This page provides and overview of my science communication articles and published resources. See also the impact document of the Manchester Fly Facility (LINK)  —  My Science Publications can be viewed here.

Scicomm Publications

  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)