Forskning til folket

Check out material delivered by Forskning til Folket (Science To The People) on behalf of the Influenza Centre. This initiative applies participatory theatre in science education and public dissemination.

 

(Norwegian)

Forskning Til Folket iscenesetter det som foregår inni kroppen, nærmere bestemt inni cellene, og lar oss få bekjentskap med den virkelig bitte lille biologien som knapt er synlig i mikroskop. Læring gjennom såkalt dramaforløp er ofte brukt i historie og samfunnsfag, det tillater publikum å anvende følelser i læringsprosessen. Forskning Til Folket anvender dramaforløp i naturfagsundervisningen slik at du kan forstå biologi og medisin med både hjerte og hjerne.

Hjemmeside: forskningtilfolket.w.uib.no

 

Podcasts (in Norwegian)

Researchers answer the questions you wonder and worry about in this pandemic.

Throughout the Corona Pandemic, Science To the People has conducted performances and lectures on virus and vaccines for schools and organizations in Western Norway and Oslo. This resulted in plenty of questions from the audience. In this podcast immunologists from University of Bergen answer the questions you have not dared or have not had the opportunity to ask about vaccines, your fear and severity of the Sars-CoV-2 virus.

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Lecture "Immunology on Flannel Board"

Offered to the general public (adults and young people), schools, organisations and work places.

Science To The People presents findings from the Bergen COVID-19 Research Group at the University of Bergen. I bring the flannel board and use it to explain why some people get very ill when infected with Sars-CoV2, while others experience no symptoms at all. Why can COVID-19 be dangerous for the elderly, while most children barely experience discomfort in the throat? Why should you bother to get vaccinated when you yourself are unlikely to get sick from the virus? This offer included lecture, theatre and film about COVID-19. Topics covered are antibodies, antigens, immune response and quackery in the time of the corona. But first and foremost, you have the opportunity to ask the questions everyone ponders on depending on the latest article in the newspaper, the current number of infections or the latest report on vaccines.

Pick and choose from the offers: films, lecture and Dr. Kvakk Salver.

The lecture can be performed in English or Norwegian.

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Theatre performances

of popular science on vaccines and immunology for children offered to schools and other organisations:

“Vilde Virus and the secret invasion of Laryngoland”

In this performance, we follow Vilde Virus as she tricks Elena Syntena. Vilde has just arrived into the world through a terrible sneeze, and is all by herself. She needs some virus mates. Elena’s Ribosome Dome can be used to create new virus copies, though only Elena knows how it works. But perhaps we can persuade Elena to operate the Ribosome Dome to serve Vilde? With the help of the audience, there is a chance that Vilde will succeed in tricking Elena Syntena to infect us all. The audience gets to play the role of newly created viruses. The new born virus generation enters into the audience to infect further, and this is how you create an epidemic. Viruses lure cells all over Laryngoland and the result is complete chaos.

Fortunately, this is only a theatre.

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"Vilde Virus and the Vindictive Vaccination"

Experience the encounter of a joyous little virus with ruthless immune defence soldiers searing with revenge. Vilde Virus finally meets her superior: The Vindictive Vaccination. The vaccination notifies the immune system about her arrival and provides combat training to all police cells. Then one lovely day when the virus bounces around in the bloodstream suspecting nothing, she suddenly gets arrested by police cells and imprisoned by Fagus Ferdinand who simply eats her. Tough luck for her, but good for us who don’t need to get sick. Who is the hero and who is the villain here?

In this performance we illustrate the basis of a vaccine. A lab-coated vaccine researcher from the audience gets to pick Vilde Virus apart and make a vaccine out of her. A nurse is allowed to prick somebody’s skin with a monumental syringe. Science To The People plays the role of a dishevelled professor who organizes drafting and training of young aspiring immune cells. They are responsible of defending our body against invading organisms. The audience makes up an army and attacks Vilde Virus when she least expects it. They send her directly to the great Fagus Ferdinand, who devours her. End of story, there is nothing left of her. A real tragedy, but no scarier than the kids make it on their own.

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Short films

about viruses and the immune system. The films are in Norwegian with English texting.

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Board game "The Pandemic is over..."

Or is this when it starts? The measures no longer apply. The majority of the population will face the virus at some point during 2022, equipped with a double or triple dose vaccine. Thus, the pandemic is over for most of us. Only with the exception of people at risk, the elderly, those with immunodeficiency, and oh, people outside Europe and the United States who are still waiting for their first vaccine dose. Maybe it is not completely over after all.

To help the population through the pandemic, the Influenza Center at University of Bergen offers a board game on the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the game, we spread scientific knowledge about vaccines, SARS-CoV-2 and immunology. But first and foremost, players get to experience and understand multiple stories from the pandemic. We are all affected differently either by being infected by the virus or affected by the measures against the virus. You can experience the pandemic through the eyes of children and young people, people at risk, the elderly, anti-vaxxers, bar staff, teachers and health workers.

The pandemic is not over until it is over for everyone.

The game can be made in English upon request.

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Read more about the game here.

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