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

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 23 July

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

There are 6 million parasite species on the planet, 9 million insect species, and if you were to add up all the insects in the world it would come to around 10 quintillion! This is a bug’s world. And as we go about our everyday lives and want to explore more exotic holiday destinations further afield, one thing is inevitable, we are going to encounter them – the good, the bad and the ugly. 
Through fascinating demonstrations, including a live insect dissection, and interactive experiments, James Logan will reveal the lives of the bugs we encounter when on holiday, the ground-breaking science behind the control of the deadly diseases they transmit, and 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. 


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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