Event National Museum of Scotland

Spotlight On: Parasites

20 Feb 2020


Free, Ticketed

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Join curator Sophie Goggins to explore the fight to eliminate five parasitic tropical diseases and the role of research taking place in Scotland to do this.


Auditorium, Level 1, entry via Chambers Street

Booking information

Age 14+

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Malaria, Guinea Worm, Sleeping Sickness, Schistosomiasis and Leishmaniasis affect 1 in 18 people in the world. These five parasitic diseases are among a range which the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020.

Female malaria mosquito blood feeding © Sinclair Stammers/Reece

Female malaria mosquito blood feeding © Sinclair Stammers/Reece 

Boat with tsetse fly trap © Vincent Jamonneau IRD

Boat with tsetse fly trap © Vincent Jamonneau IRD

Testing in the field © C Faust

Testing in the field © C Faust

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


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We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • The Lothian Street entrance and Auditorium are wheelchair accessible, and there is access to an accessible toilet.
  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors.
  • Accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is also an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

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If you have any access requirements, please contact info@nms.ac.uk


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Header image: ‘Stumpy form’ trypanosomes required for disease transmission © University of Glasgow

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Parasites: Battle for Survival

Join the battle against five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in this interactive exhibition and discover how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.
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