Are you bug body ready? How to survive parasites and insects

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 23 July

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Prof James Logan

    Credit: James Logan
  • Credit: Virvoreanu-Laurentiu via pixabay


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

A must-see live event perfect for anyone interested in science, innovation, travel health or for those simply heading off on their holidays, this talk, through a series of fascinating and interactive demonstrations (including a live insect dissection!) will delve into the lives of the bugs we encounter when on holiday and the ground breaking science being developed to control the sometimes deadly diseases they transmit.


Prof James Logan will take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery by exploring why for instance some people get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Using live mosquitoes, you’ll be given the opportunity to find out how attractive you are to these creatures and James will demonstrate the science behind this phenomenon and how his team is exploiting it to develop revolutionary ways to protect against mosquitoes. Using ground breaking techniques, it may even one day lead to the development of a novel, non-invasive diagnostic test for malaria, based on the detection of human body odour by smart-watches and even dogs. The not to be missed talk will navigate the good, the bad and the ugly of the insect world, will bust the myths behind how to protect yourself from bites and stings and will showcase the truth about how to stay safe when on holiday.

About the speaker

James Logan is the Head of the Department of Disease Control and Director of the Arthropod Control Product Test Centre (ARCTEC). He is Principal Investigator of a large research portfolio investigating novel ways to control arthropod vectors that transmit pathogens of medical importance, including Zika, malaria and dengue. James ia the UK's leading expert on insect repellents and methods of personal protection against arthropod vectors. Through chemical ecology studies, his research group explores the complex interaction between arthropod vectors, vertebrate hosts and pathogens at the behavioural, olfactory and molecular level. The Logan group also investigates the mode of action of new (and current) monitoring and control technologies for arthropods, using in-house state-of-the-art experimental equipment including electroantennography, single sensillum recording, gas chromatography, RT-PCR and behavioural olfactometry, as well as Category 3 facilities which allow complex malaria infection studies with Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes and Plasmodium falciparum parasites. The arctec laboratories, and well-stocked insectaries, house excellent facilities for the development and high-throughput evaluation of arthropod-related products and technologies for pest and vector control.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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