This page provides and overview of my science communication articles and published resources. See also the impact document of the Manchester Fly Facility (LINK)


  1. Prokop, A. (2018). Why funding fruit fly research is important for the biomedical sciences. Open Access Government 20, 198-201 — (LINK and as GSA blog)
  2. Maartens, A., Prokop, A., Brown, K., Pourquié, O. (2018). Advocating developmental biology. Development 145 — (PDF)
  3. Prokop, A. (2017). What is Developmental Biology – and why is it important? Open Access Government 17, 121-123 — (LINK and as Node blog)
  4. Illingworth, S., Prokop, A. (2017). Science communication in the field of fundamental biomedical research (editorial). Sem Cell Dev Biol 70, 1-9 — (PDF; in May 19, this issue had >45K downloads; see an overview of our special issue here: LINK)
  5. Patel, S., DeMaine, S., Heafield, J., Bianchi, L., Prokop, A. (2017). The droso4schools project: long-term scientist-teacher collaborations to promote science communication and education in schools. Sem Cell Dev Biol 70, 73-84 — (PDF)
  6. Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2017) The Manchester Fly Facility: Implementing an objective-driven long-term science communication initiative. Sem Cell Dev Biol 70, 38-48 — (PDF)
  7. Prokop, A., Illingworth, S. (2016). Aiming for long-term, objective-driven science communication in the UK. F1000Research 5, 1540 — (PDF)
  8. Prokop, A. (2016) Fruit flies in biological research. Biological Sciences Review 28.4, 10-14 — (PDF)
  9. Harbottle, J., Strangward, P., Alnuamaani, C., Lawes, S., Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2016) Making research fly in schools: Drosophila as a powerful modern tool for teaching Biology. School Science Review 97, 19-23 — (PDF)
  10. Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2015). How to develop objective-driven comprehensive science outreach initiatives aiming at multiple audiences. bioRxiv 10.1101/023838 — (PDF)
  11. Fostier, M., Patel, S., Clarke, S., and Prokop, A. (2015). A novel electronic assessment strategy to support applied Drosophila genetics training on university courses. G3 (Bethesda) 5, 689-98 — (PDF)
  12. Roote J, Prokop A. (2013) How to design a genetic mating scheme: a basic training package for Drosophila genetics. G3 (Bethesda) 3, 353-8 — (PDF, Suppl. Mat.; see press releases/blogs: Manchester, Cambridge, Scienceomega, neurosciencestuff)

Published Resources and Resource Repositories

  1. Prokop, A., Patel, S. (2016). Resources for communicating Drosophila research in schools and on science fairs. figshare, m9.figshare.4262921 — (LINK)
  2. Manchester Fly Facility (2015). Manchester Fly Facility Resources. figshare, m9.figshare.1328031 — (LINK)
  3. Prokop, A., Patel, S. (2015). Biology lessons for schools using the fruit fly Drosophila. figshare, m9.figshare.1352064 — (LINK)
  4. Prokop, A. (2013). A rough guide to Drosophila mating schemes. figshare, m9.figshare.106631 — (LINK)
  5. Prokop, A. (2013). 2nd year Drosophila developmental genetics practical. figshare, m9.figshare.156395 — (LINK)
  6. Sumner, J., Prokop, A. (2013). Informing the general public about cell migration – a public engagement resource. figshare, m9.figshare.741264 — (PDF/Suppl Mat)
  7. Manchester Fly Facility YouTube channel — (LINK)
  8. Layman’s guide to synapses — (LINK)
  9. Scratch computer game “Fly vs. Mite” — (LINK)
  10. A. Prokop, BSDB, The Node: A unique collection of outreach resources to communicate biomedical research — (LINK)
  11. A. Prokop, BSDB (2018): The BSDB archive. figshare/comms BSDB — (LINK; see accompanying blog post)


  1. Manchester Fly Facility (droso4research) / Training – resources that reach out to university students and scientists not working with fly — (LINK)
  2. droso4schoolssupport site for school outreach and education resources of the Manchester Fly Facility, all using Drosophila as teaching tool — (LINK)
  3. droso4publiccollating useful links and information to support you during Drosophila advocacy and public outreach — (LINK)
  4. Gedankenexperimente a blog site collating most blog posts on science communication that I wrote for other sites — (LINK)
  5. Fly Indonesiaofficial site of the Fly Indonesia initiative aiming to establish Drosophila as a research strategy in that country — (LINK)
  6. droso4Nigeriapromoting Drosophila in Nigerian universities and schools — (LINK)
  7. droso4LatAmpromoting Drosophila in Latin American universities and schools — (LINK)
  8. Brain Boxwebsite accompanying our major outreach event in Manchester’s Town Hall on 19 June 2016, attracting ~5400 visitors on a single day — (LINK)
  9. BSDB – British Society for Developmental Biology (built and maintained the website during my period as scientific officer 2013-18) —  (LINK)

