Wider Community Events 2012



27 November: Christmas Family Lecture Demonstration For Engineers' Professional Bodies and Bristol ChemLabS

John Kilcoyne (Sunderland), assisted by Tim Harrison, gave a performance of the lecture demonstration 'Chemistry for the Terrified' for 320 children, parents and engineers.

The professional Bodies represented were: the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Civil Engineers South West, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

26 November: 'Chemistry for the Terrified', Fusion Lecture, Bristol

John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) presented an evening lecture to 70 members of Bristol's Undergraduate Chemists Fusion Society and a few staff. Tim Harrison assisted John Kilcoyne on delivery of this amusing lecture demonstration.

24 November: Prince's Teaching Institute Subject Day, Pimlico Academy, London

Wuge Briscoepresented the lecture 'Energy & the 1st Law of Thermodynamics' to 19 newly qualified chemistry teachers as part of a CPD day.

05 November: Teacher Conference, Huish Episcopi Academy. Langport, Somerset

Tim Gallagher presented a talk on the pharmaceutical industry at a conference for 150 of the county's science teachers at their annual meeting.


09 October: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Katy Glazer from Graphic Science Ltd delivered two training courses working with 11 postgraduate Chemists in the morning and 16 undergraduate (UAS)students from Chemistry and Physics students at Bristol in the afternoon.

08 October: Exeter School, Exeter, Devon

Tim Harrison aided by Jen Bulpett gave an evening performance of the lecture demonstration 'A Chemistry Delight' to an audience of 80 parents, students and teachers at this Devon School.

04 October: Chemistry for the Terrified, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) assisted by Tim Harrison gave a performance of his nationally recognised lecture demonstration to an audience of 50 PhD students and staff from the School of Chemistry and the Graduate School of Education in conjunction with the GCA.

02 October: Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

John Kilcoyne, aided by Tim Harrison, presented the lecture demonstration 'Chemistry for the Terrified', to an appreciative audience of 40 students parents and grandparents.

The event was facilitated by the University of Gloucestershire and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry Bristol and District branch.


11 September: STEM Ambassador Training, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Katy Glazer (Graphic Science Ltd) led an outreach training session for all 14 of the Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) postgraduate students during the morning. A brief introduction on Bristol ChemLabS outreach was also given by Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett.


29 August-31 August: GSK Industrial Placement Training Course

GSKBristol ChemLabS hosted the sixth GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) industrial placement training course in the undergraduate teaching laboratorieswith 39 undergraduate students from Universities across Europe attending. The course allowed the students to experience a range of laboratory skills in synthesis and purification techniques that they will use in their coming year in industry. The course also acts as a valuable team building experience.

The programme has been developed over 6 years by a team from GSK and Bristol ChemLabS led by Jenny Slaughter. Postgraduate demonstrators working with the students in the laboratory were Simon Carobene, Emily Kynaston, Tom Stennett and Charlotte Smith.

21 August: Heswell Camp, Barnston, The Wirral

Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover provided an afternoon of chemistry for 30 disabled boys from The Wirral area of NW England and their 30 assistants. The primary and secondary aged students had a wide range of physical disabilities. Tim Harrison presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' and this was followed by a slime workshop. The event took place at Barnstondale Camp.

This annual camp has been supported by Bristol University staff and students for many years. The Bristol and District Branch of the RSC supported travel and consumables for this event.


31 July-02 August: Open University Residential Practical Chemistry Summer School Session 2

Bristol ChemLabS teaching laboratories and key personnel were again in use in the inaugural series of practical classes being held at Bristol. Chris Holland, Jenny Slaughter, Steve Croker and Hugh James, with OU staff, worked with 22 Open University Undergraduates across this 3 day period. Postgraduate demonstrators Helen Pritchard-Smith and Julia Lister assisted the students.

28-30 July: Open University Residential Practical Chemistry Summer School Session 1

Bristol ChemLabS teaching laboratories and key personnel were in use in the inaugural practical classes being held at Bristol. Chris Holland, Jenny Slaughter, Steve Croker and Hugh James, with OU staff, worked with 13 Open University Undergraduates across the 3 days. Postgraduate demonstrators Helen Pritchard-Smith and David Ivison assisted the students

23 July: Teacher Practical Training Day, Bristol ChemLabS, University of Bristol

This was a hands-on practical day in the undergraduate teaching laboratories where many of the 'old school' practicals were demonstrated and practiced. These included work with dry ice and liquid nitrogen. Tim Harrison led the day's course for two British and one Maltese delegates. Steve Croker and Hugh James helped out with aspects of the course.

The course was run through the Science Learning Centre south west, as Bristol ChemLabS is a partner of SLCsw.

07 July: Festival of Contemporary Science for Science Teachers

The third annual Festival of Contemporary Science aimed at teachers (both primary and secondary), trainee teachers and technicians was held at the School of Chemistry. Two strands of lectures were presented as well as workshops on electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance among the 15 sessions presented by 11 academics attended by the 36 participants.

Post 16 students were allowed to attend lectures Details of the day can be found here

'Thank you again for organising a wonderful day (and for showing us the liquid nitrogen demos!). All the sessions were great.'Quote from a participant.

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the Science Learning Centre south west to organise the day which was sponsored by the University of Bristol Alumni.

The next Festival will be held in late January or early February 2013.


15 June: CISSE Activities, Festival of Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a short demonstration of practical work examining the difference between chemistry and physics during the early evening section on 'public engagement activities'. This event was part of an extensive programme of activities marking the opening of the Graduate School of Education's new Creative Learning Spaces. The audience comprised 30 teachers, school students of all ages, academics and trainee teachers.

