Wider Community Events 2013

2013

December

16 December: Annual RSC Kilcoyne 6th Form Christmas Lecture, Newcastle, Tyne and Weir

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave the 4th in the annual series of lecture demonstrations named after Dr John Kilcoyne (Sunderland) to local families and RSC members. The Bristol pair performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 50 members of the public, including a few school students, enjoyed the Monday evening performance.

The event was sponsored by the Newcastle and North East Coast Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

November

27 November: Christmas Family Lecture for Engineering Professional Bodies, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS again worked with local Engineering professional bodies to put on a chemistry-based family evening Christmas lecture. Prof Peter Barham gave a festive talk on the topic of 'The Science of Chocolate' to 180 family members This follows lectures previously given by John Kilcoyne and Tim Harrison. The event was sponsored by several engineering bodies including the IMechE and IET as well as the RSC.

18 November: The Chemistry of Space, RSC Bristol and District Local Programme, Bristol

June McCombie MBE ( Nottingham) presented a thought - provoking talk on astrochemistry to an audience of 60 school students , undergraduates and members of the public during this National Chemistry Week.

14 November: RSC Evening Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

The evening lecture entitled ‘The Analysis of Lipids to Decipher the History of the Earth’s Climate’ was given by Rich Pancost (Bristol) to an audience of 55 people at Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire.

This event was part of the RSC’s Bristol and District programme for 2013-14. 

08 November: Primary Science Conference, @-Bristol, Bristol

Sarah Glover gave a presentation and hands-on experience to 25 primary teachers on the library of loanable science equipment ('loan boxes, http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/outreach/primary/Loanboxes.html) supported by Bristol ChemLabS and on primary outreach in general.

04-05 November: A Pollutant’s Tale Training Workshop, Manchester

Tim Harrison and Sarah Glover worked with 9 postgraduates from Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry at the University of Manchester so that more can deliver the ever-popular primary chemistry workshops. Bristol ChemLabS will continue to work with Prof Carl Percival (Manchester) through projects such as this. This work was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at Bristol.

October

09 October: Primary Science Teaching Trust, Conference, Bristol

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison teamed up to deliver ' A Pollutant's Tale' as an after conference dinner entertainment for the 120+ guests, PSTT College Fellows and Trustees. The PSTT was formerly known as AZSTT.

08 October: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

18 postgraduate Chemists underwent the training for this nationally recognised status. The training was delivered by Katy Glazer of Graphic Science.
This group of STEM Ambassadors will soon be delivering chemistry outreach activities across the UK and beyond.

08 October: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Six chemists, who are part of the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, went through the STEM Ambassadors training to better equip them to work in local schools as part of their final year research project.  The training was delivered by Katy Glazer of Graphic Science.

September

03 September: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Training Session

Tim Harrison and James Fothergill inducted a cohort of 5 additional senior postgraduate chemists into the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) scheme that allows the demonstration of infra red and uv-visible spectroscopies to schools in the south-west as part of the RSC’s national project. Please see here for more details of the SIAS scheme.

03 September: STEM Ambassador Training and Outreach Workshop

Bristol ChemLabS, again working with Katy Glazer of Graphic Science, inducted the second year cohort of the Synthesis DTC and other postgraduate chemists among the 14 present into the national STEM Ambassadors scheme.

Alison Rivett then took 10 of the new Ambassadors through primary outreach training.

August

28-30 August: GSK Industrial Year Placement Training

The annual residential workshop saw 36 undergraduate chemists from across western Europe spend 3 days in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories working with Jenny Slaughter and a team from GSK in preparation for their Year in Industry.

July

29-31 July: Open University Residential Practical Chemistry Summer School

Bristol ChemLabS teaching laboratories hosted The Open University for the second year running. Jenny Slaughter and a team from Bristol ChemLabS worked with OU staff to provide 3 days of practical experience for 54 Open University Undergraduates.




14-17 July: NZ Chemistry Teachers Conference 2013, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand

Tim Harrison was invited as keynote speaker to give 2 workshops and the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ at ChemEd 2013 to an audience of more than 80 chemistry teachers from New Zealand and Singapore. Tim also discussed outreach with the Dean of Outreach at Otago University.

Thank you once again Tim for coming to speak and reminding me how much fun chemistry can be!” Chemistry teacher, Hagley Community College, Christchurch, NZ

05 July: Soapbox Science on the Southbank

Julie Dunne, a PhD student in the OGU, took part in Soapbox Science on the Southbank, London on July 5th this year. This annual event aims to eliminate gender inequality in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects by raising the profile, and challenging the public's view of women and science as well as highlighting the struggles many women face when pursuing a career in scientific research.

Footfall was >1000 people. On average people listened to a speaker for around 20 minutes before moving on, often to listen to another speaker.

More information can be found here from:

Soapbox Science

Times Higher Education

The Guardian

The BBC

The Independent

04 July: Outreach Talks, Eurovariety Conference, University of Limerick, Ireland

Tim Harrison presented a paper on the Bristol ChemLabS primary outreach ‘science days’ at the Eurovaritey in Chemistry Education Conference. The talk was attended by 20 academics from 4 continents. The conference paper can be found here.

