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Festival of Contemporary Science

A Science Festival for Science Teachers (29th January 2011)

Following the success of the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Science Bristol ChemLabS is again holding a festival of leading edge science for teachers, science communicators and technicians.

The aim of the conference is to give in service and trainee 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 will be giving lectures and many others are assisting with workshops during the day.

The final lecture of the conference will be ‘Just another day - The Science and technology of everyday life’ given by Adam Hart-Davis. This promises to be both an entertaining and an educational session.

The conference is being held on a Saturday to make the conference available to as many science teachers as possible without suffering from the limitations of the ‘seldom cover’ policy in a large number of schools. It is hoped that entire science departments may use this opportunity to ‘deliver’ their departmental INSET (CPD). It should be noted that this festival would not be possible during undergraduate term time as the facilities would not be available.

The cost for delegates will only be £20 to cover the cost of the packed lunch and other refreshments being provided. The conference is being co-sponsored by the Bristol Alumni Association, A Level Chemistry LabSkills and the Science Learning Centre-southwest.

NOTES:

1. On booking delegates will need to nominate lectures and workshops that they wish to attend. It is the responsibility of delegates to schedule their own lunch break. Food and drink may not be consumed in lecture theatres or laboratories. Packed lunches will be provided. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available all day.

2. Following requests from last year a maximum of two Post 16 students per teacher may attend the lectures (not the workshops). It should be noted that the lecturers will be addressing graduate teachers etc in their talks rather than Post 16 students. Any students attending will need to register through the Science Learning Centre-southwest.

To book places interested parties should go to the following link: www.slcs.ac.uk/network/swc10250 or email the Science Learning Centre-southwest on info@slcsw.org.uk or call 0117 915 7257.
Address:
School of Chemistry, Cantock’s Close, University of Bristol, Bristol. BS8 1TS

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Bristol Alumni Fund
Science Learning Centre-south west
A-Level Chemistry LabSkills
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Festival of Contemporary Science Lecture Schedule

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Biology
Stream

Chemistry
Stream

Physics
Stream

09:15 – 9:45 Registration (Tea and coffee available)

09:45 -10:35

'The chemistry of behaviour'

Dr Emma Robinson

Chemical Signatures from Human Prehistory

Prof. Richard Evershed

‘Searching for the Higgs Boson’,

Dr Helen Heath

10:35 -10:55 Tea and coffee

11.00 - 11.50

'Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene Discovery to Drug Development in 21 Years’,

Dr David Sheppard

Enzyme Chemistry’,

Prof. Adrian Mulholland

 ‘Our Place in Space’,

Dr Rhys Morris

12:10 -13:00

 

 

‘Chemistry Demonstration Experiments’

Tim Harrison

‘Using NETCEN DATA to do real research in schools’.

Prof. Dudley Shallcross

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:50

‘Biochemical Records of Past Climate Change’


Dr Rich Pancost

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

Prof. Paul May

‘Microwaves are Not Just for Cooking!’,

Dr Nick Walker

15.10 - 16.00

‘Penguins: Conservation and Automated Recognition’


Professor Pete Barham

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

Professor Julian Eastoe

‘From Nano to Geo.’,

Professor Neil Allan

16:10 – 17:00

Just another day - The Science and technology of everyday life

Adam Hart-Davis

17:00

Feedback and End of Conference

 

Festival of Contemporary Science WORKSHOPS 29th January 2011

BIOLOGY Stream

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Timings

Title/leader

Title/leader

11.00 - 11.50

 

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

Dr Lauren Hughes

12.00 - 13.00     

Electron Microscopy: SEM & TEM

Dr Sean Davis

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

Dr Lauren Hughes

13:00- 13:50

 

 

14:00 - 14:50

 

 
15:00 - 15:50  

 

Festival of Contemporary Science WORKSHOPS 29th January 2011

Physical Science Stream

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Timings

Title/leader

Title/leader
9:45 -10:35

 

1H, 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Craig Butts

11.00 - 11.50

1H, 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Craig Butts

Tour of the Physics undergraduate laboratories

Helen Heath

12.00 - 13.00     

 

 

13:00- 13:50

 

Electron Microscopy: SEM & TEM

Dr Sean Davis

14:00 - 14:50

1H, 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Craig Butts

 

15:00 - 15:50

 

Electron Microscopy: SEM & TEM

Dr Sean Davis

Festival of Contemporary Science WORKSHOPS 29th January 2011

Practical Science Stream

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Timings

Title/leader

Title/leader

11.00 - 11.50

‘Out of the box – contemporary science in the classroom’

