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Dirty Parenting? Exploring ‘good’ germs and ‘bad’ germs in your child’s microbiome

What’s on offer?

Come and join us to explore your child’s microbiome! Create a body map of your child and explore your understanding of how microbes in our internal environment play a key role in our health. The activity takes 20-30 minutes to complete. At the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

What’s it about?

How do microbes get into and out of your body? Which bits of your body provide the best habitat for microbes? Are these microbes good for you, bad for you, or completely indifferent to you?  How can we encourage the ‘good’ germs and discourage or get rid of the ‘bad’ ones? Find out what you know - or what you think you know - in this fascinating hands-on session.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Beth Greenhough, Dr Maaret Jokela-Pansini and Professor Jamie Lorimer, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Open to

Open to families with children aged 4-10 years (older siblings are welcome to participate).

Of particular interest to

Of interest to families with young children. 

Event Booking details

This drop-in event will take place in the open plan Lecture Theatre of the Pitt Rivers Museum. Entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum is via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. Once inside the Museum of Natural History, walk straight past the dinosaurs and take a left at the statue of Darwin - that's where you will find the Pitt Rivers' arched door. Come down the steps and you'll see our welcome desk.