SotF 2015 – Young Scientists, New Research

Tuesday 11 August 2015, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG


We were inspired by Seth and Fern when we heard them talk about their research earlier this year and the Fringe is the perfect platform for more people to find out what these two young scientists are doing.

Fern Sinclair Seth Amanfo
Dancing Our Way to New Biodegradable Materials Midges, Mosquitoes and Malaria
Medical devices, cars, clothes, toys, kettles, toothbrushes… Everyday commodities that we all take for granted. Everyday objects that are sourced from petroleum resources. Resources that are running out. Resources that contribute to global waste build-up and can cause serious detriment to the environment and wildlife. The development of new to the world biodegradable materials is key. With a simple dance this research can be explained. So join us to see how traditional ceilidh dancing transfers to science.


Fern Sinclair

Fern Sinclair

Fern’s passion for Science began during her school years in Aberdeenshire. She went on to graduate with a first class Master of Chemistry degree from the University of Edinburgh which included one years industrial experience in the USA.

Following graduation, Fern was awarded a prestigious Principal Scholarship from the University which provides four years fully funded research and focuses on entrepreneurial development. She is currently in the second year of her PhD working for Dr Michael Shaver of the green materials laboratory.

To date, Fern has won various entrepreneurial competitions including the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Young Innovators Challenge, the SIE’s New Business Ideas and Edinburgh University Bioquarter Challenge.

Seth’s talk is about Malaria, a disease of significant public health interest in sub-Saharan Africa and other tropical countries.Malaria is a periodic fever which kills. It kills over a million annually in sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 2/3rds of cases are in children under the age of 15. Maternal Malaria is associated with 200,000 estimated infant deaths every year.It’s an ancient disease, the parasite has been in existance for 50-100,000 years but its population didn’t increase until people started farming, 10,000 years ago.Seth will focus on giving a general overview of the disease, current diagnostic tools and limitations and gliding into how his research is centred on developing alternative diagnostic tools for detecting the different species of Plasmodium that cause infection.


Seth is a citizen of Ghana and is currently undertaking a PhD research at the University of Edinburgh on malaria.

Seth Amanfo

Seth Amanfo

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