Post-16: planning an expedition

4. After your visit: review what you learnt

Review what you learnt from the Cocoon experience and start your own expedition plan.

Task: as a class, discuss the following:

  • Did you ask the scientists any questions?
  • What surprised you most?
Expedition Plan

In pairs, look at your expedition plan.

  • What information can you add?
  • What information do you still need to collect?

For links to help you finish your plan, select the tab below for the disease you are studying.



In order to justify your trip, you will need to explain why malaria is a problem. Often, scientists have to write to ask for funding, to trusts such as Wellcome or GlaxoSmithKline. Often, pharmaceutical companies fund research into disease. The sort of evidence that could be used as justification would be statistical data, or papers written by other scientists.

Abstract summary

Read an abstract of the real scientific paper below. What did the authors find out about the four species of mosquito? You might want to refer to this article in your proposal.

Read abstract of Anopheles maculipennis complex in Greece paper.

A day in the life of a Museum scientist

Watch an 8-minute video of Museum scientist Yvonne Linton in the link below and then decide what equipment you will need to pack for the expedition.

Watch the day in the life of a Museum entomologist video

Mosquito species

Follow the link below to a map of the distribution of different Anopheles species and then choose which species you want to study.

View map showing global distribution of Anopheles species

Travel and insurance costs

Search on the internet to find out likely costs for travel and medical insurance.

Next step: submit your plan


Follow the link below to read a description of a real Museum science project:

Systematics of Spanish sandflies, vectors of leishmaniasis, and the role of the Strait of Gibraltar in their evolution

Have you chosen a suitable location to gather specimens?


Leishmaniasis has implications for veterinary research as well. Read the project outline above carefully. What could be a problem if sandflies become more prevalent?

Follow the link below and read the news article:

Will climate change bring more disease?

Why might this start to be relevant to wider range of countries?


You will need to do an internet search to find out likely costs for travel and medical insurance.

Next step: submit your plan

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