Recent Outreach Events

Wider community events archive

2017

October

24 October: RSC Scholars Training, Institute of Education, University College London

Tim Harrison delivered one of the 3 in-service courses in practical chemistry for 60 trainee teachers engaged in the RSC’s scholars project. The PGCE students learnt some chemistry demonstration skills and trialled a number of other practicals that they can take into schools to use with children of all ages.

18 October: STEM Training Day for Chemistry Students, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS, working with a local STEM Hub, hosted a 2-hour training session for 24 postgraduate and undergraduate chemists to work in outreach.

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

Nick Barker (Warwick), aided by Tim Harrison (Bristol) gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Boom in the Room’ to an audience of 329 primary and secondary students together with members of the wider community.

'Thank you so much for arranging the chemistry talk and accompanying and delivering such an interesting practical demonstration lecture with Nick Barker last Monday evening. The audience, which was one of the largest today and wide ranging in age, clearly enjoyed the talk and demonstrations very much and were delighted to have had the opportunity to ask questions afterwards and to hear your views.' Tim Gibson, Headteacher

The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS. The Bristol and District branch of the RSC is, once again, delighted to have worked with Alison Simpson (Malmesbury School).

September

26 September: Evening Lecture Demonstration for Bristol Girl Guides and Scouts Organisations, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS performed an early evening lecture demonstration for various local guides and scouting groups following on from the success of a similar event last year. Dr Emma Liddle, a chemist and a Queen’s Guide, assisted Tim Harrison in the delivery of this lecture for 320 people.

Bristol ChemLabS was assisted by Deb Wilkey, Assistant County Commissioner – Activities, Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

Among the guides and scouts groups present were: 2nd Filton Guides, 42nd Bitton Guides, 49th Bristol, 229th Bristol (St Aldhelms) Scout Group, 28th Westbury Guides, 2nd Frampton Cotterell, Blenheim Scouts, 93rd Bristol (St Albans) Guides, Almondsbury Scouts, 54th Guides, 62nd Scouts, 93rd Bristol (St Albans) Guides and Severn Beach Scouts Grouo.

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

August

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

40 undergraduate chemists from all over the UK and Western Europe who are about to start the industrial year of their degrees spent 3 days at Bristol ChemLabS in a residential course preparing them for their placements. The students spent 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.

July

29-31 July: Upfest, Ashton Gate Stadium and The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

RSC Education Coordinator, Beth Anderson, ran hands-on activities for members of the public at Upfest. Visitors could try paper chromatography, making Newton Colour spinners, painting with stencils and for older children and adults, making their own paint from synthetic and natural pigments. She was aided by postgraduate chemists Rob Arbon, Basile Curchod, Bethan Donnelly, Rebecca Ingle, Krishna Mistry and Joanna Sparks from the University of Bristol and 14 other RSC members from the Bristol and Bath area over the course of the 3 days. The event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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

Alison Rivett & Steve Street delivered an afternoon of Chemistry for a group of 14 graduate students on the Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course delivered by UWE/Vidlearn and 3 of their tutors. In the first part of the session Steve covered basic spectroscopic techniques and showcased the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project. In the second part Alison showed a variety of engaging chemical demonstrations on the topic of cryomaterials and chemical reactions linked to the KS3 curriculum, after which the students got the opportunity to have a go at some of them themselves. This event was 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.

08 July: "Coming Up Smelling of Roses", OU Alchemy, Birmingham, W. Midlands

This workshop was delivered to 22 members of the Open University's (OU) student chemical society, OU Alchemy, by Natalie Fey; around 10 of the participants also attended a workshop on outreach/public engagement activities with Natalie. The material has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter (now Manchester) and was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as OU Alchemy.

01 July: "Chemistry of a Cream Tea", Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

This workshop was delivered to 44 members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes by Chris Holland. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

June

26-30 June: Visiting Science Technicians from the University of Valencia, Science Faculty, University of Bristol

Two science technicians from the University of Valencia (Spain) visited Bristol ChemLabS and other science departments during the week to look at laboratory safety and organisational strategies. The technicians visited Biomedical Sciences, Physics and Life Sciences apart from the School of Chemistry.

21-22 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 18 French first year undergraduate Chemists from the Universite de Strasbourg spent two and a half days at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. The students were engaged in a series of practical workshops, tours, lectures and lecture demonstrations in English.

On the second day The students were entertained by a series of warm-up practical exercises before extracting caffeine from tea leaves. During the afternoon, the students enjoyed a lecture demonstration on Climate Change given by Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison before hearing a talk from recent PhD Thomas Farrugia on protein Films.

All students had a spectroscopy tour of the department at the end of the day. Analytcal techniques visited were NMR, X-Ray Diffraction and electron microscopy. Dr Samantha Tang (Outreach Officer for Nottingham University) was also on hand to give a talk on Green Chemistry’ to the group. On the last morning of the visit the group synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine using the skills learnt in the first days of the summer camp.

The postgraduates assisting the students in their work during thel ast day and a half were Shami (Amir) Kaspar, Lina Mohammed, Kelly Butterfield and Steve Street. This 4th visit to Bristol was coordinated by Dr Audrey Finkler from the Universite de Strasbourg.​

20 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Stroud High School, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Bristol ChemLabS Chemists Tom Burham and Fabian Stelzer so that Chemistry teachers could be trained to use it with ~80 Post 16 students. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

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

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross, aided by Postgraduate chemist Steve Street, presented a trainee teacher’s version of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to this year’s cohort of 40 PGCE science teachers. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

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

A group of 18 French first year undergraduate Chemists from the Universite de Strasbourg are spending two and a half days at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol . The students were engaged in a series of practical workshops, tours, lectures and lecture demonstrations in English on this first day. The students were entertained by a series of warm-up practical exercises before extracting caffeine from tea leaves. During the afternoon the students enjoyed a lecture demonstration on Climate Change given by Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison before hearing a talk from recent PhD Thomas Farrugia on protein Films. All students had a tour of the department at the end of the day. The postgraduates assisting the students in their work were Shami (Amir) Kaspar, Kelly Butterfield and Steve Street. This 4th visit to Bristol was coordinated by Dr Audrey Finkler from the Universite de Strasbourg.​

May

20 May: Family Open Day, Tocris Bioscience, Avonmouth, Bristol

Tim Harrison performed two lecture demonstrations at this open day for 100 employees and their families on a Saturday at the company’s plant in Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Stephen Reynolds, (Bi-Techne) in the organisation of this element of the event.

17 May: "Chemistry of a Cream Tea", West Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes, Scarcroft Village Hall, W. Yorkshire

This workshop was delivered to 33 members of the North Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

April

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

9 postgraduate Chemists were trained by Graphic Science Ltd to work with school students on the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach programme. Other STEM students were also trained in this event.​

March

16 March: Mayoral Science Awards, Southgate School, Barnet, North London

After a year absence Tim Harrison returned to this event to deliver a chemistry demonstration during the evening for award winning science students and their families from across the Enfield Education Authority.​ He gave a performance of ‘Gases in the Air’ to 180 students, parents, teachers and Enfield Councillors.

