How do we see the unseeable? How are scientists shining a light on cancer? How can laser beams be used as tweezers and scissors?

Light is all around us and it is being used in incredible ways in medicine and biology. Light can be used to image microscopic objects such as cells, bacteria and small organisms. In healthcare, light can be used to treat a number of medical conditions, such as certain types of cancer. Light is also a useful research tool. Laser beams can be used to trap and move tiny objects and to punch holes in them.

Upcoming events:
Previous events:
Explorathon 18, 29th September 2018

Over 400 visitors to Explorathon 18 at Dundee Science Centre investigated how light is changing the way we look at biology and medicine.

Fife Science Festival, 2nd June 2018

Visitors to Science Adventure at Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Saturday 2nd June enjoyed activities demonstrating light, microscopes, and optical trapping at our Seeing Life through a New Light event, as part of Fife Science Festival 2018.

PI: Seeing Life through a New Light, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, 15th July 2017

Over 900 visitors at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester on Saturday 15th July enjoyed activities including the “Orange juice challenge”, making pin-hole cameras, performing pepper-oscopies, and learning about light, microscopes, displays, and optical trapping at our Seeing Life through a New Light event.