Food security - Going Bananas with the Eden Project RD464 / A01

Start date
15 Mar 18
1 Day
Eden Project, Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG View on Google Map


Food security is a rapidly expanding area of research to ensure that we can supply sufficient food for the earth’s population.  It can also mean how we ensure that we are eating what we think we are eating.


This event has been jointly developed by the Science team at the Eden Project, researchers from Exeter University and Cornwall SLP.  It shows how by using the context of fungal infection in bananas it is possible to address the concept of food security, which is a key area of content in the new GCSE Biology courses.  Using primary data gathered by researchers and lab techniques developed by the university and tested by CLEAPSS, students can explore and investigate how a valuable crop can be protected by sustainable farming methods.


The workshop will provide participants with research data to use with students to develop skills of analysis, details of practical activities suitable for school based work and targeted at GCSE apparatus and techniques skills and examples of questions that students can be challenged to answer, developing their capacity for the new GCSE exams.


This is a great opportunity to show students how cutting edge research impacts on human lives, how practical skills can be developed in an authentic context and how topical issues can also be used to prepare students for assessment.




Participants will be able to:

• develop and update their knowledge by engaging with scientists involved in cutting edge research

• use authentic contexts for the effective delivery of science content, and to deepen understanding of how science works, including controversies and ethical issues

• engage with active and inspiring teaching approaches and learning activities


Food security15 March 2018 09:15-16:00


Research Councils UK

Thanks to funding from the Research Councils UK (RCUK), all CPD which is part of the Bringing Cutting Edge Research into the Classroom programme qualifies for a bursary of up to £180 per day.   Bursaries are paid on the completion of the assessment of impact of the course, 6 to 8 weeks after the course has run.  

With funding and support from Research Councils UK, the Bringing Cutting Edge Research into the Classroom programme has been created with leading scientists to support the teaching of STEM subjects at GCSE and A level, delivered via the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, and working in partnership with leading researchers at the cutting edge of contemporary science. 


State-funded school or college£180.00 +VAT£180.00RCUK Bursary
Teachers or technicians working in state-funded schools or colleges in the UK are eligible for these bursaries which can be used to contribute to covering the cost of course fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, or equipment for your school. Find out more.
Fee-paying school or college (independent)£180.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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