11 March: Lecture Demonstration, European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, France

Tim Harrison travelled to NE France to deliver the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 194 school students, undergraduate students, parents, grandparents, academics and other members of the public. A regular visitor to Bristol ChemLabS Prof Audrey Heckner (Finkler) (Strasbourg) assisted in the organisation of this event.

February

27 February: Seminar on Science Outreach and Communication, School of Chemistry, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison presented this lunchtime seminar ‘Bristol ChemLabS Outreach: A Win, Win, Win Situation’ to 40 members of Faculty and senior students at the School of Chemistry. The seminar described the advantages to schools, Chemistry Students and to the University in engaging in high volume, high quality outreach. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Joyce Sewry (Rhodes) in the organisation of this visit.

27 February: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ Workshop, School of Chemistry, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison led an afternoon workshop for 13 new Chemistry and Pharmacy postgraduates and Honours students in the delivery of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ lecture demonstration. He was assisted by Charlie Donoghue (Rhodes). Rhodes University Chemists have been delivering this talk in regional schools in a joint project with Bristol ChemLabS for several years. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Joyce Sewry (Rhodes) in the organisation of this visit.

'Tim also spent one afternoon training Chemistry postgraduate students and student teachers on presenting ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. This was not only beneficial to the students in the short term but also to the department in the long term, since now we have some students who can go out and present to schools in the region. ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ and the hands-on experiments developed by Bristol ChemLabS are used in the Chemistry Honours course as a service-learning module.' J. Sewry, Rhodes

10 February: Somerset-wide Science Teachers S4S5 INSET Meeting, Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater, Somerset

Bristol ChemLabS’ Tim Harrison and Ash Griffith delivered 2 workshops for 16 teachers on the RSC’s SIAS project and in cryomaterials training at this teacher training event at Robert Blake Science College, Bridgwater.

'You will be really pleased to know your workshop was really well received.' Organising teacher

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Tom Johns of Kingsmead School in the organisation of this event.

07 February: "Chemistry of a Cream Tea", Gwent Federation of Women's Institutes, Little Mill, Gwent

This workshop was delivered to around 25 members of the Gwent Federation of Women's Institutes by Natalie Fey (Bristol) and PhD student Robin Groleau. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

07 February: Kinetics Inreach Demonstartion lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave a lecture demonstration as part of the second year undergraduate chemistry course to 200 students.​

06 February: Science Teacher Training, Stranmillis University, Belfast, N. Ireland

Tim Harrison gave two invited lectures to trainee teachers at the Northern Ireland University. The first lecture demonstration on aspects of fragrance chemistry coupled with some of the more standard lecture chemistry demonstrations was for 19 secondary science undergraduates in Years 1 and 2. The second talk for 30 people, mainly primary science teacher trainees and members of faculty, was repeat of the first. Both talks emphasised everyday chemistry and safe demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS worked with John McCullagh of Stanmillis in the organisation of the event which was sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).

January

26 January: TMCS Transferable Skills Training - Blogging and Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS

Students of cohort 2 (2015 intake) of the Theory and Modelling in the Chemical Sciences Centre (TCMS) for Doctoral Training (Oxford, Southampton and Bristol) came to Bristol for a workshop on communicating chemistry via blogs and social media, led by Dr Natalie Fey. They also enjoyed a lecture by Tim Harrison exploring opportunities for outreach activities in schools. As part of their training, they prepared blog posts for the Picture It... Chemistry site.

25 January: Careers Evening for Chew Magna Guide Group, Chew Magna, Bath and North East Somerset

The local guide group hosted a number of women, including Dr Natalie Fey (Bristol) from the Women in Chemistry Working Group, to speak about their careers, particularly those in areas that girls would not normally consider. The event took place in the Chew Magna Baptist Hall.

24 January: TMCS Transferable Skills Training - Blogging and Chemistry, Bristol ChemLabS

Students of Cohort 1 (2014 intake) of the Theory and Modelling in the Chemical Sciences Centre (TMCS) for Doctoral Training (Oxford, Southampton and Bristol) came to Bristol for a workshop on communicating chemistry via blogs and social media, led by Dr Natalie Fey. As part of their training, they prepared a blog post for the Picture It... Chemistry site, which you can find here.

10 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Training, Bristol ChemLabS

An ‘emergency’ training session on the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit for postgraduate Chemists was led by Tim Harrison. The SIAS kit allows Post 16 students the opportunity to use the spectrometers in their own schools. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

2016

December

16 December: Family Christmas Lecture for Engineers, Bristol ChemLabS

Nick Barker (Warwick), aided by Tim Harrison (Bristol), delivered the Christmas chemistry lecture demonstration ’A Boom in the Room’ for families of members of various engineering professional bodies from the Bristol area including the IMechE, IEE and the IET among others. 300 children, parents and grandparents thoroughly enjoyed the hour-long lecture along with mince pies and drinks.

 'Thank you for a great event last night - truly inspirational as well as entertaining, and the adults I've spoken to since enjoyed it just as much as the children.' Russell Haines IET Bristol

On behalf of the Nuclear Institute, can I just add my thanks to everyone involved in organising and presenting the event. It was a great evening enjoyed by everyone. My son particularly enjoyed the use of a frozen banana as a hammer.’ Stuart Jelliss Nuclear Institute

The event was sponsored by the Engineers’ professional bodies and a portfolio of grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

06 December: Ogden Science Officers Meeting, University of Birmingham

Tim Harrison gave a presentation on ‘Bristol ChemLabS Outreach’ to 20 Ogden Officers from across the UK.

'I can see why ChemLabS has such a fantastic international reputation and it was so great to see how enthusiastic you are about what you are doing. Hopefully it will have inspired lots of OSO (Ogden Science Officers) as well.'

03 December: The Prince's Teaching Institute Chemistry New Teacher Subject Day, Pimlico Academy, London

Wuge Briscoe taught a group of 15 newly qualified teachers on the topic of ‘Energy and The First Law of Thermodynamics’ on this Saturday event.

02 December: Outreach Workshop, University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Tim Harrison, worked with 15 members of the School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton to discuss all aspects of outreach during the afternoon.

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01 December: University of Bristol Schools Engagement Fair, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Emma Liddle staffed the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach stand and talked to 35 teachers about chemistry outreach opportunities for primary and secondary schools.

November

22 November: Chemical Education Workshops for WA Teachers and Technical Staff, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison returned to Edith Cowan University (ECU) for the fourth year to deliver CPD training. 31 science teachers, technical staff and lecturers from 22 schools and colleges, plus ECU, in the Perth and Greater Perth area attended the 2 two-and-a-half hour sessions held in the School of Science. This year the CPD sessions were extended to cover elements of physics (School of Medical and Health Sciences), biology (Kristina Lemson) and aboriginal historical science (Jason Barrow, School of Kuronkurl Katitjin, ECU). Nadia Bordas and Magda Wajrak (both School of Science, ECU) also delivered sessions in an event organised by Magda Wajrak.

