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* Outreach News Spring 2007


Bristol ChemLabS Staff Promotions - 13/04/07

Congratulations to Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director Dr Dudley Shallcross who has been promoted to Professor with effect from 01 August 2007 and also to Dr Paul Wyatt, ChemLabS Director, promoted to a Readership in Teaching and Learning.

March Teachers Meetings - 11/04/07

Over 50 CHeMneT members and other interested teachers were given a tour of the newly refurbished teaching laboratories, shown the new Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) and given a presentation about forthcoming outreach opportunities on 26 and 27 March.

Another presentation evening is being planned for the autumn term for CHeMneT members who could not make it to these two dates.

Linda Sellou, SEAS Chemist, Featured in a European Schools Magazine - 11/04/07

Linda next to her poster

An article entitled ‘You’re researching what? Toothpaste?’ about the research  work that French Phd chemist Linda Sellou does jointly with the dentists at Bristol is featured in Science in School. The article is one of a series that outlines the work of young scientists. The articles can then be used to inform school students about the work that is actually being done by scientists across Europe.

Science in School is a science magazine that is distributed to 1/3 of a million educators across Europe.

Linda is also a Science and Engineering Ambassador (SEA) involved in Bristol ChemLabS Outreach work.


28 March: Parliamentary Recognition for Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Work

On 15 March 2007, Bristol ChemLabS Outreach was highlighted in a House of Commons debate by Stephen Williams (MP for Bristol West):

"Like my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (David Howarth), I take part in the Royal Society MP-scientist shadowing programme, which I find extremely worthwhile. Last year, the chemist who was shadowing me—I was shadowing her on that particular occasion—helped me to find out much more about the University of Bristol's outreach work in Bristol schools and further afield in rural parts of Gloucestershire. It does much to enthuse children about the excitement of science—chemistry in that case—and to encourage school teachers into the University department to upgrade their skills and take them back into the classroom. Those teachers then help to get some of their children interested in what higher education has to offer them."

This followed the RSC Voice of the Future event held on 28 February as part of National Science and Engineering week, which was attended by Bristol postgraduates - click here for details.

Click here to read the full debate.


Science on Stage flyer

12 February: Bristol ChemLabS to Present at the Biggest European Conference for School Science Teachers

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison will present at the next Science on Stage festival, which will be held in Grenoble from 02 to 06 April. They will be presenting a lecture on climate change for around 500 science teachers from some 27 countries. Science on Stage is a unique European event, which will showcase the very best of today's science education. It is organised by an International Steering Committee representing the seven members of the EIROforum (CERN, EFDA, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF and ILL).

For more information please see the Science on Stage website.

07 February: CHeMneT membership update

CheMneT members may be pleased to know that their numbers now exceeds 310!

CheMneT membership is free and includes twice termly notifications for chemistry teachers of forthcoming outreach events held at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

More Information on CheMneT
Upcoming CheMneT Events
Recent Chemnet Events


03 January: Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison to receive Faculty Teaching and Learning Prizes

Dudley and Tim

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison will be presented with the Engagement Award on Wednesday 10 January in the Enderby Room, Physics Building. This presentation is included in a central exhibition which is part of Learning & Teaching Week in the New Year.

Engagement Awards are awarded to an individual or group of individuals who demonstrates exceptional and/or innovative 'engagement' practices (as defined by the University's 'Engaged University' report).

Both Tim and Dudley see the award as recognition of the enormous efforts of a considerable number of people involved in the ChemLabS project.

Ceremony Photos

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