Science Zone


Science Zone is part of the VI International Symposium SRUK/CERU and will be held the 3rd of June 2018 in Glasgow,  Glasgow (11.30h – 15.00h). All activities will be in English!

During the festival, activities will be scored by the public attending and by a SRUK/CERU committee. The best activity will be awarded at the Symposium Closing Ceremony.


Asta Valanciute (Edinburgh)

DNA Bracelets

DNA_Bracelets3.JPGThe best way to understand the basics of DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) and the genetic code is to make a colourful and beautiful 3D DNA bracelet using beads and wire. In this activity you will use a DNA sequence that matches the DNA you carry for the colour of your eyes and you will learn the basic rules of base pairing. Wherever you have an adenine (A) in one strand you will put a thymine (T) in the other, and where there is a cytosine (C) you will put a guanine (G).

Sandra Álvarez (London)

Back to present: Understanding Evolution

BacktoPresent3.jpgWhere do the living species come from? Using the species bones together with DNA data you can learn about their evolution!

You will have the chance to see how bones of extant and fossil species can be used, as well as the DNA, to understand the species evolution while playing an exciting game! Furthermore, you will be able to run some bioinformatics tools we use in the lab that help us understand not only the species evolution but also how this can be sometimes correlated with geological events that occurred in the Earth many years ago!

Iñigo Urrutia, Alba López, Paula Rodríguez- Sara Alvira (Bristol)

Science in the Kitchen

SiTK1.jpgHave you ever wondered why an egg turns white when you fry it? Why your tea is a bit lighter in colour when you add lemon? Or why do you cry when you chop onions? Behind all those things, behind your cooking recipes at home, there is a lot of hidden science. And that science has been there since prehistoric times.

We are going to prepare some simple experiments to unravel the biological processes that happen during cooking!

You can check a summary our last event in Bristol in the following video:

P.S.: Although the video is in Spanish, remember that this activity, as well as the other activities, will be in English in the VI International Symposium SRUK in Glasgow!

Sergio Pérez Pérez (London)

Colourful and fascinating fluids in action!

FluidsinAction_conv.jpgCommon fluids such as milk and water have surprising behaviours that defy our intuition. Fluid Dynamics dominates numerous environmental phenomena, plays a pivotal role in many modern devices and processes, and governs physiological systems that are critical for human health.

We will understand the physics behind fluid dynamics through simple, colourful and eye-catching experiments!

Pablo Muñoz Rodríguez (Oxford)

Where does our food come from?

WdoFCF.jpgHave you ever thought about the plants you eat? Where do they come from? And how long have humans cultivated them?

Most of us ignore the history of the plants we eat, when and where they were domesticated, and how they shaped our world. Discover where the most important crops come from, and how the places where plants were domesticated are intimately related to the origin and development of human societies!

A display of some of the most common fruits and vegetables consumed by humans together with a world map on a table will awaken your curiosity!

Natalia Mallo (Glasgow)

Amazing wee critters: How do they live?

AmazinWeeCritersHowdotheylive2Have you ever realised that a cell is a bit like a mobile house? By comparing what they have in common we will learn what are the necessary components of a cell to live, move and communicate with other cells. You will be able to draw the components of a cell using stencils and hear about how different parasites like toxoplasma infect our cells and affect their functions.

Alba Abad and Natalia Torrea (Edinburgh)

The DNA Journey

DNAJourney2-conv.jpgHave you ever seen your own cells? Be ready to take your Cellfie and learn about the nucleus and the wonders it contains! DNA! We will play several games to understand the Journey of the DNA inside the cell: how it gets packed into chromosomes and why this process is important to fit the DNA in the nucleus, give access to the information contained in it and keep it well organised when cells divide. We will show you a movie of a real cell dividing that will blow your mind!