Wonderful, friendly and experienced staff who were passionate and inspired me to incorporate the practical activities/ideas into student learning.’ Science Teacher

Representatives from the following schools attended: Sacred Heart College, Emmanuel Catholic College, Warwick Senior High School, St Marks Anglican Community School, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Mercy College, Mater Dei College, Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Catholic Education Office, Divine Mercy College, Scotch College, Thornlie Christian College Warwick SHS, Ellenbrook, Perth Modern, John XXIII College, ECU Education Department, Scitech Science Squad and an unnamed school, (New Brunswick, Canada), Wesley College, Kingsway Christian College, Divine Mercy College and an unnamed school (New Brunswick, Canada).

The event was sponsored jointly by the ‘Old Ways, New Ways’ project and the School of Science at ECU and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

11 November: Inreach: Lecture Demonstration for Undergraduate Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented a lecture demonstration as a synoptic session for 140 students on the 1X Chemistry course.

October

31 October: School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) Lecture Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, aided by Chloe Anderson from Centre for Public Engagement, Marketing & Communications, University of Bristol, gave another 2 hour workshop on the creation of talks for secondary school students for 3 research scientists from STEM subjects. Chemistry postgraduate Thomas Farrugia gave an example of such a ‘lecturette’. This session is to be followed up with individual sessions with the researchers.

25 October: RSC Scholars ITT Meeting, Institute of Education, University College London

Tim Harrison aided in delivering sessions for PGCE Chemistry teachers during the day-long session. He delivered 3x 1.5 hour practical chemistry sessions to 46 trainee teachers for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s PGCE Chemistry scholars at UCL.

24 October: STEM Ambassador Training, University of Bristol

5 UAS Chemistry students were among those involved in STEM Ambassador Training held in the School of Mathematics. The event was run by members of Graphic Science Ltd.​

17 October: Chemistry Demonstration Training for Undergraduate Chemists Bristol, ChemLabS

Tim Harrison gave a 2 hour training session for 5 undergraduate chemists involved in the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme within Bristol ChemLabS.

11 October: Primary Outreach Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Alison Rivett led a training session for 15 undergraduate and postgraduate chemists so they would be better prepared in assisting in the delivery of Bristol ChemLabS outreach for Key Stage 2 pupils.

03-04 October: PSTT Conference, At-Bristol, Bristol

Tim Harrison represented the University of Bristol at the annual Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) College meeting. During the conference 5 national award winning primary teachers were shown around the School of Chemistry.

PSTT Conference

September

26 September: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

16 Postgraduate Chemists were trained to work with school groups by representatives of Graphic Science Limited who are the STEM Ambassador Hub West England.

August

31 August-02 September: Industrial Placement Training for GSK Undergraduate Placement Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

40 undergraduate chemists who are about to start the industrial year of their degrees spent 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 spent 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 was jointly delivered using GSK, Bristol ChemLabS and Biotage staff and Bristol postgraduates.

25 August: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, Crypt School, Gloucester, Gloucs

A training session on the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit for postgraduate Chemists was led by Steph Flynn. The SIAS kit allows Post 16 students the opportunity to use the spectrometers in their own schools. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.​

July

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

Tim Harrison, aided by Steph Flynn, delivered an afternoon of Chemistry for a group of 15 graduate science students on the Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course delivered by UWE/Vidlearn. The first part of the session involved training in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project. This was followed by a session on the chemistry of the atmosphere and finally a hands-on session on cryomaterials.

Feedback from course delegates:

 ‘It was an "explosive" demonstration that inspired me for my future teaching. Although it covered the serious stuff, including safety and risk assessment, the part that I liked the most was all the enthusiasm and energy that he transmitted and that I hope I'll be able to replicate later on in classroom.

Very insightful and inspiring for trainee teachers. Useful demos to gain pupils interest in Chemistry.’

Whizz bang” science designed to engage and inspire students – inspirational advice for PGCE students.’

This event was 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.

11-15 July: Spectroscopy Workshops for French Chemistry Teachers, Bristol ChemLabS

Two chemistry teachers from French Department of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean spent the week within the School of Chemistry engaged in spectroscopy workshops (NMR, SEM, GCMS, IR and UV Vis) and in outreach discussions.

08 July: “Woman in Chemistry – Women in Science”, Kent West Federation of Women’s Institutes, Hadlow Village Hall, Kent

Natalie Fey presented her academic career in Chemistry to an audience of about 160 members of the Kent West Federation, as well as describing some recent initiatives to increase female participation in academia. She also shared some take-home material, developed together with Eloise Hicketts, and demonstrated some simple chemical reactions in the lunch break. The demonstrations were supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

June

22 June: SIAS Training for Postgraduate Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol Chemist Tim Snow led 5 postgraduates through Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) training so that they may work in schools during 2016/17.

21-24 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

A third group of 21 French first year undergraduate Chemists from the Universite de Strasbourg spent time at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. The students will be engaged in a series of practical workshops, tours lectures and lecture demonstrations in English for 4 days during the week. Apart from synthesising and extracting a number of pharmaceutical components the students used spectroscopic techniques, toured several analytical laboratories and engaged in lectures and talks. Tim Harrison provided the usual ‘edutainment’ through two lecture demonstrations, one on kinetics and one on climate change. Postgraduates Thomas Farrugia and Steve Street gave talks on their research. The French students also visited ‘STAN’ in Medical Sciences.

The visit was coordinated by Dr Audrey Finkler from the Universite de Strasbourg. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the lab sessions were Steph Flynn, Iyke Ndukwe, Ash Griffin and Emma Liddle.

13 June: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Northamptonshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Moulton, Northampton

This workshop was delivered to around 20 members of the Northamptonshire Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

13 June: Climate Change Lecture Demonstration for Bristol PGCEs, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented a teacher’s extended version of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to this year’s cohort of 37 science PGCE trainee teachers from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. This event is sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

13 June: School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) Lecture Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, aided by Chloe Anderson from Centre for Public Engagement, Marketing & Communications, University of Bristol, gave a morning workshop on the creation of talks for secondary school students for research scientists from STEM subjects. Postgraduate Chemist Abi Coveny gave an example of such a ‘lecturette’ during the course. This session is to be followed up with individual sessions with any of the researchers wishing it at a later date.

08-12 June: PSTT International Primary Science Teaching Conference, Belfast, N. Ireland

Tim Harrison represented the University of Bristol at this conference attended by several hundred teachers and academics from around the world at the Primary Science Teaching Trust’s (PSTT) first international conference.

08 June: “Perfume Workshop”, Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham, Gloucs

This workshop was delivered to around 30 visitors to the Cheltenham Science Festival by Natalie Fey. It was based on the “Coming Up Smelling of Roses” workshop developed by Natalie Fey, Jenny Slaughter and Lexy Miles-Hobbs for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and adapted for this event by Natalie Fey.

