inform the public about this topic.
An important part of Longitude Prize history is its ability to encourage innovators like John Harrison, with less obvious skills and experience, to solve an existing problem. This helps ensure a richer diversity of approach and more varied perspectives.
One of the challenges is to know where to find these individuals if they're not in the obvious roles, or places. Ensuring that general awareness about this issue stays high helps to encourage more people to take part. With antibiotic resistance, a diagnostic test won't be effective in reducing inappropriate antibiotic use if healthcare workers or patients don’t act on accurate test results.
It’s therefore really important that we raise awareness of how bugs develop resistance to antibiotics, and how our behaviours can help prevent infection and minimise the spread of resistance.
FutureFest, 17-18 September, London
FutureFest is Nesta’s weekend festival of ideas, talks and experiences to inspire people to change the future. Come along to see us showcasing Superbugs, our new app-based game that encourages players to survive as long as they can against the superbugs.
New Scientist Live, 23-26 September, London
The following week we’ll be at New Scientist Live. Find us on stand 928 where we’ll be running competitions to see who can survive the longest to win giant plush microbes. We’ll also be on the Brain & Body stage on the 24th September at 3.30pm.
ASDC Annual Conference, 28 September, London
At the end of that week we’ll be at the 2016 Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) Annual Conference. This will give us a great chance to showcase the Prize and activities like Superbugs that Science Centres from all over the UK can use to engage their visitors in the issue of antibiotic resistance.
Games for Better, 30 September, Plymouth
Games For Better is a 48-hour game jam that aims to highlight the effectiveness of games in raising awareness about important issues. This year, the focus is antibiotic resistance and we’ll be there to help assess game developers who have the challenge of building games that approach this issue.
Royal Society of Biology Policy Lates, 10 October, London
We’ll be part of the RSB’s Policy Lates series, talking about the role regulation and innovation play in tackling antimicrobial resistance as part of Biology Week
Science & Stormont, 10 October, Belfast
We’ll be talking about the Prize at a stand at Science & Stormont, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, in cooperation with Northern Ireland’s science and engineering community.
Big Biology Day, 15 October, Cambridge
Big Biology Day is a hands-on day of science and part of Biology Week to spread the word about antibiotic resistance to members of the public, of all ages.
All of these events will help us to raise awareness of this growing problem, and encourage more incredible innovators to take part in the Prize. If you want to find out more, please join us at one of the events above. If you’re planning to attend any of these events, longitude [dot] prize [at] nesta [dot] org [dot] uk (let us know)!