Festival of Contemporary Science

A Science Festival for Science Teachers

Bristol ChemLabS at the University of Bristol is hosting an inaugural Festival of Contemporary Science for Science Teachers in a number of leading-edge science topics on 30th January 2010.  The aim of the conference is to give science teachers an opportunity to update on a number of areas that are touched on in the triple science GCSEs and many of the Post 16 qualifications.  Twenty academics from several disciplines are giving lectures and many others are assisting with workshops during the day.

A series of lectures in each of biology, chemistry and physics will be available. During the day workshops are being held on topics from Scanning Electron Microscopy, Earthquake Engineering, Smart Materials, Virtual Microscopes, Human Patient Simulators and Instrumental Analysis. There will also be tours of several of the specialist laboratories. Please share this information with your other science colleagues! For workshops click here.

The lectures available in the Chemistry stream are ‘How to Detect the Virtually Undetectable in the Atmosphere’ by Professor Dudley Shallcross, ‘Earth's Climate Past and Present’ by Dr Rich Pancost, ‘Microwaves are Not Just for Cooking!’ by Dr Nick Walker, ‘Nanoscience – “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” ’ by Professor Julian Eastoe and ‘Introduction to the Chemical Vapour Deposition of Diamond Films or Grow your own Diamonds!’ by Dr Paul May. For a full schedule of all the Science lectures and details of the talks and those giving them click here.

The final lecture of the conference ‘The Science of Taste and Flavour’ will be given by Professor Pete Barham. Professor Barham, a polymer physicist at Bristol, also has a major interest in Molecular Gastronomy and collaborates with a number of chefs including Heston Blumenthal. This promises to be an entertaining session.

The conference is being held in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol on a Saturday to make it available to as many science teachers as possible without suffering from the limitations of the ‘seldom cover’ policy in a large number of schools.

The cost for delegates will be £10 to cover the packed lunch and other refreshments being provided. The conference is being co-sponsored with the Triple Science Network, the Science Learning Centre South West. There is also input from AIMS, the Bristol University Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Medical Sciences.

To book places or to receive more information teachers interested should go to the following link: www.slcs.ac.uk/network/swc09250 or e-mail the Science Learning Centre South West on info@slcsw.org.uk or call 0117 915 7257.

Note the first 30 state maintained schools to book onto the event are entitled to apply for a £200 Impact Award.

Festival of Contemporary Science Lecture Schedule

Click on each cell for further information.

 

Biology
Stream

Chemistry
Stream

Physics
Stream

10.00 - 10.50

‘Investigating Emotion in Animals to Develop New Treatments for Mood Disorders’,
Dr Emma Robinson

How to Detect the Virtually Undetectable in the Atmosphere’,
Professor Dudley Shallcross

‘Searching for the Higgs Boson’, Dr Helen Heath

 

11.00 - 11.50

'Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene Discovery to Drug Development in 20 Years’,
Dr David Sheppard

‘Earth's Climate Past and Present’, 
Dr Rich Pancost

 ‘Our Place in Space’,
Dr Rhys Morris

14.00 - 14.50

‘Enzyme chemistry’, Professor Adrian Mulholland

 

‘Microwaves are Not Just for Cooking!’, Dr Nick Walker

‘Introduction to the Chemical Vapour Deposition of Diamond films', or 'Grow your own Diamonds!’,
Dr Paul May

15.00 - 15.50

‘Blood Flow to the Brainstem and a Possible Link to High Blood Pressure (Essential Hypertension)’,
Dr Phil Langton

‘Nanoscience – “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”’,
Professor Julian Eastoe

‘From Nano to Geo.’,
Professor Neil Allan

16.00 - 16.50

‘The Science of Taste and Flavour’,  
Professor Pete Barham

16.50

End of Conference

 

Festival of Contemporary Science WORKSHOPS 30th January 2010

Click on each cell for further information.

