Science Museum Lates

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 25th Apr 2018

This month's Science Museum Lates explores the rise of the superbug.

Today superbugs kill almost 700,000 people a year, and by 2050 this figure could rise to 10 million. Discover how bacteria have adapted to fight back against antibiotics and the fascinating research taking place to combat the resistance and save lives.

Enter a dystopian world where antibiotics no longer exist with short film Catch, or create your own comic against the backdrop of an antibiotic apocalypse with Surgeon X. Help save the world by taking part in antibiotic research or try your luck at the most dangerous game in the world with Superbugs Arcade and see if you can stay alive until 2050.

Full events:

Superbugs: The Inside Story

Thanks to antibiotics, millions of people each year are cured of previously untreatable bacterial diseases. But bacteria have fought back, evolving into superbugs resistant to even our most powerful antibiotics. Join us for a theatrical experience by Shionogi that explores the key resistance mechanisms superbugs use to fight antibiotics.

The Contagion Cabaret

Killer germs, pestilent plagues and global pandemics have fascinated writers for centuries. Join us for an inventive illustration of infection using extracts from music and plays.

The Infection Experience

Imagine being infected with a superbug not knowing how to find the right treatment or how to protect others if the infection spreads. Through the Infection Experience, you can track your own management and pathway to treatment. But hurry, the clock is ticking...


Enter a world without antibiotics – a parent’s worst nightmare – in Catch, a short fictional film that explores antibiotic resistance through the story of a father and daughter quarantined in their home in a post-antibiotic world.

The World Of Surgeon X

Surgeon X is a comics series set against the backdrop of an antibiotic apocalypse in near-future London. See the art and meet the creators, train with a renegade team of surgeons and nurses, and create a comic about how you think the superbugs crisis will end. With comics artists Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher.

Swab And Send

With antimicrobial resistance jeopardising modern medicine as we know it, new drugs are urgently needed. You can help by taking part in one of the UK’s largest citizen science projects to discover new antibiotics.

Mega Magnification

Be transported into the hidden world of bacteria. Use VR to shrink yourself, meet mighty bacteria proteins and reveal their microscopic secrets.

Superhero Arcade

Try your luck at the Superhero Arcade. Attempt to survive the most dangerous game in the world using just your skin as a shield and see if you can stay alive until 2050.

Mini Longitude Prize Challenge

The Longitude Prize is a £10 million challenge that asks teams to create a new diagnostic test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The new test must be small enough to work at the bedside, easy to use, tell us what bacteria are present and if there are resistant superbugs, all within 30 minutes. Can you build an effective prototype?

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance In India

Join the Longitude Prize for the launch party of a new short film about antibiotic resistance in India as the filmmakers speak to doctors, patients, scientists and politicians to discover what diagnostic solutions are in the pipeline.


Join e-Bug, Public Health England and their Bogey Busters for a dramatic demonstration of how infection and microbes spread when you sneeze – featuring a real-life bogey blaster! Or find out more about the world of poo in the gut lab, where e-Bug will demonstrate the effect of antibiotics on our gut microbiota.

Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives

Explore exhibition Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives after-hours and discover how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the superbugs.

Decoys, Distraction And Resistance

Dodge the decoys to explore how bacteria uses tactics to evade antibiotics. Try your hand at bacterial ‘DNA Jenga’ and spin the wheel of microbial resistance.

Battling The Bugs

Lock and load for an antibiotic arms race! In this fast and furious shooting-gallery game from Imperial College, discover why bacteria can be treated by antibiotics but viruses can’t, and build your very own bug to take home.

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Embark on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. With Tim Peake as your guide, retrace the 400 km high-speed journey back to Earth from the International Space Station.

Cost: Free of Charge

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