A second talk/workshop on secondary outreach was attended by 12 delegates

03 July: The Big Bang Fair Wales, University of South Wales

Bristol ChemLabS was pleased to be invited to deliver a Chemistry Show as part of this regional celebration of Science & Engineering hosted at the University's Treforest Campus. Alison Rivett gave two performances of 'A Pollutants Tale' to 130 Year 10 students from St Julian's Comprehensive, Rhondda and Archbishop McGrath Catholic School, Bridgend.

June

26 June: Lecture Demonstration for French Undergraduate Chemical Engineers

Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration attended by 10 undergraduates from the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM) (Universite de Strasbourg) who were in Bristol on an English language course.

25 June: SKE Course, Bristol ChemLabS

Chris Holland led a practical component for 8 teachers retraining to teach A level chemistry in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories as part of a Science Learning Centre southwest course. The teachers synthesised aspirin, oil of wintergreen and paracetamol.

There were also talks on GCMS by Steve Croker and on NMR by Craig Butts.

20 June: County Technician Training Day, Pershore School, Worcester

Tim Harrison delivered a cryomaterials workshop for 6 technicians and performed 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 45 school technicians at the training day mainly for Worcestershire’s schools.

19 June: Spectroscopy Tours for UWE PGCE Science Teachers, Bristol ChemLabS

18 PGCE Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers from the University of the West of England (UWE) visited the School of Chemistry for an afternoon of instrumentation tours to increase their understanding of spectroscopy for teaching purposes. The party saw SEM, NMR, IR, UV-Vis, SEM, GCMS, GC and HPLC during their visit. The instruments were demonstrated by Benoit Quignon, Rose Silvester, Steve Croker, Paul Gates, Paul Lawrence and Tim Harrison who assisted the trainee teachers in their studies.

James Fothergill, apart from acting as a guide, demonstrated in the use of the RSC's 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase(SIAS)' equipment.

The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG).

10 June: Climate Change Lecture, PGCEs, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison presented the full 90 minute lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 50 trainee Science or Geography teachers. 

The lecture was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at Bristol.

04 June: Demonstration Chemistry Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison worked with undergraduate student Alex Whiteman, a STEM Ambassador, on aspects of the skills needed to present demonstration assemblies.

May

03 May: Postgraduate Outreach Training

A PhD student from the Universityof Warwick was in the School of Chemistry for the morning discussing all aspects of outreach in
preparation for A BBSRC research project as part of her DTC course.

01 May: Weaving Science Workshop, Sheffield Hallam University

Sarah Glover joined 11 primary school teachers, a couple of secondary school teachers and Dr Lynne Bianchi a senior research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, for a full day workshop. This continued the support that Bristol ChemLabS has already provided to Dr Bianchi's AZSTT-funded project.

The Weaving Science project has facilitated the interaction of primary teachers with chemistry experts and secondary school science teachers, empowering them to create exciting lessons including practical activities and discovery learning; all based on children's own 'wonderings.' These 'wonderings' are questions inspired by the original demonstrations of 'Gases in the Air' that Tim Harrison gave at these primary schools at the project's start in January.

The primary teachers involved are from the following schools in the Sheffield area: Foxhill Primary School, Grenoside Primary School, Monteney Primary School and Bradshaw Hall Primary School

April

26 April: Outreach Workshop, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Tim Harrison led an outreach workshop for 6 postgraduate chemists and a staff member at the university in the Western Cape.  Bristol ChemLabS will be providing materials to assist with the university’s future outreach plans.

22 April: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Tim Harrison gave an evening extended performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 90 undergraduate, honours chemists and other members of the Chemistry Society at the Chemistry Department. Many of the honours students present were on the Service Learning course and would themselves be delivering this talk and other elements of the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach to local township school students as part of an academic unit.

10 April: STEM Ambassador Training, School of Chemistry, Bristol

Katy Glazer (Graphic Science) and Alison Rivett (Bristol ChemLabS) led a training session for both 15 postgraduate chemists. These chemists are now part of a national scheme for the promotion of science and will be able to participate in ChemLabS outreach activities.

March

22 March: Science Morning, Bristol Children's Hospital, Bristol

Postdoctoral chemists Preeti Kaur, Shirin Alexander and Geri Echu visited the local children's hospital to deliver a lecture demonstration and polymer workshops to 9 patients aged 5-14. Several parents and nurses were also engaged.

This event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ARCG), University of Bristol through NERC funded projects.

21 March: Gases in the Air, AZSTT Primary College New Members Meeting, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air' for 10 new members of the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust and other colleagues as part of the day conference.

This event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry research Group (ACRG), University of Bristol through NERC funded projects.

20 March: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy a session on 'Cosmic Recycling' given by Dr Rhys Morris from the University of Bristol School of Physics.

More information on this master degree course can be found here.

13 March: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy two sessions given by the AIMS Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Prof Judy Harris demonstrated the interactive patient 'STAN' and virtual microscope and Dr Emma Robinson gave a talk 'Drugs on the brain'.

More information on this master degree course can be found here.