Workshop Title

Workshop Leaders

Timings

STAN:
(Human Patient Simulator),
Human Physiology &
Pharmacology Simulator
Workshop

Dr Lauren Hughes and Kim Healey

11.00 - 11.50
&
12.00 - 12.50

Earthquake Engineering                                   

Dr Wendy Daniell

12.30 - 14.00

Analytical Chemistry 1: Chromatography: GC-MS, HPLC, TLC

Steve Croker FRSC

12.00 - 12.50
&
13.00 - 13.50

Analytical Chemistry 2:
1
H, 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Dr Craig Butts

12.00 - 12.50
&
13.00 - 13.50

Analytical Chemistry 3: Electron Microscopy: SEM & TEM

Dr Sean Davis

12.00 - 12.50
&
13.00 - 13.50

‘Smart Materials and Other Stuff’

Dr Kay Stephenson
[Gatsby Science
Enhancement
Programme]

12.00 - 12.50
&
13.00 - 13.50

 

Lectures

Biological Sciences Stream

10.00 - 10.50

Person:           Dr Emma Robinson
Topic:             Ethical Issues and using Animals in Contemporary Science            
Title:               Investigating Emotion in Animals to Develop new Treatments for Mood Disorders

Abstract:
Disorders of mood and emotion are the major psychiatric issue facing modern society yet our understanding of their biology and treatment is still very limited. My research is focussed on developing new methods to study complex psychiatric disorders using animals. Our research examines emotion-related behaviour in rats to test hypotheses about mood disorders and their treatment as well as providing methods to investigate animal welfare issues.

Biog:
Dr Emma Robinson is a Senior Research Fellow and RCUK Academic Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.  Specialising in studying the brain mechanisms that control normal and abnormal behaviour, her research investigates the cause and treatment of psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and addiction.

back to all lectures

11.00 - 11.50

Person:           Dr David N Sheppard
Topic:             Genetics and Genetic disorders                   
Title:              Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene Discovery to Drug Development in 20 Years

Abstract:
The common, life-shortening inherited disease cystic fibrosis causes ducts and tubes in the body to become blocked by thick, sticky mucus leading to breathing difficulties and problems with the digestion of food.  Current therapies for cystic fibrosis treat the symptoms of the disease not the underlying genetic defect.  In 1989, the defective gene responsible for cystic fibrosis was identified and its protein product called CFTR.  This lecture will explore how CFTR works, how genetic defects disable or destroy CFTR and how this knowledge has been used to develop drug therapies for cystic fibrosis that target the root cause of the disease.

Biog:
David N. Sheppard is a Reader in Physiology at the University of Bristol.  David investigates the structure and function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) with the goal of developing rational new therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF) and related diseases.

After obtaining a PhD in Cell Physiology from the University of Cambridge with Dr. Francisco V. Sepúlveda, David undertook postdoctoral research with Prof. Michael J. Welsh at the University of Iowa in the period immediately following the demonstration that CFTR forms a regulated Cl- channel.  Returning to the UK, he was a BBSRC Advanced Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh before becoming a Lecturer at the University of Bristol.

Working with Michael Welsh, David demonstrated that CF mutations associated with a milder clinical phenotype form Cl- channels with residual function.  His own group has elucidated how different types of small molecules interact with CFTR to modulate its channel function.  David is Coordinator of EuroCareCF, the European Commission-funded Coordination Action for Cystic Fibrosis and Related Diseases and an Editor of the Journal of Physiology.

back to all lectures

14.00 - 14.50

Person:           Professor Adrian Mulholland
Topic:             Enzymes in Action
Title:               Enzyme Chemistry

Abstract:
How enzymes dock with target molecules is a fundamental question in the biological sciences. In order to understand the processes occurring at the active site computational methods are extremely useful. In this talk we will look at some systems and modelling approaches used. We will also look at how our understanding of active sites allows us to design effective drugs. 

Biog:
Professor Adrian Mulholland carried out his first degree in Chemistry at Bristol and his PhD at Oxford University with Professor Graham Richards, where he developed computer based methods to understand enzyme reactions. He then worked with Prof. Martin Karplus at Harvard University as a research fellow. On returning to Bristol he has held two prestigious fellowships (currently an EPSRC leadership fellowship) and has continued to work in the area of enzyme chemistry and drug design.

back to all lectures

15.00 - 15.50

Person:           Dr Phil Langton
Topic:             Blood Pressure and Heart Disease
Title:               Blood Flow to the Brainstem and a Possible Link to High Blood Pressure (Essential Hypertension)

Abstract:
Much like roads, arteries transport blood from the heart to the tissues and organs of the body.  Unlike roads, however, arteries can rapidly alter their calibre, effectively adjusting the rate at which blood flows to tissues downstream.  Blood flows down a gradient of pressure that is generated by the pumping action of the heart; through large arteries, to smaller and small arteries, eventually through arterioles and then capillaries before emerging in veins, small at first but progressively larger.  The bore or calibre of these blood vessel tubes alters the rate of flow of blood by its effect on the ‘resistance’ to flow.  Taps on the end of water pipes in our houses similarly control the flow of water by altering the resistance they offer – the pressure in the pipe remains constant but flow is varied. 

