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.

2017

21 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.

30 August- 01 September: Industrial Placement Training for GSK Undergraduate Placement Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

Approximately 35 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.

26 September: Provisional Date for evening Lecture for Bristol Girl Guides and Scouts Organisations, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS will perform an early evening lecture demonstration for various groups following on from the success of a similar event last year. Please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk for more information.

02 October: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture 2017, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Title: A Boom in the Room.

Speaker: Nick Barker (Warwick)

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

Nick Barker runs an educational outreach programme from the Chemistry Department at The University of Warwick working with young people aged 4 - 18 in the local community and beyond. In this practical demonstration lecture, Nick will look at some of the chemistry in our every day lives, consider what a chemical reaction is, and also why, chemistry has never mattered more to all of us. The talk is likely to contain jokes and a couple of pretty loud bangs.’

The event is 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.

10-11 October: PSTT College Conference, At-Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS will be represented at the national Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) College Conference.

24 October: RSC Scholars Meeting, University College London, London

Tim Harrison will be helping to deliver in-service courses in practical chemistry for trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project.

16 November: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS, University of Bristol

‘A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie’ will be presented by Dr Kathryn Harkup in Lecture Theatre 1 (TBC) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol (BS81TS) starting at 7:00 pm.

Dr Kathryn Harkup, freelance science communicator and writer. Information: ‘No one has used more poisons, more often and more accurately than Dame Agatha Christie in her classic crime novels. Her toxic tally totals over thirty different compounds which she used to bump off over 100 characters. The Queen of Crime may have been writing fiction but it wasn’t all made up. Chemist and author Kathryn Harkup will explore the science and history of just a few of Christie’s killer compounds. Expect country houses, red-herrings, chemical clues and magnificent moustaches.’

Please contact Dr Andy Tubb for school group bookings and for further information andy.tubb@uwe.ac.uk . Individuals, may just turn up. This is a free event sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

20 November: PD Session for Primary School Science Lab Technicians and Teachers, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be delivering elements of a day-long technician and teacher training course. Other elements to the course will be the additional hands-on stations provided by ECU academic staff Jason Barrow – Aboriginal Tools, Kristina Lemson – Plants and Bacteria, John Coumbaros - Robots and Rockets, Julia Morris – Astronomy and Magda Wajrak – Chemistry. Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

21 November: PD Session for High School Science Lab Technicians and Teachers, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be delivering elements of a day-long technician and teacher training course. Other elements to the course will be the additional hands-on stations provided by ECU academic staff Jason Barrow – Aboriginal Tools, Kristina Lemson – Plants and Bacteria, John Coumbaros - Robots and Rockets, Julia Morris – Astronomy and Magda Wajrak – Chemistry. As usual Bristol ChemLabS is working with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this annual event.

 

21 November: RACI Atmospheric Chemistry Presentation, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Dudley Shallcross will be presenting on his research (and possibly education projects) in a talk entitled ‘The Biosphere is Cool’, at this local meeting of the Australian Chemists at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute branch meeting.

Talk information: In this talk we will look at the Earth's climate system, stratospheric ozone loss and air pollution. We will see how natural biospheric processes are off-setting climate change and how they may also be cleaning the atmosphere. Recent research from my group on a range of systems will be presented including work on Criegee intermediates.

The talk is aimed at a general audience and no prior knowledge about atmospheric chemistry is needed.

22 November: Presentation and Discussion for Science State School Teachers Network, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be presenting at this morning meeting.

07 December: Joint Engineers’ Societies and RSC Christmas Family Lecture, University of the West of England

Title: Airfix: Scaling down reality

Speaker: Simon Owen, Lead Researcher

Start time: 18.00

This talk, jointly supported by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry, will focus on the history of Airfix, its rise to Britain’s most prolific toy manufacturer and how it survives today in a vastly different toy market, as well as showcasing the cutting-edge methods used to research and produce the current generation of market leading model aircraft. Information on bookings to follow (but NOT via chemnet@bristol.ac.uk). For interested school groups please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk.

2018

06 January: RSC Family Lecture Demonstration, University of Southampton, Hants

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross will be performing the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale ' to members of the community on this Saturday event. Bristol ChemLabS is working with David Read (Soton) in the organisation if this event. Timings will be reported here in due course. For more information please contact D.Read@soton.ac.uk.

15 and 16 February: RSC Scholars Meeting, National Science Learning Centre, University of York

Tim Harrison will be helping to deliver in-service courses in Pedagogical Approaches in Chemistry for trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project.

14 March: RSC Bristol and District Evening Lecture, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucs

Catalysts: From Biofuels to Self-Healing Aeroplanes’ will be presented by Prof Duncan Wass (Bristol) at Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS starting at 7:30 pm.

Please contact Colin Chapman for school group and individual bookings and for further information at crc@lochinpublishing.org.uk (01453 547531). This is a free event sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

26 April: RSC Evening Lecture, The Chemistry of a Good Curry (working title), School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Expected Venue: (TBC) Lecture Theatre 1, School of Chemistry, Cantock’s Close, Bristol, BS81TS

Timings: 7:00 pm -8:30 pm

Main Speaker: Prof Nazira Karodia, Dean of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton. This event is free of charge and is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Please check back here prior to event in case of last minute changes. Schools should book their groups with t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk. Individuals or families may just turn up.

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.

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.

2019

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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