SIDE was proud to host Nobel Prize winner, Professor Barry Marshall and UWA Professor Andy Whiteley to launch the new MicroBlitz mobile app, and explain why they want SIDE students to get out there and dig for DNA.

MicroBlitz Live

MicroBlitz Live

Webcast

Webcast

The Professors launched the app in a webcast with SIDE students from all over Western Australia - and beyond. The webcast is now available for viewing in the gallery above.

While they were here, Olympic Medallist and former SIDE student, Tamsin Cook, conducted an interview with the two scientists, which we’ll be publishing in this site soon.

MicroBlitz is a citizen science project at the University of Western Australia. It’s a live and interactive scientific research project where everyday people can join the team. Once people have been trained on how to take a soil sample they can go out into the field and collect samples to send back to specialised labs at UWA where the DNA of the microbes living in the soil can be extracted and analysed.

SIDE is committed to ensuring our most remote students can participate in a full range of learning opportunities.