University of Leicester eBulletin

Beating the Superbugs

August 2002
No 171

Ever since we began to realise that bacteria were capable of developing resistance to antibiotics the world has seemed a less safe place.   Can superbugs really herald the end of life as we know it?

Not if the world’s medical scientists have anything to do with it.

University of Leicester experts, among others, will be talking about strategies to beat the miniature menace, from iron to DNA, at the BA Festival of Science to be held at the University between 9-13 September 2002.

Quality of life is this year’s theme for the BA Festival, which is the UK’s biggest science festival, held annually at different universities throughout the country.    This year’s event will attract 400 top international scientists and science communicators and reveal the latest developments in research.  

A total of 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at the University, as well as thousands of students of all ages and members of the public interested in science.

The Festival returns to the University of Leicester for the third time since 1921, during a year in which the University is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

To find out more about the BA Festival of Science or to book to come along and take part, see the website: or contact  0207 973 3052.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from the BA website,, or from the University of Leicester Press Office, telephone 0116 252 2415, facsimile 0116 252 2485, email

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