So what! About a third of all adults in the UK have high blood pressure (hypertension) and this proportion is increasing; though the reasons for this are not clear.  Short periods of high blood pressure are not a problem but persistently elevated blood pressure most definitely is a problem and the greater the elevation, the more of a health problem it is likely to be.  All manner of Nasty Things are more likely to occur if you have high blood pressure – stroke, heart disease, heart attack (infarction), kidney failure – the list is very long indeed.  Lots of people are comforted by the promise of modern medicine and there is an general expectation that there is a pill to ‘fix it’.  It is probably going to be of little comfort to learn that of those people in the UK who are treated with such pills, about half continue to have high blood pressure.  What this says to a scientist is simple – we don’t understand the causes of hypertension as well as we (and you, presumably) would like!  My research work, almost entirely funded by the British Heart Foundation, has for years been motivated by the desire to understand hypertension better. 

Arteries have muscular walls that exhibit persistent contraction, termed ‘myogenic tone’, when pressurised, and by reducing or increasing the level of myogenic tone, vessel calibre and local blood flow is controlled.  One of the things we don’t understand well is this myogenic contraction, although several drugs reduce blood pressure by relaxing arteries that exhibit myogenic reactivity.  Quite a bit of the recent work of my laboratory has been aiming for a more mechanistic understanding of myogenic reactivity in the hope that it will inform the development of new ways to control high blood pressure. 

A more recent and very exciting twist to the story of hypertension places the brain at the centre of the problem.  Arterial pressure is maintained high enough to provide adequate perfusion of tissues. Being the most critical organ in the body, it is not surprising that if blood flow to the brain is impeded, arterial pressure increases immediately, providing additional driving pressure to restore flow. This high blood pressure response maintains blood flow to the brain at the expense of other tissues. It is of interest that in some people diagnosed with hypertension, arterial vessels supplying the brainstem are narrowed.  Similar narrowing of brainstem arteries has recently been observed in a commonly used rat model of hypertension (the spontaneously hypertensive rat or SHR). 

In the talk I will illustrate the results of recent research on both the myogenic contraction of arteries and the idea that narrower arteries in the brain may contribute very considerably to the risk of developing high blood pressure.  The work I will talk about has involved the use of arterial tissue isolated from rats, a widely used experimental model in this field of study. 

Biog:
After a BSc (1983) in Biological Sciences and a PhD (1987) in Physiology (both in Lancaster University) I spent several years as a contract research scientist, two years in the USA and six years in the University of Leicester. 

Starting in the final year of my BSc course to the present, my research interest has been the physiology of smooth muscle.  My own definition of ‘physiology’ is the study of the function of living things, in which case you can re-read my research interest as the function of smooth muscle.  What is smooth muscle?  Smooth muscles are to be found lining all our hollow organs (and a couple of other places), so our gut, airways, urinary tracts and blood vessels.  By contracting and relaxing they participate in a very real way to the physiology (function) of the whole organism and dysfunctional behaviour is associated with very real and very nasty clinically, socially and economically important conditions.

I’ve been an academic in Bristol since 1996 and have run a small but successful research group until very recently, when I’ve moved into the support of the University’s aspiration to provide a high quality educational experience for undergraduates.  My particular interest in this is the use of technology to solve practical problems that we increasingly face in HE.  Examples of the solutions that technology can afford will be demonstrated during the day, namely ChemLabS, the Virtual Microscope and the Human Patient Simulator.

back to all lectures

Chemistry Stream

10.00 - 10.50

Person:           Professor Dudley Shallcross
Topic:             Atmospheric Chemistry
Title:               How to Detect the Virtually Undetectable in the Atmosphere

Abstract:
There are numerous compounds in the atmosphere present at so called trace levels. These compounds, although present in small quantities, could have a very pronounced impact of the composition of urban environments with implications for health. In this talk we will look at a variety of novel detectors being used to measure these trace compounds in the atmosphere, from the familiar, such as infra red spectroscopy to the less common, quartz crystal microbalances. 

