For the public

For the Public

Am not I A fly like thee? Or art not thou A man like me?

(from “The Fly” by W. Blake, 1794)

Invertebrate model organisms such as the fruit fly Drosophila are essential pillars in the process of scientific discovery. For over 100 years, Drosophila has been spearheading biological research with great success. It has been contributing countless genes, mechanisms, processes and fundamental concepts, many of them evolutionary conserved and fuelling research in higher animals – ultimately, also to understand and cure diseases.In schools, Drosophila offers fantastic means as a modern teaching tool to explain curriculum-relevant concepts of biology to pupils and students, reaching far beyond its traditional uses in classical genetics lessons, as is explained in greater detail in this blog post and on the droso4schools website.

  • You wonder why so many researchers work with Drosophila? Check the “Why the fly?” tab as well as the droso4schools “Why fly?” page.
  • You want to use flies for your teaching or host a fly event at your school? Check the Teachers and schools tab.
  • You want to go public with flies or see our events? Check the Outreach activities tab.

Interested in working in schools?

We offer internships “Introducing the fruit fly Drosophila as a modern teaching tool” for students interested in working in schools. The aim is to develop curriculum-relevant lessons involving the use of Drosophila and is based on a clear rationale. In 2015, we ran a highly successful 3 month PIPS placement scheme for 2 BBSRC DTP students which resulted in a number of free-to-download school lessons, as is explained in more detail on our dedicated droso4school website. If you want to apply for the 2015/16 period, please, feel free to contact us.

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