Weekly round-up #176

BCG Adventures


Some exciting news for VALIDATE. As you know, VALIDATE has been developing a series of educational computer/video games called BCG Adventures. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of the BCG vaccine for humans so we are encouraging VALIDATE members to play the games and share them as widely as possible right now - www.validate-network.org/bcg-adventures

Who are the games for? - These games are for VALIDATE members, researchers and teachers who need a fun and unique resource that can engage young people with the often dry topics of immunology, vaccines and the history of science. The games are available for free and can be played either in a browser by anyone who wishes to play them. They will be both fun and informative for people of all ages but are specifically aimed at UK Key Stage 3 students (aged 11-14). The games are available online but can be downloaded and work as a useful tool for researchers who take part in science festivals and career fairs.

Play the games now!

Little Lille Adventure

Albert and Camille’s Little Lille Adventure is an exploration and adventure game in which you navigate characters around a map of occupied Lille in 1917. Players take the part of both Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin and interact with Lille's citizens to obtain the necessary supplies for their important vaccine research whilst avoiding soliders.

As the player collects each item, they will learn about the methods used to create BCG, and how vaccines work.


Vaccine Delivery Adventure gif

Vaccine Delivery Adventure is a classic side-scrolling action game where a healthcare worker has to overcome the challenges of delivering vaccines worldwide. Avoid local dogs, dangerous traffic and deliver the vaccine in different locations.

As the player progresses they will learn more and more about the BCG vaccine and the challenges of protecting communities against tuberculosis.


VALIDATE members get involved

  • Play the game and feedback: Members can play each game and let us know what you think either by completing the feedback forms on each page or emailing us - validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk
  • Spread the word: Let your friends and colleagues know and share the games widely on social media. You can find a number of screenshots, gifs and other promotional materials on the BCG Adventures Page.
  • Help develop the next game: We still plan to make two additional games over the summer and we need your help. VALIDATE members can get involved and advise on the science and educational content of the game - validate@ndm.ox.ac.uk


Oxford Immunotec Seminar

The next VALIDATE Indusry Seminar - Tomorrow, 14:00 BST

There is still time to register for tomorrow's VALIDATE Industry Seminar. In Tuberculosis Infection and T cell-Mediated Immunity, Dr Xiao from Oxford Immunotec will be discussing the Immunology of latent TB infection (LTBI) and active TB disease, the granuloma formation and T cell medicated immunity and the immunology behind T cell-mediated immunity tests.

Spread the word and register online today - www.validate-network.org/event/immunotec





You can find a list of all relevant external funding we've spotted for our members on our external funding page.

Training Opportunities and Events:

Find more training and events opportunities on our Training and Events pages.

Job Opportunities:

  • Research Assistant - Precision Vaccines Program, Boston Children's Hospital USA, deadline 31 July 2021

There are many more relevant career opportunities on our jobs page.



Check out our Publications Page for members' publications and email VALIDATE@ndm.ox.ac.uk if you have a paper you would like us to include.

Highlights on Twitter this week:

VALIDATE Fellow Dr Rachel Tanner talked about engaging young people with Frontiers for Young Minds, we shared an article about a vaccine trial against Bovine TB and one about TB skin tests for cattle. Game developer “The Dollar Game Store” shared a test version of VALIDATE’s Little Lille Adventure computer game, BSI reminded followers about the Veterinary Vaccinology Survey, and the BBC reported on the upcoming vote on UK foreign aid. Write that PhD shared a guide to writing scientific papers for non-English speakers and Nature careers had some advice for responding to a negative peer review. We continued our #BCG100Facts with infographics on the cost of TB, UN development goals, limitations of TB antibiotics, the links between TB and HIV, the importance of a vaccine, and latent TB. Follow @NetworkVALIDATE on Twitter for all this and more - and take part in BCG100 by using the hashtag #BCG100.


Published: 14 July 2021