The annual Christmas lectures will be taking place this year on 11 December at 9.30am and 1.30pm. Academic colleagues from the University's Department of History and Cultures and School of Medical and Dental Sciences, will be delivering two exciting and educational talks aimed at Year 7 and Year 8 students. These lectures will have a focus on the current international themes of viruses and pandemics.
The Pandemics of Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Dr Shirley Ye, Department of History and Cultures
Timings: 9.30am, 11 December 2020
How long have viruses and pandemics been around for? Is the current pandemic any different from those of the past? In this lecture, Dr Shirley Ye will take you on a tour through history to investigate how human societies have coped with past pandemics, with a special focus on the bubonic plague in Asia in the 19th and early 20th century. Are there any lessons that could have been learnt from history in how we deal with the current pandemic or are we destined to make the same mistakes in the future? What have rulers and governments done in the past that is both good and bad, and are there any similarities to how today’s world leaders have dealt with the covid-pandemic?
What Do Santa And The Coronavirus Have In Common?
Speaker: Charles Cooper, School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Timings: 1.30pm, 11 December 2020
Could Father Christmas be a COVID-19 super spreader? After eating all those mince pies, is Father Christmas in the risk group of developing complications if he catches the virus? If Father Christmas becomes infected because he has not observed social distancing, will we have to cancel Christmas when he goes into quarantine? These and many other questions will be answered in this fun and educational lecture, with a Christmas twist.
This lecture will take you on a journey into the world of the virus, tiny biological entities which can have deadly consequences. What have scientists discovered about this new mutated strain of the SARS virus? How have scientists have discovered how it spreads and developed tests to detect it? We will also investigate what scientists are doing to protect Father Christmas by developing different types of vaccines in order to bring the pandemic to an end so we do not have to cancel Christmas. By the end of this lecture, participants will have a better understanding of what viruses are, the different types of viruses and the diseases they cause including an exploration of the SARS-Cov-2 virus which is at the heart of the current Coronavirus pandemic.