Upcoming Events

Activities run by the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach team for the wider community

For an "at-a-glance" overview of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach activities please check the general Outreach activities page.


25 May: Lecture Demonstration, 1st International Lab Staff Week, University of Valencia, Spain

Tim Harrison will be performing a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ as part of an inaugural week for European university technicians. The event originated following visits by University of Valencia to Bristol ChemLabS.

05 June: Twilight Teacher CPD Session, King's School, Gloucester

This date has been set aside for a teacher CPD session on practical chemistry. The venue will be the science block at King's School and will be in conjunction with CHeMneT member Saskia O'Sullivan (deputy head). This will be a free event as sponsorship is expected. More information about this event will be placed here in due course. This will incorporate a ' show and tell' event where attendees, if they want, will be given a few minutes to demonstrate an experiment to the group.

07 June: PSTT Awards Evening, Heythrop Park Oxfordshire

Tim Harrison will represent the University of Bristol at this year’s awards ceremony for the top primary science teachers (2017) in the UK.

11 June: Climate Change Lecture Demonstration for Bristol Science PGCEs, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will present a teacher’s version of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to this year’s cohort of PGCE science trainee teachers. This event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

18- 22 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

These are tentative dates. A group of around 24 French first year undergraduate Chemists from the Universite de Strasbourg will spend two and a half days at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol during this period. The students will be engaged in a series of practical workshops, tours, lectures and lecture demonstrations in English for 4 days during that week. Apart from synthesising and extracting a number of pharmaceutical components the students will use spectroscopic techniques, tour several analytical laboratories and engage in lectures. This would be the 5th visit coordinated by Dr Audrey Finkler from the Universite de Strasbourg.​​

02 July: RSC Scholars Meeting, Burlington House, London

Tim Harrison will be helping to deliver in-service courses in Active Learning Approaches in Chemistry and end of year celebrations for trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project.

18 July: SIAS Session for Teacher Training Afternoon, Unit DX near Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol

Members of the Bristol ChemLabS outreach team will demonstrate the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit to two groups of a maximum of 10 local science teachers as part of this free afternoon event. The event is being organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Please contact Beth Anderson (RSC) for more information andersonb@rsc.org.  For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

26 July: Chemistry Workshop Session for ITT Course, University of the West of England, Bristol

Tim Harrison will deliver an afternoon of Chemistry for a group of around 15 graduate students on the Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course delivered by UWE/Vidlearn. The first part of the session will be training in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project. This will be followed by a session on cryomaterials and finally a session on Climate Change Chemistry. This event is jointly sponsored by the RSC SIAS project and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

29-31 August: Industrial Placement Training for GSK Undergraduate Placement Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

Approximately 40 undergraduate chemists who are about to start the industrial year of their degrees will spend 3 days at Bristol ChemLabS in a residential course preparing them for their placements. The students from many universities in the UK, France, Spain and Ireland will spend most of the time in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories using equipment specific to the pharmaceutical industry that they may not have encountered on their own degree courses. The course is jointly delivered using GSK, Bristol ChemLabS and Biotage staff and Bristol postgraduates.

24-28 September: Outreach Training, Science Centre Kenya, KALRO Biotech, Nairobi, Kenya

Tm Harrison will visit the Kalro Biotechnology Research Institute as an initial visit to assist in the establishment of a chemistry outreach programme and the establishment of a science centre. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Kenneth Monjero Research Officer and the Pioneer and lead person Science Centre Kenya.

01 October: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture 2018, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Times: 6:30pm for a 7:00 pm start.

This date has been set aside for the annual evening lecture at this Wiltshire school. Details will be posted here in due course. The event will be sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS and is free of charge. The Bristol and District branch of the RSC is, once again, delighted to be working with Alison Simpson (Malmesbury School). Interested school groups should please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk to book spaces. Individuals can just turn up.

15-30 November: Outreach Events, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be returning to Western Australia to work with Dr Magda Wajrak (ECU) and her state award-winning outreach team to deliver a variety of lectures, lecture demonstrations and teacher/technician workshops for primary and secondary schools in Western Australia.

30 November: SRAWA Conference, Perth, Australia

Following a presentation at the Science Teachers Association in WA (STAWA) about the Professional Development (PD) sessions at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in previous years by Tim Harrison and Magda Wajrak (ECU), Tim Harrison is expected to address the 2018 conference, as the president of the STAWA was very impressed by what was done.


06-08 June PSTT International Conference 2019, Edinburgh Conference Centre, Scotland

Tim Harrison will be representing the University of Bristol at the Primary Science Teaching Trust's (PSTT) second International Conference to be held in Edinburgh. For more information please see: primaryscienceconference.org.

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