Community science lecturers talk about what happens when we die

Science lecturers from the University of Wolverhampton are holding an informal evening of discussion and demonstrations in a local city centre pub - exploring the theme of death and what happens when we die.

Science Shack is a public engagement scheme which has seen the team from the Faculty of Science & Engineering visiting local schools and community venues to unravel the mystery of science – encouraging audience participation and interaction through physical demonstrations and showing science off through performance, theatre, illusions and mind tricks.

Dr Martin Khechara, Lecturer in Biomedical Science (Microbiology) and Fellow of Public Engagement for Science, Engineering and Maths (STEM) at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Our aim is to make science less highbrow by taking it into the heart of our community and performing it in a way that people can easily understand. 

“At our next informal gathering we will be looking a bit closer at what happens when we die. So much happens to our bodies when we kick the bucket, even our hair and nails carry on growing. Death is just such a taboo subject even in today’s modern society it’s an ideal topic for the hard-core science re-public audience.

“We have guest speakers lined up from the university to talk about the science of decomposition and what creepy crawlies move in one were 6 feet under.  We’ve also got a consultant pathologist from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust to share with us how our body parts are processed in the lab to help us diagnose disease. It’s really going to be an event for those with a strong stomach so make sure you have your evening meal before you come!"

The Science Shack team will be at The Cuban Exchange on Thursday 2nd March 2017 from 7.00 pm until 9.30 pm and the event is open to anyone over 18.  For more information about the Faculty of Science & Engineering, check out the website and for more information about Science Shack, check them out on YouTube  and follow them on Twitter @ScienceShack.

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Date Issued: 8th February 2017

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