Dr Kay Stephenson

 

12.00 - 13.00     

 

 

13:00- 13:50

‘Out of the box – contemporary science in the classroom’

Dr Kay Stephenson

‘Chemistry Demonstration Experiments’

Tim Harrison

Lecture Theatre 4

14:00 - 14:50

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust –Science Resources for KS2 and KS3

Ms Sophie Franklin

 

15:00 - 15:50

‘Out of the box – contemporary science in the classroom’

Dr Kay Stephenson

 

Lectures

Biological Sciences Stream

10.00 - 10.50

Person:           Dr Emma Robinson
Topic:            Neuroscience, ethics of animal use in biomedical research        
Title:              The chemistry of behaviour

Abstract:

The brain is a complex network of nerves that communicate through electrical and chemical messengers.  Activation of specific systems, circuits and pathways control all aspects of human biology including our behaviour.  Studying the neurobiology of behaviour provides insight into normal and abnormal brain function and is used to develop new treatments for psychiatric disorders such as depression, addiction and schizophrenia and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.  Experiments involving living animals are crucial to this type of research as the outcomes depend on being able to quantify behavioural changes.

Biog:
Dr Emma Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in the School 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.

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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.

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14.00 - 14.50

Person:           Dr Rich Pancost
Topic:             Climate Change
Title:              Biochemical Records of Past Climate Change

Abstract:
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.

Biog:
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.

15:10 - 16:00

Person:           Professor Pete Barham
Topic
:            Ecology and monitoring
Title:              ‘Penguins: Conservation and Automated Recognition’

Abstract: I have been able to combine my passion for penguins with some of my expertise as a polymer scientist, by helping to design and test novel plastic flipper bands. These bands have been field tested at the African penguin colony on Robben Island, South Africa, where I now carry out most of my penguin related research. I have been invited to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America to talk about and assist in the use of these new bands. The work is leading to a number of other collaborations with biologists to apply various aspects of physics in their own work. However, the most important part of the work has been the development of a system for the automatic and completely non-invasive recognition of individual penguins from the pattern of spots on their chests. The work we have done so far demonstrates that it is possible to monitor the movements of a complete population on a daily basis. We have also been able to show that the techniques we have developed can be applied to other species with distinctive markings (including such diverse species as zebras, ants and badgers!).

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.

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Chemistry Stream

09:45 -10.35

Person:           Professor Richard Evershed
Topic:             Archeological and Analytical Chemistry
Title:               Chemical Signatures from Human Prehistory

Abstract:
In prehistory plants and animals would have played a major role in every aspect of human life, including food production and consumption, technological activities, rituals, art, etc. The organic residues of these activities are often invisible or amorphous making their identification extremely challenging. However, modern analytical chemical techniques are able to detect and probe the chemical compositions of these residues. These forensic-style analyses are providing major new insights into the lives of our ancestors.

Biog:
Professor Richard Evershed FRS is a world renowned organic analytical chemist and leading exponent of biomolecular archaeology who has revolutionised aspects of archaeological science. His analytical procedures use the specificity of molecular structures and their isotope signatures to gain new insights into the lives of ancient peoples and advanced the understanding of fossils.

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11.00 - 11.50

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.

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12:10 -13:00

Person:           Tim Harrison
Topic:             Practical Chemistry
Title:Demonstration Practical Chemistry

Abstract:
Tim will demonstrate a number of chemistry demonstration experiments some that may be used in the classroom and others that can be performed for special events. The health and safety considerations, the chemistry and where the practicals can be used will be explained. Reactions involving chemiluminescence, colour changes, minor explosions will be interspersed with dry ice and liquid nitrogen experiments. This session is suitable for those new to chemistry teaching or those that want to have a bit of fun.

Biog.
Tim studied Chemistry at King’s College, University of London from 1978-1981 a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Warwick from 1981-1982 and a masters degree in Science from the Open University awarded in 2003. He has 27 years experience in teaching chemistry in secondary schools and at Bristol.
Tim is the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow, the Science Communicator in Residence and the Director of Outreach of the School of Chemistry at Bristol.
Tim was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Education Award in 2005 and the University of Bristol's Engagement Award for the Faculty of Science in 2007. Most recently in March 2010, Tim was awarded one of the Royal Society's new prestigious 'Hauksbee Awards' to recognise excellence in science teaching.'

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14.00 - 14.50

Person:           Prof. 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:
Professor 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.  Professor 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.

