Our Covid-19 Volunteers

Following a call from the Microbiology Society to support with COVID testing, BGS geomicrobiologists will be using their skills to help with the increase in medical testing. A member of the communications team is also on a secondment to the Department of Health Covid-19 Communications Taskforce, supporting the national testing programme.

Since lockdown began, staff have been coordinating efforts to donate PPE items from the BGS laboratories to local hospitals and GP surgeries. 16,000 pairs of disposable gloves, as well as aprons, lab coats and face masks.

Following appeals to staff, over 1,500 sheets of acetate have been passed by the BGS to the local Parish Council, who are supporting front line workers at Nottingham Hospitals by turning them into face shields.

BGS data scientist Alex Hall took part in a remote hackathon geared towards helping the current pandemic. Run by a London-based company called Mindstream-AI, he teamed up with data scientists and medical experts from around the UK to find ways of adapting code that we normally use for geology to be used for medical purposes. Read about his experience on Geoblogy.