You Give Me Fever

Aedes albopictus taking a blood meal

Feeling the fever? Get the buzz!

The war against mosquito-borne viruses is a fascinating scientific story of invasive blood-suckers, biological warfare, beneficial bacteria, quad bikes, helicopters and the plant pots in your backyard. From retro to techno “You Give Me Fever” is Inspiring Australia’s first Cafe Scientifique for 2013 delivered in partnership with Queensland Museum, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday March 20, 2013
When: 5-8pm
Where: Queensland Museum South Bank
Who: Dr Jonathan Darbro, Research Officer at Queensland Institute of Medical Research Mosquito Control Laboratory
Jon conducts scientific research leading to better mosquito control and the prevention of human diseases. He is passionate about ecological understanding and management of mosquito control issues. With the global increase in mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, and an increased risk of insecticide resistance, research into alternative methods of mosquito control is critical. Jon assesses strains of fungus for mosquito control and is a member of an international research group that investigates the use of Wolbachia, an endosymbiotic bacteria that lives in mosquitoes and blocks transmission of many viruses. This is a biological method for dengue control in Australia, Vietnam and other countries. Jon’s works with Monash University, CSIRO, The University of Queensland, James Cook University and Penn State University.

          James Hardy, Research Assistant at Queensland Institute of Medical Research Mosquito Control Laboratory
          Mike Muller, Medical Entomologist at Brisbane City Council
What: Put the past under a microscope as you examine Dengue mosquito specimens from the Queensland Museum’s collection, ask the expert panel about the current research and technologies being used to control mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland, feed one of the world’s biggest mosquito, jiggle a wriggler, and get a measure of how attractive or repulsive you are (to mosquitoes!).

This is a FREE event but places are limited. Register now so you don’t miss out!

Tweet your mosquito questions @ScientificAimee before the event to have them answered on the night by the panel of experts.

Additional Information

“You Give Me Fever” will begin from 5pm in the INVENTory with fever tunes, historic mosquito specimens and Culicidae artwork. Collectors Cafe will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, hot and cold snacks.

The panel of mosquito control experts will brief you on their work from 6pm in the Theatre, with time to ask your burning questions.  James Hardy will talk about what makes mosquitoes tick, Mike Muller will share how the Brisbane City Council manages mosquitoes and disease transmission, and Dr Jonathan Darbro will discuss the research being done in his laboratory to control mosquito-borne diseases in Brisbane.

After the discussion there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase in the foyer while you mingle with the panel, look down a microscope, feed mosquito larvae to one of the world’s largest mosquito and test your mosquito attraction and repulsion knowledge.

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