02-03 June: RSC Scholar’s Training Meeting, University of York, Yorkshire

Tim Harrison took a mentoring part in this two day training session for PGCE Chemistry teachers based at the National Science Learning centre sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).​ The course, ‘Developing Expertise in Pedagogical Approaches to Chemistry Teaching’, was attended by 40 PGCE teachers from all over England.

May

22-23 May: RSC Outreach Conference 2016, Newcastle

Tim Harrison represented Bristol ChemLabS and the Western Division of the RSC’s Analytical Division at the second national conference at the Life Science Centre.

23 May: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Avon Federation of Women’s Institutes, Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset

This workshop was delivered to 40 members of the Avon Federation by Natalie Fey and Chris Holland. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

17 May: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes, Tibenham, Norfolk

This workshop was delivered to 34 members of the Norfolk Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

13 May: Teachers Programme, Salters’ Festival 2, Bristol ChemLabS

As part of the revamped Salters’ Festivals, sessions for teachers were introduced. After a session provided by the Salters’ Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Duncan Wass addressed the 14 teachers and discussed recent advances in catalytic chemistry and its applications.

12 May: Tickenham WI Group, North Somerset

Alison Rivett was invited to give an interactive talk to the Tickenham WI Group for their biennial Educational event held at the Cross Tree Centre in Wraxall. The 40 ladies all enjoyed finding out more about the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere and getting involved with the demonstrations. Afterwards the Group's Secretary said "I just wanted to tell you how much we all enjoyed last Thursday. I spoke to several members afterwards and all the comments were positive. You kept everyone's interest and made the subject accessible to all. Their was no complex jargon and the content was very understandable. The involvement of the audience added an extra dimension which was very entertaining."

12 May: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Ceredigion Federation of Women’s Institutes, Caerwedros Hall, Ceredigion

This workshop was delivered to 16 members of the Ceredigon Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

11 May: Teachers Programme, Salters’ Festival 1, Bristol ChemLabS

As part of the revamped Salters’ Festivals, sessions for teachers were introduced. After a session provided by the Salters’ Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Duncan Wass addressed the 16 teachers and discussed recent advances in catalytic chemistry and its applications.

05 May: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes, Newcastle, Northumberland

This workshop was delivered to 24 members of the Northumberland Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

April

28 April: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, East Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes, Boreham, East Sussex

This workshop was delivered to 19 members of the East Sussex Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

23 April: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea” and “The Acid Test”, Pembrokeshire WI Federation Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

The Pembrokeshire Federation organised a full day of chemistry workshops delivered by Natalie Fey, with around 20 ladies attending the “Cream Tea” and 10 staying on for the “Acid Test”. The workshop material has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn (Cream Tea) and Natalie Fey, Jenny Slaughter and Luc Foley (Acid Test), and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

March

17 March: Lecture Demonstration, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Dudley Shallcross and postgraduate Chemist Ash Griffith presented the atmospheric chemistry and climate change lecture ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 170 members of the community during the evening event in celebration of Guernsey’s first National Science Week. The lecture took place at the Ladies College and was organised by head of Science Dr Karen Marshall. This lecture followed the lecture ‘Saying it with Smells’ presented by Prof Adam Hart (Gloucs) the night before. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

11 March: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Dorset Federation of Women’s Institutes, Corfe Mullen, Dorset

This workshop was delivered to 38 members of the Dorset Federation. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

01 March: RSC Scholars' Meeting, Bristol ChemLabS

Saskia O’Sullivan, working with Bristol ChemLabS and aided by Steph Flynn, delivered a training session for 2 of the RSC Scholars (PGCE Chemistry students) in the southwest.​

February

27 February: “Modelling Molecules”, St. Mary's Primary School Science Fair, Thornbury, South Gloucs

This event was attended by over 500 pupils and parents and involved half-hour sessions in which older pupils and their parents were given a brief introduction to molecules, followed by opportunities to sample a variety of fragrances and make molecular models of the active ingredients. Younger pupils were also catered for thanks to Bryony Wadkin-Snaith's design and production of vanillin and geraniol-themed colouring sheets, which proved very popular.

The activities were led by Chris Holland and supported by academic staff members Natalie Fey and Karen Parrish, technical staff member Bryony Wadkin-Snaith and final year BSc students Olivia Levy, Bobbie Walker and Alex Sunley (all three involved in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme). The event was supported by the Bristol and District section of the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as Bristol’s CHeMneT Network.

23 February: “In a Pickle – the Chemistry of Preserving”, Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Chester, Cheshire

This workshop, exploring the fundamental laws and processes allowing the preservation of food, was delivered to 46 members of the Cheshire Federation by Natalie Fey. The material has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

17 February: “Chemistry of a Cream Tea”, Suffolk East Federation of Women’s Institutes, Stratford St. Andrew, Suffolk

This workshop, exploring the chemistry of solids and large molecules, was delivered to 50 members of the Suffolk East Federation by Natalie Fey. It has been developed by Natalie Fey and Steph Flynn and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

10 February: A Chemical Delight, Undergraduate Lecture, Bristol ChemLabS

To the delight of the students, Dudley Shallcross and Tim Harrison gave 170 second year Chemists a performance of a Chemical Delight to highlight aspects of their Physical Chemistry courses.

06 February: Prince’s Teaching Trust Weekend Workshop, Birmingham

Duncan Wass once again delivered a workshop on ‘Catalysts for Sustainable Chemicals’ on this Saturday event. Such workshops are for Chemistry Teachers who are in the first 5 years of their teaching career. 10 teachers were present at the conference arranged as part of a course by the Prince’s Teaching Trust.

January

29 January: BTEC Laboratory Design Coursework Visit, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross gave an ‘inreach’ presentation as a synoptic lecture demonstration on Atmospheric Chemistry to 120 Year 3 undergraduate chemistry students as part of their degree courses.

28 January: SIAS Training Session, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist Tim Snow led a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase training session for 4 UAS students allowing the students to take the equipment into their own placement schools to pass on their knowledge and experience to Post 16 Chemistry students.​

15 January: College of School Teacher Fellows Annual Meeting, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison represented Bristol ChemLabS Outreach and chaired the meeting at this annual event. Present were also representatives from the universities of Reading, Warwick, Newcastle, Northumberland, Nottingham and Wolverhampton. Representatives from the Universitad de la Republica (Uruguay) and the Royal Society of Chemistry were present. A video contribution from Southampton was also received.

2015

December

15 December: STEM Ambassador Training Course, Bristol ChemLabS

Ellie Cripps from Graphic Science Ltd led an afternoon STEM Ambassador Training course in the School of Chemistry. 3 postgraduate chemists undertook training among the 30 engineers and other scientists present.​

14 December: Fusion Christmas Lecture Demonstration, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross got together for a rare double act version of 'A Pollutant's Tale' for 75 members of Fusion, the School of Chemistry's own undergraduate chemistry society. The early evening lecture demonstration was followed by a wine reception. The lecture was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group at the University of Bristol.

