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After Hours: Body Wars

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Thursday 23 March 2017, 18:30 - 22:00


Release your inner child…


Body Wars

Molecular detectives will be exploring how the body fights diseases at this Admiral After Hours evening, organised in partnership with Cardiff University. Here’s the line-up:

Body Wars

What things can harm our body? How does our body protect us? In this fun and interactive workshop, explore how germs and viruses can invade the body and how the body fights them to keep us healthy.

Molecular Detectives

From medicines to meteorites, from ancient artefacts to mobile phones, from jet engines to nanotechnology, more and more our world is being shaped by the study of crystallography.
In this workshop, you will get the chance to investigate crystallography, one of the most important methods used in scientific and technological research today.

How x-ray crystallography saved your life and sent you to the Moon

Most of the cells in our body function by using molecules called ‘receptors’, which act like the eyes and ears of the cell, allowing it to sense its environment. In order to see what they look like, we use X-ray protein crystallography, a technique that has played a pivotal role in: sending humans to the moon, making medicines, solving the structure of DNA, or even understanding why lobsters turn pink when you cook them!


  • Becoming involved in research (Dr Lewis Evans)
  • Mutiple sclerosis: stripping the brain (Dr Joanne Welton)
  • The Spartan school of immune soldiers (Dr Raya Ahmed)
  • Could viruses be good for you? (Dr Simone Cuff)
  • Death by defence (Dr Matt Morgan)
  • Allergy myth-busting (Dr James Hindley)
  • Turning the pressure up on cancer (Prof Andrew Sewell)


Hungry? Our friends at Bwydiful are bringing their amazing artisan street food. Find them on the waterside of the building.

Fully licensed bar

With no kids around, we can offer beer, cider and wine for purchase… will that glass of wine make the puzzles even more difficult to solve?

The small print

Please note that After Hours is only for those aged 18 and over. After Hours is a very popular event and entry is subject to a maximum capacity. Spaces for all special events are allocated on a first come, first served basis subject to availability and popular events will sell out quickly, so please arrive early to minimise the chance of disappointment. Some events may incur a small additional charge to attend. A ‘Challenge 21’ policy is operated for admission and at the bar, so please bring ID with you if you are lucky enough to look under 21!

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