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.

2018

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.

Three lecture demonstrations will take place on the Joondalup Campus before a further 3 on the Bunbury Campus ( 2 hours south of Joondalup). There will also be a technician teacher training event in Joondalup at the end of the period as in previous years.

19-21 November: Inaugural Asia-Pacific Science Communication Conference 2018, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Tim Harrison will be presenting at this inaugural conference, held as a celebration of the 10t year of collaboration of Centre for Public Awareness in Science, Australian National University (ANU) and the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore (NUS) and on the theme of ‘Strengthening Science Communication in the Asia Pacific’. Tim Harrison has previously led outreach at NUS and has presented at ANU.

28 November: RSC Evening Lecture on Biofuels, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Prof David Read (Soton) will give the talk ‘Biofuels: Fuelling the future, or big fraud?’

Tentative start time 5:30- 6:30/7:00pm

Venue: Theatre at Cheltenham Ladies’ College Content:

This talk and chaired debate will explore the viability of biofuels as a sustainable solution to the “energy crisis”. The focus will be on the chemistry behind the fuels as well as the social, political and economic factors influencing policymaking and public behaviour. This is a free event. Members of the public or school groups should contact Matt Gill Cheltenham Ladies’ College) to book places gillm@cheltladiescollege.org.

28 November: NMR Spectroscopy, Teacher Training Event, Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol

Craig Butts (Professor of Structural and Mechanistic Chemistry, Bristol) will be leading a twilight teacher training session on NMR spectroscopy for Post 16 at this local school. This session is being provided in support of Bristol and South Gloucs A Level Chemistry teachers via the North Avon Teaching School Alliance.  Bristol ChemLabS will be working with Tom Hill (Bradley Stoke’s Assistant Headteacher: Director of Post 16) in the organisations of this event. For more information please contact tom.hill@bradleystokecs.org.uk.

28 November: RSC Evening Lecture, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham, Gloucs

Time: 16:30 

Venue: Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham

David Read (Southampton) will present the talk and debate ‘Biofuels: Fueling the Future, or Big Fraud’

Synopsis: ‘This talk and chaired debate will explore the viability of biofuels as a sustainable solution to the “energy crisis”. The focus will be on the chemistry behind the fuels as well as the social, political and economic factors influencing policymaking and public behavior.’

This event of free of charge but please book places with Ian.Barnes@consultarc.com.

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 December: RSC Evening Christmas Lecture, University of the West of England (UWE), Frenchay, Bristol

Time: Arrive from 18:30 for a 19:00 start.

Venue University of the West of England (UWE)

Joanna Buckley (Sheffield) will present the talk ‘Edible experiments - A Taste of Chemistry’-

Synopsis: ‘Edible Experiments -a baker’s dozen of food experiments that explore the chemistry behind certain foods. During the lecture Jo will share her passion for food chemistry and answer some significantly silly food-based questions that have kept her up at night.’

This event of free of charge but please book places with Kevin.honeychurch@uwe.ac.uk

2019

15 January: RSC Family Talk, Cheltenham Ladies College, Gloucs

Prof. Adam Hart (Gloucestershire) a well-known TV, radio science communicator, will present an interactive talk on insect pheromones (title: ‘Saying it Smells’) for school students and members of the public. The talk will start at 6:30 pm and will be an hour or so in duration.

Lecture synopsis: ‘When they really want to get their point across, insects don't shout - they stink! Using a remarkable range of pheromones, chemicals they release to communicate with others, insects can "say" a great deal - and in some cases we can pick up on their message too. It isn't just a simple message either - the social insects like ants and honeybees can even organise their massive colonies using smells. In this interactive lecture, Professor Adam Hart immerses us in the smelly world of insect chemical communication.’

This is a free to attend event. Bristol ChemLabS , Cheltenham Ladies College and the Royal Society of Chemistry will work together to provide the third annual conference and was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  . For group bookings please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

22-23 January: UAS Training, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Tim Harrison or Jonny Furze will accompany a group of 5 final year undergraduates on a 2 day visit to this science college as part of their final year ‘Schools’ Project’. Bristol ChemLabS will be working with deputy headteacher Alison Simpson on the organisation of this event.

07 February: Twilight Teacher and Technician Training Event in Microscale Chemistry, Bradley Stoke School, Bristol

Time and Venue: 3:00pm start at Bradley Stoke Community School.

 Tim Harrison will lead a 90-minute hands-on session of microscale chemistry and a demonstration of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) equipment. This is a free event, but numbers are limited. It will be run more than once if numbers warrant it. This event is for all teachers and technicians and not just members of the North Avon Teaching School Alliance.

 Bristol ChemLabS is working with Tom Hill (Assistant Headteacher: Director of Post 16, Bradley Stoke) in the organisation of this event. The event is sponsored by a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). For more information please contact chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

19-20 February: RSC Scholars Meeting, National STEM Centre, University of York, Yorks

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

18 May: Up in the Clouds Festival, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales

Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison will be presenting a Saturday afternoon lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ at this festival held in ‘a wooded sand dune with a barn and a marquee’ . The event is sponsored by the portfolio of grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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.

10 June: Climate Change Lecture Demonstration for Bristol Science PGCEs, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison 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.

16- 21 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

Tentative: A group of around 25 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.  The students will engage in a series of practical workshops, tours, lectures and lecture demonstrations in English for 2.5 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. Academics and postgraduate scientists will give talks on their research areas. The lecture demonstration ‘’A Pollutant’s Tale‘ for the French Chemists will also be performed.

 ‘This programme gives them a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in a scientific English-speaking environment during their studies. It allows the students to enjoy both serious and fun science while practising their English language skills. Thanks to talks given by international post-graduate students, they get a glimpse of how to become a student in a British university. It motivates them to enter an international programme in their future engineering school and maybe start doctoral studies at the University of Bristol.’

08-09 July: RSC Scholar Professional Development Day (Summer Term), Burlington House, London

Tim Harrison will be one of the RSC scholars’ mentors working with groups of trainee teachers in the RSC’s Scholars Programme 2018-19.

 This will be the 6th annual visit coordinated by Dr Audrey Finkler from the Universite de Strasbourg (France).

12 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.

22 July- 09 August: Chemistry Camp for Chinese Undergraduate Students, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 20-30 undergraduate chemistry students will be immersing themselves in practical chemistry in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories during this period.

25 July: Chemistry Workshop Session for ITT Course, University of the West of England (UWE), 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. Bristol ChemLabS outreach is working with Julie Arnold (UWE Associate Lecturer (Chemistry)) in the organisation of this event. This workshop 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.

28-30 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.

29 October: RSC Scholars Training, University College London (UCL), London

Tim Harrison will be helping to deliver in-service courses in Practical for the latest cohort of trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project.

02 November: RSC Scholars Training, National STEM Centre, University of York, Yorks

Tim Harrison will be helping to deliver in-service courses in Practical for the latest cohort of trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project.

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