12 December: Prince’s Teaching Trust Course, Pimlico Academy, Central London

Tim Harrison delivered one session on the ‘Atoms and bonding’ day to a group of 14 newly-qualified and trainee teachers of Chemistry from London and the southeast at this weekend event. The Prince’s Teaching Institute is a charity set up to re-inspire and reinvigorate teachers by providing them with high quality, subject-based professional development. This event is part of a course, a series of six Saturdays over the academic year, specifically designed for teachers new to the profession and aims to provide them with the subject knowledge and confidence to teach an exciting and challenging curriculum back at school.

11 December: School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) Lecture Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, aided by Chloe Anderson from Centre for Public Engagement, Marketing & Communications (University of Bristol), gave a 2 hour workshop on the creation of talks for secondary school students for 4 research scientists from STEM subjects. Postgraduate Abi Coveney gave an example of such a ‘lecturette’ with her talk on ‘Nanoholes’. This session is to be followed up with individual sessions with the researchers.

10 December: RSC Family Meeting- ‘Science with a Bang’, Bristol ChemLabS

Ben Brown (Explorer Dome) presented this lecture demonstration for around 30 members of the public. The event was supported by Bristol ChemLabS and was hosted and sponsored by the RSC Bristol and District branch.

04 December: UAS Chemistry Demonstration Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison led an afternoon training session for 7 Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) students who are placed in local schools as part of their degree programmes.

November

26 November: RACI Lecture ‘Lessons Learned from 10 Years of Outreach at Bristol ChemLabS’, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison was a guest of the Western Australia branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and presented a talk to 20 of the local academic and industrial members.

26 November: Chemical Demonstration Workshop for WA Science teachers and Technical Staff, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison and Dr Magda Wajrak (ECU), aided by Nadia Bordas (ECU), delivered two half day training sessions on practical chemistry for a total of 30 technicians and chemistry teachers from 18 schools from the greater Perth area. This was the third such joint venture between Bristol ChemLabS and ECU. Even a former Bristol PGCE was present! ‘Great to see the demos and then have a chance to work through them’. ‘Great job guys! Friendly, made us feel at home and relaxed to ask questions.’ The event was sponsored by a Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP) grant (ECU) and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

24 November: SIAS Software Update Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Shuttleworth organised training on the new SIAS infra red spectrometer software for 5 postgraduates. We thank the representative from the company for giving up time to do this.

17 November: RSC Evening Lecture, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Annela Seddon (Bristol) delivered the RSC Outreach evening lecture “Why small is beautiful" on nanoscience as a joint Royal Society of Chemistry and Bristol ChemLabS meeting. An audience of 40, including 16 Post 16 students from local schools, enjoyed the highly entertaining talk.

13 November: Lecture Demonstration for Undergraduates, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison aided Dudley Shallcross in the delivery of a synoptic lecture for around 160 first year undergraduates through the delivery of practical demonstrations for some of the elements.

3 November: RSC Scholars South West Meeting, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, the RSC Scholars South West Mentor, gave an evening hands-on workshop in practical chemistry for 5 members of this group.

03 November: Primary Science Practical Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Alison Rivett spent the afternoon in training 3 of the UAS Chemistry students in aspects of practical chemistry work for primary aged students. This event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

03 November: Teacher Training Session, Redcliffe Children's Centre, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Glover delivered a workshop to 12 staff involved in teaching on ideas for making science more exciting and bringing in more physics and chemistry related discovery learning in early years using everyday chemicals. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

October

27 October: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

In two sessions of training, led by Ellie Cripps from Graphic Science, at total of 20 Postgraduate Chemists and 7 Engineers were inducted into the national STEM programme. Of these 6 also undertook the primary science training with Alison Rivett.​

13 October: Outreach Talk, CDT Catalysis, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison gave a talk on Chemistry outreach to all 11 first year postgraduates as part of the induction of this cohort of students from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff.

06 October: RSC Evening Lecture, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave an evening family lecture entitled ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 180 school students and members of the wider community as part of the RSC’s programme for 2015/16. Around 80 students from Malmesbury School and St Mary’s Calne were present. This lecture was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).​

September

07 September: School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) Lecture Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, aided by Chloe Anderson from Centre for Public Engagement, Marketing & Communications (University of Bristol), gave a 2 hour workshop on the creation of talks for secondary school students for research scientists from STEM subjects. 9 postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers from Engineering, Medical Sciences, Medicine and Science Faculties were present. Postgraduate Chemist Steve Street will give an example of such a ‘lecturette’ (on ‘Anti Cancer Sugar-based Drugs). This session is to be followed up with individual sessions with the researchers later in the term.

02-04 September: Industrial Placement Training for GSK Undergraduate Placement Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

35 undergraduate chemists who are about to start the industrial year of their degrees spent 3 days at Bristol ChemLabS teaching laboratories in a residential course preparing them for their placements. The students from many universities in the UK, France, Spain and Ireland spent 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. Six members of GSK staff, 2 staff from Biotage, 4 Bristol postgraduate demonstrators and the technical staff team were involved, all led by Jenny Slaughter.

This was the ninth year that this course has been run.

09 September: Sounds of Chemistry Project, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison worked with 3 sound and video recordists from the film support company 'Radium Sound' to compile a section of sounds of chemical reactions and laboratory background noises.

July

23 July: Chemistry Lecture Demonstration Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison instructed on a full day of chemistry demonstration training for 7 postgraduate chemists from the University of Bristol. The aim was to empower the postgraduate to deliver their own lecture demonstrations for school students in the future. The event was the second of such events sponsored by a small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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

Tim Harrison delivered an afternoon of Chemistry for a group of 11 graduate students on the Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course delivered by UWE/Vidlearn. The students came from all over the south of the UK. The first part of the session was a lecture demonstration on Climate Change Chemistry which was followed by training in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project. The afternoon was concluded by a session on cryomaterials.

This event was jointly sponsored by the RSC’s SIAS project and by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

‘The whole demonstration was stimulating from beginning to end the experiments were not only exciting but also educational. Personally I enjoyed seeing the experiments first, and then having the questions answered as to ‘why’. It definitely got me talking about science to my friends!’ ‘Inspirational’, ‘Science club on steroids!’ ‘It was great to see all the most dramatic practicals we could do altogether in one place. It feels like it has saved hours of trawling and practising for the best ones. Really interesting to see spectroscopy and that we can access it.’ ‘Infectious enthusiasm’, ‘Like watching a magician, well-practised.’ Feedback from pre-PGCE students training session at UWE.

16 July: "Coming Up Smelling of Roses", Thornbury Science Festival, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 9 participants at the Thornbury Science Festival in the Thornbury Methodist Hall. The Thornbury Science Festival was organised by colleague Chris Holland (Bristol). The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

15 July: Some History of Chemistry: A Lecture Demonstration, Thornbury, S.Gloucs

Bristol ChemLabS Chemists Chris Holland and Tim Harrison put on a 2.5 hour lecture demonstration for 40 members of the public as part of the Thornbury Science Festival 2015. The event is sponsored by a Portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University if Bristol and by Bristol ChemLabS.