14 June: AZSTT Primary Science Conference, National Science Learning Centre, York

Tim Harrison gave a brief demonstration of the demonstration assembly 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of 50 primary science teachers, and representatives of professional bodies.

13 June: RSC Younger Members Conference, Nottingham University

Tim Harrison gave a presentation on an overview of Bristol ChemLabS outreach activities to 55 postgraduate, postdoctoral and teacher fellow chemists at the annual meeting.

12 June: Monmouth U3A Science Group

25 members of the Monmouth U3A Science & Technology Group gave Alison Rivett a warm welcome at their monthly meeting. They enjoyed hearing about atmospheric chemistry, climate change and seeing a variety of demonstrations relating to the gases in the air.

12 June: Climate Science Lecture Demonstration for PGCE Science Teachers, Bristol

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave a 2 hour demonstration lecture on atmospheric chemistry and climate change to 50 trainee science teachers from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol.


31 May: Climate Change for Teachers, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross delivered a 2 hour session on climate change and atmospheric chemistry to 20 PGCE physical science teachers from the School of Education, Queen's University, Belfast as part of the IMPACT! science conference. The conference was hosted by , and within the Ulster Museum.

24 May: Bristol Children's Hospital

A Bristol ChemLabS outreach team of Elle Wadsworth, Preeti Kaur, Emily Baker and Natalie Wood spent the morning at the local hospital engaging some of the patients with a workshop in practical chemistry. The 8 children were treated to some experiments with liquid nitrogen before trying out some experiments with polymers

The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District RSC.

09 May: Spectroscopy in A Suitcase Training Sessions, School of Chemistry, Bristol

Elle Wadsworth spent the day giving two training sessions to a total of 9 STEM Ambassadors from Bristol's School of Chemistry on the RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SiS) equipment. The trained postgraduate chemists will be using the equipment as part of visits to schools in the region during 2012. For more information please see here.


30 April: Primary Outreach Training, University of Bradford

Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover trained two members of the University of Bradford STEM team in the use of Bristol ChemLabS workshop practicals to teach, excite and enthuse KS2 primary pupils.

16 April: Access to STEM Subjects and the Third Sector Meeting, @-Bristol, Bristol

Tim Harrison represented Bristol ChemLabSat this inaugural meeting. The group of academics, educators from @-Bristol, and a software company representative are exploring how to more effectively engage with 'hard-to-reach' students who have the aptitude to go to university.


26 March: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Claire Dimond (Graphic Science) made another visit to Bristol ChemLabS to train a further group of 10 postgraduate scientists as part of the STEM Ambassador project.

19 March: Developing the Virtual Laboratory at the University of Durham

Jenny Slaughter was awarded a HEA Travel Fund to attend and speak at the HEA meeting.

More details of the meeting can be found here


15 February: Spectroscopy for UWE's PGCE Chemistry Students

7 PGCE students and three staff members from the University of the West of England came to Bristol ChemLabS to attend a short course on Spectroscopy. The students were introduced to the 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' materials and to look at the teaching of infra red, mass spectrometry, uv visible spectroscopy and NMR within Post 16 chemistry courses.

This event was sponsored by The RSC's and HE-STEM's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project .

10 February: Demonstration Training for Senior Students, Rhodes, University, South Africa

Tim Harrison spent the morning delivering the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' complete with teaching notes to an audience of 40 honours, masters level and PhD students. A further group of 12 honours and masters students were involved in a 2 hour masterclass in demonstration experiments in the teaching laboratories.

Rhodes University Chemists have been working with Bristol ChemLabS for several years and deliver 'A Pollutant's Tale' to several thousand school students in the Eastern and Western Cape in township and other schools each year.


26 January: 'Chemistry and Light', Joint RSC/SCI/BSciA Family Evening Lecture: Bristol ChemLabS

Dr Peter Douglas (Swansea) presented the lecture demonstration 'Chemistry and Light' to a mixed audience of 240+ academics, teachers, students, parents and scouts. The meeting ended with a wine and nibbles reception hosted by the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

23 January: Chemical Kinetics Demonstration Lecture, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross entertained second year undergraduate Chemists at the University of Bristol with a lecture demonstration to start to their kinetics course. This in-reach event was appreciated by the students close to the end of their examinations.

20 January: Primary Science Teachers Workshop, MMU, Manchester

Tim Harrison delivered a practical science workshop at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for 21 4th Year BA students, many of whom are taking Science as a specialism. The workshop concentrated on what is and what isn't a chemical change and states of matter using the demonstration lecture 'Gases in the Air'. The students had an opportunity to have fun with experiments involving liquid nitrogen and dry ice together with slime experiments and iodine clock reactions.

Feedback from undergraduate students:
"My own extremely keen interest in science surprised me for the first time in ages. I was literally amazed at some of the activities I saw and took part in."
"Loved how interesting it is! Being 'the kid' and seeing that children do gain so much from one lesson."
Referring to ChemLabS Primary Outreach experiments, another student reported "That it is possible to do these experiments with Primary School children - I think that is awesome."

This course, at the Didsbury campus, was sponsored by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (AZSTT) and was organised in conjunction with AZSTT Primary College member Kathy Schofield.

07 January: Science on Stage, ASE National Conference, Liverpool

Tim Harrison and Alison Rivett both presented to an audience of 30 international teachers and other educators at the Science on Stage feedback event at the Association of Science Education conference at the University of Liverpool.


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