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15.10 – 16:00

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.

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Physics Stream

09:45 -10.35

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.

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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.

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12:10 -13:00

Person:           Professor Dudley Shallcross
Topic:             Atmospheric Chemistry
Title:              Using freely available atmospheric measurements for (extended) projects at A level or for gifted and talented students at GCSE

Abstract:
The UK Air Quality Archive is a treasure chest of information that is sadly under used. One of the reasons is that it is hard to raise money to support research using this archive. In this workshop I will describe the archive and give some background to boundary layer (surface) air chemistry. I will then provide some examples of projects that can be done by schools, individuals or groups. It is my desire to set up a virtual network of students working with me to analyse these data and produce research paper quality studies that could lead to publication.

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 Director of the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust and is a well regarded public speaker. He is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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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.

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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’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.

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Plenary

Person:          Adam Hart-Davis
Title:              Just another day - The Science and technology of everyday life

Based on his book of the same title more info here

Workshops

Unlike the previous Festival of Contemporary Science in 2010 the workshops will run in a parallel stream to the lectures. The workshops are for teachers, trainee teachers, science communicators and technicians only.

Course delegates may attend any work irrespective of discipline. However please book into the workshop sessions rather than turn up as space in some specialist laboratories is at a premium.

Title: STAN: Human Physiology & Pharmacology Simulator Workshop

Person: Dr Lauren Hughes

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.

Biog.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.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

Person: Dr Craig Butts

Maximum group size: 8

Description:Dr Craig Butts will demonstrate both proton (1H,) and 13C spectroscopy in the School of Chemistry’s NMR centre.

Biog.Dr Craig Butts is a senior lecturer and the Director of NMR Facilities in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

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Electron Microscopy

Person: Dr. Sean Davis

Maximum group size: 8

Description: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.

Biog.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.

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Title:   ‘Out of the box –contemporary science in your classroom’

Person: Dr Kay Stephenson

Maximum group size: 20

Description:This hands-on session provides an opportunity to explore a range of innovative practical activities and consider how they could be used to enhance the teaching of key concepts in science.
Drawing on a range of resources (e.g. from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme and elsewhere) we'll look at how today's world can be brought into the science classroom. Topic areas will include, for example, smart materials, alternative energy, light and matter and recycling and sustainability. Any lab coats or safety glasses required will be provided.

Biog:Kay studied chemistry at Durham University from 1980-1983 and stayed on to gain a doctorate (catalysis/organometallics). After working in the chemical industry for a short time, she went on to take a PGCE and taught chemistry and science in UK secondary schools for 16 years. 
Kay joined the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2005 as Assistant Education Manager, Schools and Colleges and worked on several of the RSC’s education projects. She left the RSC in 2007 to become Senior Adviser for CLEAPSS and then became a Professional Development Lead for the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP).
Kay now works on a consultancy basis for several organisations. She has a particular interest in activities aimed at enhancing teaching and learning in chemistry and spends much of her time working with teachers, support staff and students in school/college science departments.  

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Title: AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) –Science Resources for KS2 and KS3  

Person: Ms Sophie Franklin

Maximum group size: 12

Description:

Sophie will describe the support given by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust for KS2 science. The talk will include a description of the resources produced, the primary science teacher awards and information about applying for funding for projects. There will be an opportunity to both see the software resources and to take some away.  

Biog. Sophie Franklin is the Astra Zeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) Postgraduate Researcher, based at Bristol ChemLabS.
Sophie attended The Royal Latin School, Buckinghamshire, from September 1999 to June 2006, where she studied A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography. After leaving school, Sophie attended the University of Bristol, and in June 2010, graduated with a BSc in Chemistry.
As part of her final year degree project, Sophie participated in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS), where she attended St John's Primary school, Bristol, 3 times a week and wrote her dissertation titled; "After the removal of KS2 science SATs, is the 'practical approach', the best way to educate, inspire and assess?". Sophie gained experience not only in teaching, but also had the opportunity to be involved in the ChemLabS Gifted and Talented day held at Badminton School, where she assisted in workshops for 30 Year 5 & 6 pupils from local primary schools.
Wanting to continue research involving primary school education, Sophie started studying for a Masters Degree in Chemical Education in September 2010, researching and evaluating projects set up by the AZSTT over the last 12 years. Sophie aims to help ensure that the AZSTT projects are successful and beneficial to pupils across the UK, whilst also becoming more involved in Outreach with Bristol ChemLabS.