Blog Posts

  1. Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2019). How your science communication can turn multi-lingual! . Blog post in “PLOS | BLOGS” — (LINK)
  2. Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2019). Why fruit flies belong in primary and secondary schools. Blog post in “Genes to Genomes” — (LINK)
  3. Prokop, A. (2018). A novel engaging approach to teaching life cycle and evolution in KS2 classrooms (primary schools). Blog post in “Gedankenexperimente” — (LINK)
  4. Patel, S., Prokop, A. (2018). An objective-driven long-term initiative to communicate fundamental science to various target audiences  –  a Drosophila case study. Blog post in “Open Research Forum” — (LINK) – mirrored in “PLOS | BLOGS” (ed. J. Organ) — (LINK)
  5. Prokop, A. (2018). How to communicate basic research in schools – a case study using Drosophila. Blog post in “PLOS | BLOGS” (ed. J. Organ) — (LINK)
  6. Prokop, A. (2018) Why should we engage in Developmental Biology? — (LINK1) (LINK2)
  7. Prokop, A. (2018). A deep look into the BSDB Archive reveals 70 years of our society’s and discipline’s history. Blog post on the BSDB website — (LINK1)
  8. Prokop, A. (2018). The new BSDB Newsletter: a focus on communication & advocacy. In “The Node” (A. P. Maartens, Ed.). Company of Biologists — (LINK1) (LINK2)
  9. Prokop, A. (2018). Matthew Cobb: What makes great biology? — (LINK)
  10. Prokop, A. (2017). The BSDB’s advocacy strategy. In “The Node” (A. P. Maartens, Ed.). Company of Biologists — (LINK1) (LINK2)
  11. Prokop, A. (2017). Communicating basic science: what goes wrong, why we must do it, and how we can do it better. In “PLOS | BLOGS” (J. Organ, Ed.). PLoS — (LINK)
  12. Prokop, A. (2017). Science communication in the biomedical science: challenges, opportunities and new approaches. NCCPE blog — (LINK)
  13. Prokop, A. (2015) “Why do we have to learn this stuff?- Establishing Drosophila as a modern teaching tool in schools – Guest blog for “Fly on the wall” (2 Feb) — (LINK)
  14. Prokop, A. (2015) Bringing life into biology lessons: using the fruit fly Drosophila as a powerful modern teaching tool – Guest blog for “” (20 Aug; no longer available); mirrored and regularly updated on “Gedankenexperimente” (LINK)
  15. Prokop, A. (2015) Maintaining a strong Drosophila community – starting with students – Guest blog for “Genes to Genomes (Genetics Society of America)” (3 March; this blog is currently being used as the key advocacy resource on — (LINK; mirrored on “Gedankenexperimente” LINK)

Other – newspaper articles, published talks

  1. Abdulazeez, R., Prokop, A. (2020). How fruit flies can boost life and biomedical sciences in Nigeria. In “Yerwa Express News“, 19 July — (ARTICLE; MOVIE)
  2. Prokop, A. (2019) Making the impossible possible – through objective-driven, long-term initiatives. Science in the Public (Org.: S. Illingworth, E. Ochu, J. Sumner, A. Chambers, K. Steckles, J. Verran, D. Kirby, N. Ireland, I. Choudry), Manchester Metropolitan Univ., UK (March 4-8) — published on F1000Res (LINK)
  3. Luck-Baker, A. (2018). Do Insects Feel Pain? Discovery, Killing Insects: The Rights and Wrongs (episode 2 of 2). 27 min broadcast in “BBC World Service Discovery” — (LINK)
  4. Prokop, A., Pulver, S., Steiger, R. (2018). Advocating Drosophila through using it as an efficient teaching tool [version 1; not peer reviewed – slides of an ADRC 2018 workshop organised by A. Prokop]. F1000Research 7, 465 (slides) — (PPT)
  5. Prokop, A. (2017) Drosophila as an efficient and cost-effective replacement strategy for discovery processes in the biomedical sciences. The University of Manchester 3Rs Symposium (Org.: NC3Rs), Manchester (30 Oct) — (PPT)
  6. Prokop, A. (2018). First in fly: Drosophila research and biological discovery, by Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr. In “Times Higher Education”, 29 March, London — (LINK)
  7. Illingworth, S., Prokop, A. (2016). Science communication efforts require strategic engagement. In “Times Higher Education” — (LINK)
  8. Prokop, A. (2015) A comprehensive strategy to communicate Drosophila research to the public. 24th Europ Drosophila Res Conference (Org.: B. Edgar, I. Lohmann, A. Teleman, A. Ephrussi, E. Furlong, M. Leptin, M. Boutros), Heidelberg (09-12 Sept). F1000Research 4, 820 (slides) — (LINK)
  9. Prokop, A. (2015) Developing an objective-driven multifaceted strategy for Drosophila outreach and science communication. 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (Org.: G. Beitel, M. Eisen, M. Freeman, I. Rebay), Chicago, US (March 4-8) — (LINK)