During the first contract of HPRU EZI, the researchers at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health England, in conjunction with the organisation's Public Engagement teams, have run various engagement activities. Activities include running interactive stalls at science festivals, hosting workshops for schools, arranging laboratory visits, giving talks and much more.
Our highlights 2014-2019
'Rudolph the Sneezing Reindeer' - Christmas Lecture
In December 2018, Professor Alan Radford with the help of Santa and Rudolph ran a lecture for children to learn about germs, what they are and how they can make you poorly. The lecture finishes with some simple practical tips for children on how they can stop themselves (and their friends) getting ill.
The team have also created a Christmas Jingle video and a factsheet on 'Christmas Infections' for teachers and parents to discuss with children after watching the video.
The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health have started a monthly Podcast covering a range of topics specifically looking at its cutting edge research on infectious diseases and global health.
Ellen Murphy, HPRU EZI student talked about 'Viruses in Wild Rodents - Why do we monitor them?'
Charlotte Robin, HPRU EZI student discusses her research on: 'Pets, Rats and Farm Rats - Why are they viewed differently?'.
Professor Matthew Baylis, HPRU EZI theme leader, chats about The One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa, or HORN project, a collaboration between UK and African institutions to research One Health problems in the Horn of Africa.
Tom Heap from BBC Countryfile looks at what is being done to fight lyme disease, a debilitating illness that affects up to 3,000 people a year and is often transmitted through a single bite from an infected tick.
Professor Matthew Baylis, NIHR HPRU EZI theme leader, goes tick-hunting and discusses the HPRU's research on ticks and how we aim to raise awareness by producing a UK wide map of highly prone tick areas.
To catch the episode and learn more about ticks and Lyme disease visit the BBC iplayer:
To fast forward to the clip on ticks, go to 06.18 - 13.15.
Primary School Resources
Following successful pilot outreach workshops in local primary schools and HPRU EZI pump-prime funding, our members Emma Bennett and Hannah Williams (Public Health England) have developed loanable rucksack resources to support teaching and learning and the delivery of public health messages to children in a fun and appealing way. These resources were launched in July 2018.
Two rucksack resource packs have been created: “Operation Outbreak” (Key Stage 2) and Tricky Ticks” (Key Stages 1 and 2); each containing: curriculum-based lesson plans; slide packs; child-friendly summaries; non-consumable supporting equipment and digital resources.
Resources can be downloaded from the TES website: