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How to confirm an outbreak: An interactive, hands-on session for budding disease detectives

1:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday 23 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Alison Richard Building, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road, CB3 9DP

Have you ever wondered what is done to actually confirm the outbreak of a disease? ‘Disease detectives’ are the ones who investigate when there is an outbreak. All your schoolmates are vomiting? We’ve got you covered. Sniffles doing the rounds in your family? We can sort that out as well. Zombies? Why not.

In this interactive and hands-on workshop, epidemiologist Dr Charlotte Hammer will take participants through each step of the process based on what the real experts do in such situations. Participants will take on the role of the outbreak investigators, and learn essential skills covering outbreak management as well as basic epidemiological concepts and calculations. This workshop is suitable for all, and is family-friendly. Participants do not need healthcare expertise to take part – just their curiosity and a problem-solving mindset.

Organisers: Dr Charlotte Hammer and Dr Saleyha Ahsan.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

For further details please visit the CRASSH website: or email:

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk, Family Weekend, Workshop
Timing: In person
Cost: free
Theme: Discovery, Society, Health
Accessibility: Lift, Full access, Accessible toilet, Step-free access
Image copyright: Kristine Wook via Unsplash

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