Biog:
Dudley Shallcross is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and visiting scientist at the UK Met. Office. He designs and develops new sensors to measure key species in the atmosphere and also conducts laboratory and computer modelling studies to understand the processes occurring in the atmosphere on urban to global scales. In addition he is Outreach Director for Bristol ChemLabS and is a well regarded public speaker. He is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

back to all lectures

11.00 - 11.50

Person:           Dr Rich Pancost
Topic:             Climate Change
Title:               Earth's Climate Past and Present

Abstract:
Rich completed a Geosciences PhD in 1998 at Penn State University, where he studied how the preserved lipids of algae and bacteria can be used to study ancient environments. From there, he went to a post-doctoral position at the Netherlands Institute of Research where he refined his knowledge of organic geochemistry.  In 2000, he joined the School of Chemistry; he is based in the Organic Geochemistry Unit, which has been a world leader in organic geochemical investigations for the past 40 years. Rich's own research interests are rather broad, encompassing the microbiology of As-contaminated aquifers and the preservation of fossil leaves, but a central component is the study of ancient climate systems using the organic remains of ancient organisms preserved in sediments.

Biog:
Current concerns about global change have re-invigorated our interest in ancient climate systems and how the Earth switches from one climate state to another.  The field of palaeoclimatology is based on interrogating the archive of physical, biological and chemical signatures in the rock record, from which ancient climate conditions, such as temperature or rainfall, can be inferred.  Of these climate 'proxies', we will focus on those related to the organic compounds preserved in sediment: the same (or similar) compounds that comprise petroleum can reveal what types of organisms were living in the past, how much carbon dioxide was available to them, or the temperatures of the waters in which they lived. We will discuss the types of lipids that are typically present in living organisms, how they are preserved and what specific information they can impart.  This is an exciting field, where chemistry, biology and geology collide, and we will discuss how knowledge of all of these disciplines can tell us much about the past.

back to all lectures

14.00 – 14.50

Person:           Dr Nick Walker
Topic:             Spectroscopy and Microwaves        
Title:               Microwaves are Not Just for Cooking!

Abstract:
The first experiments involving microwave spectroscopy exploited technology developed for RADAR in the 1930’s. Recent innovation in telecommunications has yielded benefits for scientists and microwave spectroscopy is now more versatile and accurate than ever before. The challenges and opportunities presented by the new chirped pulse, Fourier transform microwave spectrometer in Bristol will be described. 

Biog:
Dr. Nick Walker studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex. He started a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol in 2003 following three years of postdoctoral work in Canada and the United States. Having acquired experience in various techniques of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, his current focus is the construction of a new and innovative design of microwave spectrometer.

back to all lectures

15.00 – 15.40

Person:           Professor Julian Eastoe
Topic:             Nanoscience
Title:               Nanoscience – “Where the Rubber Meets the Road”

Abstract:
There is more to nanotechnology than you might first think. It is not all just about making small things, even though that in itself is not straightforward. The underlying problem is that, as soon as they have been made, nanometer-sized particles are themselves very unstable; they will naturally cluster and grow, finally forming large blobs. Unfortunately, these final equilibrium lumps are anything but “nano”, losing all of the magical properties they once had.

What to do?

In fact, soap-like molecules called surfactants provide the solution, and the lecture will show how these additives work to stabilize nanoparticles. Potential applications of surfactants in carbon capture technologies will also be explored.

Biog:
Professor Julian Eastoe has worked in the School of Chemistry since 1993. He has published over 180 research articles, and a bi—lingual English-Chinese textbook, in his field of specialization He is Editor of an international research journal in colloids, and has also acted as Expert Witness at the High Courts of Justice in a Pharmaceutical patent contest case.  Julian is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Wuhan and Shandong and the RIDCI institute in China, and the Universities of Naples Frederico II, Kuwait and Nice Sophia-Antipolis in France.

back to all lectures

Physics Stream

10.00 - 10.50

Person:           Dr Helen Heath
Topic:             Large Hadron Collider and Particle Physics
Title:               Searching for the Higgs Boson

Abstract:
I will give a general introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics which describes how the particles we currently regard as the fundamental building blocks of matter interact. I will discuss the complexity of the detectors needed to study the fundamental particles and point to some possible new physics that the Large Hadron Collider might reveal.

Biog:
Helen Heath is a Particle Physicist whose work has concentrated on the development of detectors for experiments to understand the smallest constituents of matter. Most recently she has been involved in the construction of part of the CMS experiment which will study collisions of protons at the Large Hadron Collider.

back to all lectures

11.00 - 11.50

Person:           Dr Rhys Morris
Topic:             Observing the Universe (Astronomy)
Title:               Our Place in Space

Abstract:
‘Our place in Space’ is a talk about the Milky Way, and our position within it. We will look at how we know where we are, and our attempts to conduct a census of the nearby Universe around us. Using this data, we can piece together the history of the formation of our Solar System, and plot its future development.

