In addition to the planned workshop activity, core members of the team have also been involved in a series of dissemination activities in support of promoting and extending the Visinvis research project.
British Science Festival
In September 2012 the Visinvis team were involved in the British Science Festival. For the purpose of this involvement, the team provided a 90 minute workshop with members of the public. During this time, participants were also provided with a 20 minute microbiology presentation from Dr AnneMarie Karcher (Consultant Microbiologist and Lead Infection Prevention and Control Doctor). This presentation gave participants context through an historical overview as well as outlining the environmental ecology and microbiology of pathogens within medical and surgical ward settings.
Following on from this participants were provided with the same materials as had been given to those in attendance during the workshop activity and invited to produce their own pathogen models.
These models were then taken to the clinical ward training area (used to train prospective nurses at Robert Gordon University), where they were able to position them in the places they would expect to find pathogens in a medical ward setting.
Example of pathogens created and positioned by participants during the British Science Festival
Research Method Lecture
Team members have also been involved in conducting a lecture with students studying for a MSc Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee. This lecture was designed to provide students with an insight into a research study with a visual output, in addition to the type of research methods associated with this study.
During this lecture, students were provided with an overview of the Visinvis project and shown the visualisations created in response to the data gathered.
They were also invited to take part in the same ‘making activity’ participants were involved in during the workshop activity and the British Science Festival.
Example of Pathogen Models created by students at the University of Dundee