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A Day in the Life of Testing for Coronavirus

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  • Start time: 10:30 End time: - 11:15
  • Event Location: Online
  • Event Type: Public Event
Aaron Ferron

Experience a day in the life of a virus scientist in this livestreamed event for all the family, hosted by BBC presenter Greg Foot. Crick scientist Aaron normally works on a type of virus called retroviruses, but has recently been busy helping test local hospital staff for coronavirus. Find out what it’s like to study viruses and what helping out with testing for coronavirus has been like. Bring your curiosity along – you’ll have the opportunity to ask our scientist questions during the event! 

This event is suitable for families with primary-school aged children.  

There is no need to book a ticket, but if you would like a reminder email about the event please sign up via Eventbrite. Alternatively, just head to our YouTube or Facebook page at 10.30 (BST - UK time). 

Greg Foot is a Science Journalist on BBC TV & Radio, a successful podcaster, an experienced event & awards host, a public engagement trainer, and Creative Director of sciencemedia.studio 

Aaron Ferron is a Laboratory Research Scientist at the Francis Crick Institute who studies retroviruses, ancient viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago and now make up about eight per cent of our DNA. Since lockdown began, Aaron has been helping out with the coronavirus testing pipeline at the Crick – which tests local hospital staff for COVID-19.  

Feeling curious? Put your questions to one of our other scientists throughout August or join our other live-streamed event.