Biog:
Dr Rhys Morris is a member of the Astrophysics Group, Physics Dept at UoB. He holds degrees from Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Rhys has also worked in Science Education, at Techniquest Science Centre (Cardiff) and Liverpool Planetarium. He is a specialist in Astronomical software/hardware and researches the Milky Way using large scale surveys, with a particular interest in Planetary Nebulae.

back to all lectures

14.00 - 14.50

Person:           Dr Paul May
Topic:             Nanomaterials
Title:               Introduction to the Chemical Vapour Deposition of Diamond Films', or 'Grow your own Diamonds

Abstract:
Diamond is one of the most extraordinary materials known.  For almost any physical property you can think of, diamond is top of the list.  It is the hardest, strongest and stiffest known material, it conducts heat better than copper, is transparent from the deep ultraviolet to the far infrared, is resistant to acids and bases, and has one of the lowest thermal expansion coefficients.  However, until recently diamond has only been available in the form of gemstones, obtained from mines.  These are prized for jewellery, but have only limited engineering or scientific applications.

However, over the past 15 years, scientists have discovered how to produce thin films of pure diamond, using as a starting material nothing more exotic than methane and hydrogen gases.  The extraordinary properties of diamond have already enabled such films to find applications as hard, wear-resistant coatings in engineering components and machine tools, as heat spreaders, and as specialised optical windows.  The possibility of doping the films to produce semiconducting diamond, suggests exciting future applications for these materials as electronic devices and sensors.  Furthermore, the unusual electron emission properties of diamond make it a candidate for the electrode in the next generation of flat panel displays, solar cells or even quantum computers.

In this talk, I will describe how diamond films are produced and outline some of the important chemistry and physics of the deposition process.  I shall also discuss the various uses of these films, and speculate about some of the more exciting potential future applications.

Biog:
Dr May did his first degree in Chemistry at Bristol University graduating in 1985.  After working for 3 years at the GEC Hirst Research Centre in Wembley (London), he moved back to Bristol to study for a PhD in the field of plasma etching and diagnostics.  After graduating in 1991 he helped to co-found the CVD diamond film group at Bristol.  He was awarded a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in 1992, and then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1994.  He is currently a Reader in Physical Chemistry.  Dr May has published ~140 papers in the area of diamond and DLC films, plus more on other subjects such as diamondoid materials, plasma diagnostics and use of the web for teaching.

back to all lectures

15.00 - 15.50

Person:           Professor Neil Allan
Topic:             Solid materials and their properties
Title:               From Nano to Geo

Abstract:
Understanding the properties of solids at the molecular level is one of the grand challenges in science. In this talk we will look at aspects of the solid state and in particular look at the impact of doping of solids (incorporation of elements that shouldn’t be there) and its relevance to conductivity and Earth Science.

Biog:
Professor Neil Allan is Director of the Centre for Computational Chemistry at the University of Bristol, whose research interests cover all aspects of the solid state. He carried out his undergraduate and PhD studies at the University of Oxford and after working at ICI for a number of years moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.

back to all lectures

PLENARY

16.00 – 16.50

Person:           Professor Pete Barham
Title:               The Science of Taste and Flavour

Abstract:
This lecture demonstration is intended to be a light hearted end of the day’s conference and will touch on a number of areas of ‘Molecular Gastronomy’ and the questions that arise.
What gives food its flavour?
What makes some foods taste really good while others can be mediocre or even disgusting?
How far can science go it answering these (and other) questions that are so important for domestic cooks and chefs alike?
In this demonstration lecture I will try to answer these and other questions.

Through a series of demonstrations and tastings you will discover that we actually use all our senses to assess the food we eat: 

In practice, we. integrate all these sensations into what we call the “flavour” and then decide whether or not we like it.

We will also see how collaborations between scientists and chefs are opening up new worlds of novel (and delicious) food and taste combinations.