June

22-26 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg, Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

A second annual group of 24 students undergraduate students from Strasbourg, who had just finished their first year and who are destined to become Chemists or Chemical Engineers spent 3.5 days at the University of Bristol with 3 days in Chemistry enjoying talks, demonstrations, tours and practical exercises The Extraction and Quantification of Vanillin from vanilla essence.

Among the chemistry practicals that the students experienced were caffeine extraction Vanillin extraction and quantification, benzocaine synthesis and determination by ultra violet visible spectroscopy. Talks were given by postgraduate chemists Steven Street and Thomas Farrugia. Tim Harrison gave talks on atmospheric chemistry (‘A Pollutant’s Tale’) and perfume chemistry. Neil Alan gave a talk on nano-chemistry to the group. In midweek analytical tours took place where students could see at first hand electron microscopy (SEM), mass spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The group were also guests of Medical Sciences and had sessions with STAN and the virtual microscopes. A perfumery session was also part of the academic diet of the week’s visit.

Michelle Montgomery, Sarah Glover, Ikenna Nduwke, Emma Blackham and Ash Griffith were among the demonstrators assisting in tours and practical work.

20 June: "The Acid Test", Jersey Federation of Womens' Institutes, Jersey

This event was delivered by Natalie Fey to 22 participants from the Jersey Federation of Women's Institutes in a church hall on the island of Jersey. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Luc Foley, and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

18 June: "Catalysts - Hero-Support for the Molecular Sciences", Skirting Science Day, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing School, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

Skirting Science is an award winning event that aims to inspire the next generation of female scientists. It brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals from various research, industrial and educational establishments, and is organised by Soroptimist International's Weston branch, as explained on the Skirting Science webpages: http://www.skirtingscience.co.uk/.

This year, Dr Natalie Fey contributed a workshop on catalysis to this event, including both a demonstration of different catalysts and a range of different team activities working on catalyst discovery, optimisation and modelling. The workshop ran three times over the course of the morning, and was attended by between 10 and 16 girls from a number of schools in the local area, along with a teacher and an observer from the Soroptimists. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey with help from Jenny Slaughter and the technical staff at Bristol and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

15 June: Climate Chemistry for Bristol PGCE Students, Bristol ChemLabS

About 75 scientists, geographers and historians on PGCE courses at the University of Bristol enjoyed a full 90 minute version of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ lecture demonstration performed by Tim Harrison. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

05 June: Chemistry Outreach Conference, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Tim Harrison spoke at the first RSC National Conference on Chemistry Outreach at which there were around 50 delegates from interested groups from within the RSC. This was the first time that the RSC will have brought together representatives from local and regional groups, as well as members from the Outreach Working Group. The conference discussed and shared ideas on current and future activities in outreach in general, and Chemistry Week in particular.

01 June: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

STEM ambassador training workshop took place in the School of Chemistry for 13 Postgraduate Chemists and others from the wider university. The session was led by representatives from Graphic Science (an external STEM training organisation)

May

27 May: Primary Outreach Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Alison Rivett took 5 new Postgraduate Chemists wishing to engage with primary school centred outreach events through the appropriate training.

26 May 2015: ‘Coming up Smelling of Roses', Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 15 ladies and 1 grandson from the Warwickshire Federation of Women's Institutes (WI) in Stoneleigh Village Hall in Warwickshire. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

22 May: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 adult learners, engaged in Chemistry units on the Access to Higher Education course at Weston College (Weston Super Mare), visited Bristol ChemLabS for a caffeine extraction workshop and an afternoon of talks and lecture demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS was working with their teacher Lisa Page, an ex-postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bristol in the organisation of this event. Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ and Thomas Farrugia gave a talk on his research into ‘Protein Films’. The postgraduate demonstrator assisting the students was Sarah Glover.

21 May 2015: "Coming up Smelling of Roses', East Hendred, Oxfordshire

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 39 ladies from the Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes (WI) in Snells Hall in East Hendred. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

19 May 2015: Bristol U3A Group

In response to a special request Alison Rivett gave an hour-long Demonstration Lecture to the 80-plus members of this local University of The Third Age group at their monthly meeting in Broadmead Baptist Church, central Bristol. Despite being a little older than the usual ChemLabS audience, the talk and demonstrations about Gases in the Earth's Atmosphere were enjoyed by all, including a number of brave and enthusiastic volunteers!

April

20 April: School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) Lecture Training Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, aided by Chloe Anderson from Centre for Public Engagement, Marketing & Communications, University of Bristol, gave a 2 hour workshop on the creation of talks for secondary school students to 5 research scientists from Physics and Medical Sciences. Thomas Farrugia gave an example of his ‘lecturette’ on enzyme chemistry. This session is to be followed up with individual sessions with the researchers.

For more information about the SUPI programme see here.​

13-15 April: Chemistry Practical Courses for The Open University, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS again hosted the practical components of Open University Chemistry degree programmes for this annual event. 27 undergraduates from all over the UK attended the two and a half days of intensive practical work. The sessions were supervised by Jenny Slaughter and Chris Holland. Several Bristol postgraduate Chemists also acted as demonstrators.

March

31 March 2015: "Coming up Smelling of Roses', Derby, Derbyshire

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 36 ladies from the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes (WI) in Derbyshire House in Derby. Natalie was accompanied by Jenny Slaughter, as well as Jason Lynam from the University of York, who both helped with delivery and photos. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

31 March: Chemistry Lecture Demonstration Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison assisted by Nick Barker (Warwick) led a full day of chemistry demonstration training for 10 postgraduate chemists and fellows from the universities of Bristol, Bath, Southampton and Warwick universities. The event was the first of two such events sponsored by a small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society or Chemistry (RSC).

30 March: RSC Scholars’ Evening Meeting, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison, assisted by Saskia O‘Sullivan (Rendcomb School, Gloucs), held a support meeting for 8 trainee Chemistry Teachers sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

28 March: RSC Evening Lecture, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

20 members of the RSC attended a talk on the Chemistry of Diamonds given by Paul May (Bristol) as part of the Bristol and District Local Section programme for 2014/15.

17 March: 'Gases in the Air' Lecture Demonstrations, Southgate School, Enfield, North London

As part of the local celebrations of National Science Week Tim Harrison performed the evening lecture demonstration for 150 KS3 and 4 students and their parents at the Mayor of Enfield’s Science Award ceremony. Tim Harrison has performed at this event for 6 years.

14 March: PTT Teacher Training (2), Ivybridge School, Devon

Duncan Wass gave an afternoon seminar on catalysis to 15 teachers at a Prince’s Teaching Trust (PTT) event at the Ivybridge School venue. Bristol’s School of Chemistry has contributed to several of these sessions during this academic year.

14 March: Teacher Training, IvyBridge School, Devon

Dudley Shallcross took an additional training session for 15 newly qualified teachers on the topic of kinetics in an event organised by the Prince's Teaching Trust.

