REGISTRATION FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ESCAPADES IN SCIENCE CONFERENCE (25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MICHAEL SMITH WINNING THE NOBEL PRIZE EDITION )
This is for the high school conference to be held on Tuesday, October 2nd (from 8:30am to about 3pm). Full details cab ve found at
We will try to confirm your status within 3 days of submission of your registration details. Confirmation of your stream will occur closer to the date of the conference, but we will ensure every effort to get you your preference.
Other (note that we'll be giving preference to Grade 11s and 12s)
Teacher (please email if you want to bring your class! mailto:
Name of School:
Parental Permissions for photography?
Yes (note that there is a form you will need to bring that your parents need to sign - see below)
This form can be downloaded at
(note that the "coordinating unit" is the Michael Smith Laboratories).
Lab Activities Stream Preference (see below for full details)
Michael Smith Laboratories
Life Science Centre (Department of Microbiology and Immunology)
Note that the two available streams are as follows (subject to changes):
Stream 1 at the Michael Smith Laboratories:
1. Genomic DNA Isolation (host: GenomeBC): Students will perform a standard genomic DNA isolation from their own cheek cells, such that they will have a sample that they can take home. Discussions around concepts of genomics will also be entertained.
2. Microbial Biodiversity Lab (host: David Ng): Students will use dissecting microscopes to explore the microbial world found within a riparian ecosystem (and help Dave obtain images of various organisms for a card game to be used by the public school community). Discussions will revolve around microbial biodiversity with both an emphasis on ecology as well as introduction of concepts around microbiome analysis.
3. Tour of the Michael Smith Laboratories (host: MSL): Students will be broken into smaller groups and will be given a guided tour through some of the research labs within the MSL.
Stream 2 at the Life Science Center:
1. Cell Culture Lab: Students will be guided through a variety of wet lab exercises where they will have an opportunity to delve into the world of tissue culture.
This includes an introduction to the methodology around flow cytometry (a technique that can sort cells based on specific characteristics).
2. Imaging Lab: Students will participate in a microscopy section that will involve both techniques in epifluorescence and confocal imaging (a kind of microscopy technique that allows generation of 3 dimensional images).
3. Informal Q&A with graduate students on research life as well as discussions around the evidence based thinking and the problem of fake news.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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