12 March: Centenary Lecture, Sexey's School, Bruton, Somerset

Tim Gallagher gave the Centenary Lecture entitled 'Pharmaceuticals.... Science and Business' to around 40 governors, friends of the school and staff during an evening meeting.

12 March: Southgate School, Enfield, North London

Tim Harrison gave a performance of 'Gases in the Air' to an audience of over 200 students, parents and teachers at the annual Mayor's Science Awards Evening hosted by Enfield Council.

This is the 5th time that Bristol ChemLabS has been invited to support this important event that celebrate school students' successes in their science studies. The event was part of Enfield STEM week supported by Enfield Education.

11 March: Climate Change Inreach, Bristol ChemLabS, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave a shortened version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 140 third year undergraduate chemists.

04 March: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy two sessions given by the School of Physics. Dr Helen Heath gave a talk on her research involvement with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

More information on this master degree course can be found here.

February

27 February: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy two sessions on nanoscience.
Neil Allan gave a session on 'Geochemistry and modelling of Nanostructures'. This was followed by Wuge Briscoe and a talk on 'Nanomaterials'.

More information about this degree programme can be found here.

23 February: Science Fair, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave three 30 minute chemistry demonstration talks at the second annual science festival in the grounds of St Laurence School. Around 260 primary pupils, secondary students and parents enjoyed the talks.

The local branch of the RSC and the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol through several NERC research grants.

The primary schools attending were Christchurch, Fitzmaurice, Holt, Winsley, Freshford and Westwood.

Your unique demonstration was fun and inspiring for children. I had numerous comments for some time after that your displays were amazing, entertaining and educational.” Organiser My Science Fair.

More details about the event can be found here.

22 February: RCUK Contemporary Science: Climate Change Workshop, Science Learning Centre-Southwest, Bristol

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented a workshop on climate change involving talks, lecture demonstrations, lectures and practical activity, to 13 Indian teachers and 2 UK teachers at the Science Learning Centre South West. The Indian teachers were on a week-long visit to the region organised through the British Council, (India).

This workshop devised by Shallcross and Harrison for the UK's Research Council's (RCUK)is given throughout the Science Learning centre network.

The workshop was sponsored by the University of Bristol's Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) through NERC funded projects.

20 February: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy a session on 'Mass Spectrometry' given jointly by Tim Harrison and Paul Gates followed by a talk on 'Extremophiles' presented by Preeti Kaur. Preeti then gave the teachers a tour of one of the research laboratories of the Geo Chemistry section of the school of Chemistry.

More information about this degree programme can be found here.

18 February: Visit by Indian School Teachers, Bristol ChemLabS

Nick Norman gave a tour of the School of Chemistry and a demonstration of Chemistry LabSkills to a group of 20 Indian Secondary school science teachers. The same group of teachers will be attending a Climate Change workshop day later in the week to be given by Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison.

18 February: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Training, Crypt School, Gloucester

James Fothergill gave a training session to 2 Chemistry teachers so that in the future the school could have the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit at their school for a week at a time.

14 February: Chemistry Teacher CPD Event, Petroc College, Barnstaple North Devon

Tim Harrison gave two sessions to a total of 24 teachers and technicians at the Petroc FE College. The sessions comprised a talk on Fragrance chemistry (to fit in with the theme of the day 'Love STEM') and some work on cryomaterials. Tim Harrison worked with course leader Lynda Broomhead of the LSIS regional STEM centre for the South West region.

13 February: Education Excellence Seminars, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison gave a recorded talk entitled 'Working with Secondary Schools: lessons Learnt by the Bristol ChemLabS Project' to around 15 academic members of staff at the university. A lively question and answer question session followed.

06 February: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy a session on 'aspects of climate Change Chemistry and modern analytical techniques given by Dudley Shallcross

More information about this degree programme can be found here.

January

31 January: Science Update Module, Masters of Science and Education Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

This introductory session of the masters degree programme module saw participants enjoy a talk on climate change given by Dudley Shallcross.

More information about this degree programme can be found here.

30 January: Spectroscopy Talks, Masters in Science and Education, University of Bristol

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison delivered a workshop on Spectroscopy to 8 masters level non-chemistry science teachers.

Tim Harrison also demonstrated the RSC's 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' equipment to the teachers who also used the equipment.

24 January: Joint RSC/SCI/BSciA Family Evening Lecture: Science of Fireworks, University of Bristol

An audience of 150 people braved the cold to see Matthew Tosh (Skyburst Firework Company) give this lecture demonstration in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. The audience comprised school groups, scouts, teachers, chemistry students and members of the public.

The meeting, sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the RSC ended with a drinks reception.

17 January: Primary Outreach Training, Atmospheric Physics, University of Manchester

Tim Harrison spent the morning working with three postdoctoral atmospheric chemists developing elements of a lecture demonstration on atmospheric physics.

08 January: Primary Teacher Science Training, Manchester Met University

Tim Harrison gave a science hands-on workshop, including a performance of 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 28 4th Year BA students who are in training to be primary teachers. 21 of these wanted to become primary science specialists.

This event was sponsored by the Atmospheric Chemistry research Group (ARCG), University of Bristol through NERC funded projects.

 

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