07-08 March : Science Alive 2015, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong, China

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach delivered 26 twenty minute lecture demonstrations on atmospheric chemistry to a total of 3542 members of the public and hands-on Chemistry experiences for 900 young students at this 2 day event The 14 hours of public engagement took place in the public piazza of the Science Centre under a big, pink, inflatable canopy. The Bristol ChemLabS team working with British Council ( main sponsors and organisers) were James Fothergill, Alison Rivett and Tim Harrison. A total of 8 undergraduate first year scientists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology assisted with the practical work and language translations.

The Bristol team were also sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol news item

07 March 2014: Subject Day for Newly Qualified Teachers of Chemistry, Pimlico College, London

Dudley Shallcross spent this Saturday in Pimlico College presenting a talk on the latest aspects of Climate Change to 30 newly qualified science teachers The training session organised by the Prince's Trust.

February

2nd February: Seminar, Colwall Village Hall,C​olwall, Malvern,Worcestershire

The 'Why is Grass Green?' seminar was delivered by Jenny Slaughter and Natalie Fey to ​around 60 members of the Wyche and Colwall Horticultural Society in Colwall Village Hall. There is a review of the event here:

January

26 January: ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed some ‘inreach’ with third year undergraduates in delivering a tailored lecture demonstration of ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 140 students as part of their Atmospheric Chemistry module.

16 January: College of School Teacher Fellows Annual Meeting, Nottingham University

Tim Harrison represented Bristol ChemLabS Outreach at this annual event. The day was sponsored by the Royal Society of chemistry (RSC).

2014

December

16 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison trained another 3 Postgraduates in the use of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) equipment in preparation for their visits into schools in the south west as part of the RSC’s schools’ project.

10 December: ‘FameLab in Bristol’ Science Communication Competition, Watershed, Bristol

Tim Harrison joined the judging panel for this year’s local heat for the National FameLab competition held at the watershed in Bristol’s harbour side. The other two judges are Dr Sujata Kundu (ex-FameLab candidate and Engineering Teaching Fellow at the Imperial College London) and Ben Garrod (BBC 4 ‘Science of Bones’). The evening competition saw 14 contestants engaging the audience with short presentations across a range of the sciences.

08 December: SIAS Training, Petroc College, Barnstable, Devon

Tim Harrison visited the Post 16 college with the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit to train staff on how to use it. The kit will be with the college for several days so that the 80 Year 13 students could have the opportunity to use it. This will be the first of two visits, the second being for the BTEC students in January. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

06 December: Prince’s Trust Teacher Training: Periodicity Lecture, Ivybridge Community College, Devon

Tim Harrison delivered a lecture on the topic of ‘Periodicity’, which included a discussion of catalysis research, at this Saturday event organised by the Prince’s Teaching Institute. 10 newly qualified teachers, and two more experienced colleagues, were present. The Prince’s Teaching Institute is a charity based in London that runs subject-based CPD events for new teachers in several venues across the country.

November

27 November: ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ Workshop, Robert Blake Science College, Bridgewater, Somerset

Postgraduate Chemist James Fothergill led a SIAS training session for 4 of the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) Chemists.

25 November: Professional Development Workshop for Technicians and Teachers, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

A PD Workshop day for a second group of 40 science lab technicians and science teachers from schools around ECU, but also outlying schools. The purpose was to expose teachers and lab technicians to new chemical demonstrations which could potentially be used in chemistry curriculum. This event was sponsored jointly by ECU and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

24 November: Professional Development Workshop for Technicians and Teachers, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

A PD Workshop day for 40 science lab technicians and science teachers from schools around ECU, but also outlying schools. The purpose was to expose teachers and lab technicians to new chemical demonstrations which could potentially be used in chemistry curriculum. This event was sponsored jointly by ECU and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

23 November: ‘Successful Engagement’ Seminar, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Tim Harrison gave a presentation on outreach as part of this sharing experience organised by ECU. There were 9 attendees from ECU, University of Western Australia, Macquarie University and Macquaire NISEP. “NISEP Program”

12 November: 'The Acid Test' Workshop, Wellow Village Hall, Romsey, Hants

This event was delivered by Natalie Fey to 28 participants from the Hampshire Federation of Women's Institutes in Wellow Village Hall. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Luc Foley, and the event was supported by a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

10 November: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

10 Postgraduate Chemists undertook an afternoon of STEM Ambassador training with Ellie Cripps from Graphic Science. This training is necessary to be part of the Bristol ChemLabS outreach programme.

08 November: Prince’s Trust Teacher Training: SIAS Workshop, Ivybridge Community College, Devon

Tim Harrison represented the Royal Society of Chemistry in delivering a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) teacher training session at this Saturday event organised by the Prince’s Teaching Institute. 10 newly qualified teachers, and two older colleagues, enjoyed the session. The Prince’s Teaching Institute is a charity based in London that runs subject-based CPD events for new teachers in several venues across the country.

October

28 October: UAS Practical Chemistry Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

All 6 UAS Final Year Educational project student Chemists, sponsored through the Royal Society of Chemistry Scholars Project, spent 2 hours trying out chemistry practicals in an afternoon session. The session was led by Tim Harrison.

28 October: Postgraduate Chemistry Outreach Training, Bristol ChemLabS

In two separate training sessions in support of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Alison Rivett trained a group of 9 postgraduates in the ins and outs of the primary school chemistry workshops and Tim Harrison trained 4 postgraduates in the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) project.

27 October: RSC Scholars Practical Chemistry Twilight Workshop, Bristol ChemLabS

11 PGCE Chemists, sponsored through the Royal Society of Chemistry Scholars Project, spent 2.5 hours trying out chemistry practicals in a twilight session in lecture theatres and Teaching Laboratories. The session was led by Tim Harrison as the RSC Scholars’ Southwest Region Mentor.

20 October: Lecture Demonstration, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset

During the evening Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale to 300 students and members of the wider community at this specialist science academy. This visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

18 October: Subject Day for Newly Qualified teachers of Chemistry, Pimlico, London

Rich Wingad, a Research Associate at Bristol ChemLabS, gave a session on the topic of Trends and Periodicity for 32 newly qualified Chemistry teachers at this Saturday event. The event was part of a day sponsored by the Prince’s Trust.

07 October: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Graphic Science to deliver STEM Ambassador training. The morning session was for a total of 31 Chemist including Year 2 PhD Chemists who are members of the CDT in Synthesis and members of the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS) from Chemistry and other departments.

01 October: "Coming up Smelling of Roses', Keynsham, Bristol

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 29 ladies from the Avon Federation of Women's Institutes in the Keynsham Methodist Church Hall. Natalie was accompanied by Chris Holland and Lexy Miles-Hobbs, who helped with delivery and photos. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

September

24 September: "Coming up Smelling of Roses", Pembury​, Tunbridge Wells, ​Kent

This workshop delivered by Natalie Fey to 27 ladies from the West Kent Federation of Women's Institutes. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs.

17 September: 'Coming up Smelling of Roses", ​Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 25 ladies from the West Kent Federation of Women's Institutes. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

16 September: Primary Outreach Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Alison Rivett led a training session for 4 postgraduate STEM Ambassadors looking at the experiments most commonly used in Bristol ChemLabS outreach visits to primary schools.

