On Wednesday, 11 August 2010, the department of Microbiology hosted a successful annual schools day in collaboration with the departments of Genetics and Biochemistry. Almost ninety Grade 11 and Grade 12 pupils from 7 high schools (including Kylemore, President, De Kuilen, Bishop Lavis, Henshilwood, Hugenot, Le Rochelle) came to visit the departments.

The postgraduate students of the Microbiology department enthusiastically partook in the informative talks and displays of the research activities in our department. The focus was “keep it simple, but practical”, sharing valuable information and experience as postgraduates with these future BSc students.

Topics covered included our department’s research focus on biomining, lactic acid bacteria, bacteriocins, nanotechnology, probiotics, yeast and fungal ecology, biofuels, bioprospecting as well as information about the admission requirements, the application process and academic programme structure offered by the Faculty of Science. Practical examples of the end products of our research,  such as the tea bag water purifier, were a hit amongst the pupils (as they have all seen it in the media), showing them the day-to-day impact microbiologists have on society.

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