Why the Fly?

Two weeks ago we organized a public outreach event in the Science Cafe of the University of Helsinki. Presenting were Essi Havula from Ville Hietakangas Lab, Martin Kracklauer from Osamu Shimmi Lab, and myself from Howy Jacobs Lab.

Essi Havula, myself and Martin Kracklauer

Each of us gave a 15-minute talk on why the hell scientists use fruit fly in their research and what results they got. Essi’s talk was in Finnish, followed by Martin’s and mine in English. Mine was about how neuroscientists made use of the fly.

A video of the talks is available online on the university website.

The talks were followed by an actual fly show! We had a microscope and wild-type flies with ourselves, and interested people from the audience did get a chance to see the flies.

We thank Toni Rönni from Think Corner for the opportunity and support.

Here are some instants from the event, courtesy of Selahattin Cin and Norman Zielke:

Selahattin Cin and Martin Kraclauer
Toni Rönni, Essi Havula, Martin Kracklauer and myself
This is when it was my turn on the stage. Sadly, a mistake in the legend on the slide is glaring in this photo: The red labelled neurons are designmated Class IV, and green ones are Class I.