13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The event will introduce the concept of biodiversity using examples from the invertebrate world. Using live specimens and interactive tools (e.g. desktop/usb digital microscopes), the event will also introduce the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ biodiversity (e.g. invertebrates that benefit us by providing important ‘ecosystem services’ such as pollination and waste disposal vs those that are detrimental to us, i.e. pests). Finally, the event will also cover how we can use ‘good’ biodiversity in the fight against ‘bad’, for example by pitching predatory mites against pests or developing novel pesticides from plants and fungi.