Biog:
Peter Barham is a Professor of Physics at Bristol University UK, honorary Professor of Molecular Gastronomy in the Life Sciences faculty of the University of Copenhagen and honorary Research Associate at the Animal Demography Unit in Zoology at the University of Cape Town. In Bristol, as well as carrying out his own original research in fundamental Polymer Physics, and in the conservation of penguins, he is involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and a range of administrative tasks.  In Copenhagen, he is helping to create up research and teaching activities in the new and emerging area of Molecular Gastronomy (the application of physical, biological and medical sciences to understanding our appreciation of food as prepared in the home and high quality restaurants). In Cape Town he is involved with a group trying to save the endangered African penguins.
In addition, Peter is very interested in raising the public awareness of science and its relevance to everyday life.  In this context he has developed a series of lecture demonstrations (or performance science) mostly based around the science involved in cookery and on penguins. 
In 2003 he was awarded the 2003 Kelvin Medal by the Institute of Physics for his contributions to the promotion of the public awareness of science.
Peter has a real passion for penguins which has taken him around the world to see, in the wild, all 17 species of these fascinating birds.  However, more recently he has managed to combine his knowledge of the physics of materials with his love of penguins to develop novel means of tagging penguins.  New rubber based flipper bands are now being tested on penguins in South Africa. 
Peter Barham's interest in the Science of food has led him to meet many professional chefs and food writers with whom he has been able to collaborate in several projects; for example, in 1997 he won of the Sci-Art Prize jointly with the artist, writer and broadcaster, Leslie Forbes.  In 1999 he was awarded the Institute of Physics Prize for the Promotion of Public Awareness of Physics.  He has also appeared in numerous radio and television programmes and is a regular contributor to the Guardian in both the food and science sections.  Peter’s book “The science of cooking” published in 2001 by Springer, is not only popular with the general public, but is also used as a text in many catering colleges.
In the last few years Peter has been collaborating with a number of chefs (notably Heston Blumenthal of the Fat Duck) with the idea of bringing science more closely into the kitchen, both at home and in the restaurant.

Workshops

STAN: Human Physiology & Pharmacology Simulator Workshop

The Human Patient Simulation (HPS) Teaching Suites each house a state-of-the-art, high fidelity, life-sized human simulator that can be programmed to model a wide range of physiological, pharmacological and pathological states. A few mouse clicks can transform the model from a healthy individual attempting to breathe through a snorkel of adjustable length, to a hypertensive patient receiving a range of medications to control their blood pressure.

In the simulation suites within the AIMS Centre, workshops can be run for up to 25 visitors at a time. Using the simulators we can collect data such as ECG recordings and monitor real-time changes in heart rate, blood pressures and oxygen saturation levels. The simulator can be programmed to model extreme physiology such as investigate the effects of high altitude and the pharmacological effects of certain medicines.

Dr Lauren Hughes is passionate about teaching and divides her time between running laboratory practical sessions, lecturing and tutoring a wide range of undergraduate students. She is also involved in the development and delivery of outreach teaching on the AIMS Mobile Teaching Unit to schools and colleges throughout the South West and beyond.

Lauren will be assisted by Kimberley Healey.

back to all workshops

Earthquake Engineering Laboratory Workshop

The group will be split into two with one group into the earthquake lab, while a hands-on session on Earthquake Engineering is run with the other group. The maximum number of teachers for the workshop will be 60.

Dr Wendy Daniell will be assisted by Adam Crewe.

back to all workshops

Analytical Chemistry 1: Chromatography   

Group Size maximum = 6.
This will be a hands-on session on Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS) and High Pressure Liquid chromatography (HPLC) The state of the art instrumentation will be compared with its simpler forerunner of thin layer chromatography (TLC). Safety glasses and lab coats will be supplied.

The session will be led by Steve Croker FRSC. Steve is the Chemistry Undergraduate Laboratory Manager at the School of Chemistry.

Analytical Chemistry 2: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Group size maximum = 8
Dr Craig Butts will demonstrate both proton (1H,) and 13C spectroscopy in the School of Chemistry’s NMR centre.

Dr Craig Butts is a senior lecturer and the Director of NMR Facilities.

back to all workshops

Analytical Chemistry 3: Electron Microscopy

Group size maximum = 8
Dr Sean Davis will take groups of teachers through the techniques of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) using biological and non-biological specimens.

Dr Sean Davis is a senior lecturer in chemistry and the Manager of the Electron Microscopy Unit of the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

back to all workshops

‘Smart Materials and Other Stuff’

Maximum group size = 24
Dr Kay Stephenson of the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) will be leading a hands-on session involving a selection of the large range of materials available through the SEP. Any lab coats or safety glasses required will be provided.