• When: Thursday 23 September 2021 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Admission: Admission Free
  • Booking: No booking required (drop-in)
  • This event will be held online:


Enzymes are the little helpers in many of activities we take for granted, from washing dishes or clothes to degrading plastics. Most of these extremely useful small molecules that are found in everyday products have not really been developed in nature to be manufactured and used in consumer goods. Instead they have been evolved.

In nature, the processes of selection towards new properties can take a long time, much too long to be able to optimise and integrate them into industrial applications.

In this activity, we invite you to a virtual lab visit hosted on social media (with Q&A) to explore how researchers at the University of Glasgow use small drops in microchips to evolve enzymes in minutes. These products can be used to create new medicines, an effort that requires scientists across Europe, some of whom we will meet in this session! Tune into the Explorathon Instagram account (@ernscot) to attend this live session.

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