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Image of the Week: Celebrating science

17 Oct, 2014

Evening Standard The 1000 event 2014

Last night the grounds of Crick Institute played host to an event celebrating scientific ambition and global humanitarianism in the capital. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside the Crick Institute, this year’s Evening Standard list of the 1000 most influential Londoners had a special focus on science. Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Crick Institute, welcomed guests and spoke of his hopes for the institute (opening in 2015) to become a global hub for science collaboration.

This week’s image above shows of one of the science-based entertainments, from the evening. An installation enabling guests to get an answer to the question “Am I attractive?”

There was no danger of causing offence since the judges of “attractiveness” were hungry mosquitoes, contained in the orb and cube shown above. Putting your hand in special slots enabled the mosquitoes to detect chemicals in your sweat and if they liked what they found they moved in close to take a bite.

Thankfully a mesh barrier prevented partygoers from getting bitten, even if they were particularly attractive to captive mosquitoes!

This year’s list, described by Trust director Jeremy Farrar as a good way of “celebrating the connectivity of people from all walks of life”, includes a number of Trust staff and researchers.

We would like to congratulate all those from the Wellcome community who have been recognised on the list – including UCL’s Dr Molly Crockett, Prof Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Prof Nazneen Rahman from the Institute of Cancer Research, together with our director Dr Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust Chair Sir Bill Castell and head of investments, Danny Truell.

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  1. 22 Oct, 2014 2:31 pm

    Recognising great science is so important so it’s great to read of events like this, And I love the installation with the mosquitos.

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