12 September: "Coming up Smelling of Roses", West Lavington, Wilts

This workshop was delivered by Natalie Fey to 47 ladies from the Wiltshire Federation of Women's Institutes in West Lavington Village Hall. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs and the event was supported by the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI).

05 September:  ‘Picture It... Chemistry Blog’ Workshop, Cumbria and Westmorland Federation, NFWI

 Natalie Fey delivered a workshop, on the topic ‘Coming Up Smelling of Roses’, to 41 members of Cumbria and Westmorland Federation of Women’s Institutes.  After a short introduction and safety briefing participants explored the solubility of vanillin, extracted scents from various plants and attempted to blend perfumes.

The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs.


This event was supported by 
the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI).

04 September: Picture It... Chemistry Blog’ Workshop, Lancashire Federation NFWI

 

Natalie Fey delivered a workshop, on the topic ‘Coming Up Smelling of Roses’, to 25 members of the Lancashire Federation of Women’s Institutes. After a short introduction and safety briefing participants explored the solubility of vanillin, extracted scents from various plants and attempted to blend perfumes

The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs.

This event was supported by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI).

August

27-29 August: Industrial Placement Training for GSK Undergraduate Placement Chemists, Bristol ChemLabS

40 undergraduate chemists who are about to start the industrial year of their degrees spent 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 spent 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.

Four members of GSK staff, 4 Bristol postgraduate demonstrators and the technical staff team were involved, all led by Jenny Slaughter.

This was the eighth year that this course has been run.

28 August:  ‘Picture It... Chemistry Blog’ Workshop, Gloucestershire Federation NFWI, Churchdown, Glos

 

Natalie Fey delivered a workshop, on the topic ‘Coming Up Smelling of Roses’, to 50 members of the Gloucestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes. After a short introduction and safety briefing participants explored the solubility of vanillin, extracted scents from various plants and attempted to blend perfumes. The workshop has been developed by Natalie Fey and Jenny Slaughter, together with Lexy Miles-Hobbs.

 

For a full report see http://www.bristol.ac.uk/chemistry/news/2014/20140908.htm

This event was supported by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI).

July

28- 30 July: Open University Practical Chemistry Course 2

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the Open University to deliver a second practical Chemistry course for their 37 Chemistry undergraduates on their distance learning courses. Jenny Slaughter, Chris Holland and several postgraduate Chemists assisted the students with their intense 3 day practical course.

22 July: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase and Liquid Nitrogen Teacher Training, University of the West of England, Bristol

Tim Harrison spent an afternoon with 8 pre-Chemistry PGCE student teachers demonstrating the Royal Society of Chemistry SIAS kit and delivering a session on liquid nitrogen and dry ice demonstrations. More information about SIAS can be found here.​ The event was sponsored by the RSC’s SIAs project and a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

21-23 July: Open University Practical Chemistry Course 1, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with the Open University to deliver undergraduate level practical courses for 40 of their science undergraduates. Jenny Slaughter, Chris Holland and several postgraduate Chemists assisted the students with their intense practical course.

17 July: Laboratory Day for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), Bristol ChemLabS

13 undergraduate students from this American university visited Bristol ChemLabS for a day of practical work relating to tin chemistry), talks and spectroscopy tours. The students on this program were mostly third- and fourth-years reading chemistry or related fields such as molecular and cellular biology, chemical and biomolecular engineering. The students were added in their laboratory work by Chris Holland and Angel Sanchez. Marisol Correa Ascencio gave a talk on archaeological chemistry associated with ‘Pulque’. Tim Harrison performed ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. Benoit Quignon demonstrated TEM and SEM while Rose Silvester demonstrated NMR in a full afternoon programme.

“Thank you very much for hosting our group at the School of Chemistry today. You have helped provide our students an excellent perspective on the shape of chemistry education in England and we are grateful for your efforts.” Group Supervisor

Bristol ChemLabS were working with Dr Nick Llewellyn from the University of Illinois to create this event.

07-09 July: Science Teacher Training, University of Malta, Malta

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross were heavily engaged in a teacher training course for 28 teachers at the University of Malta. The three day session was designed to increase confidence in chemistry teaching at Key Stage 3 for in-service teachers who are not chemistry trained.

The event was organised by Doreen mizzi, a regular visitor to Bristol ChemLabS and took place at the School of Chemistry at the University of Malta.
The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by Bristol’s Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group.

June

23-27 June: European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (ECPM), Universite de Strasbourg,  Residential Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

A group of 24 French first year undergraduate Chemical Engineers from the Universite de Strasbourg spent a week at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. The students were be at Bristol ChemLabS engaged in a series of practical workshops, tours lectures and lecture demonstrations in English for 4 days during that week. Midweek, the French and Chinese visitors enjoyed a cultural day out at the city of Bath.

Apart from synthesising and extracting a number of pharmaceutical components the students used spectroscopic techniques, toured several analytical laboratories, engaged in lectures on geological chemistry with Gordon Inglis and on diamond synthesis with Paul May. Tim Harrison provided the usual ‘edutainment’ through the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale.’ The students also visited ‘STAN’ in Medical Sciences where they were hosted by Hannah King.

A large number of Postgraduate Chemists assisted the students in their activities including Richard Buxton, Sarah Glover, Risa Nisi, Ash Mortimer and Laura Totterdell.

 

23 June: Climate Change a Workshop for PGCE Science and Geography students, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross give a presentations on climate change chemistry to all 40 trainee science and geography teachers as part of their PGCE course.

This event was sponsored by a NERC portfolio grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.​

May

29 May: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Graphic Science to train 3 postgraduates and post doctoral staff as STEM Ambassadors to work in schools or alongside school students.

21 May: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Workshop for Teachers, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist James Fothergill demonstrated the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit to 8 visiting chemistry teachers before demonstrating electron microscopy to the group.

March

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

All 4 members of this group gave very stimulating presentations on their science projects ahead of the submission of their module’s dissertation.

22 March 2014: Subject Day for Newly Qualified Teachers of Chemistry, Manchester

Wuge Briscoe spent this Saturday presenting his talk on thermochemistry for 10 newly qualified teachers in a training session organised by the Prince's Trust. This was the last of three events.

15 March 2014: Subject Day for Newly Qualified Teachers of Chemistry, London

Wuge Briscoe spent this Saturday in Pimlico College presenting his talk on thermochemistry to 20 newly qualified teachers in a training session organised by the Prince's Trust. This was the second of three events.

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

This session of the masters’ degree programme module, where school science teachers look at areas of contemporary science, was on contemporary topics in Electron Microscopy. Three teachers attended. Sean Davies presented the evening workshop.

February

25 February: Prof Rich Pancost Inaugural Lecture, University of Bristol

230 academics, students, friends, family and teachers heard Rich Pancost’s inaugural lecture on aspects of geochemistry and climate change. The lecture entitled: ‘From the land to the rivers to the sea: How biogeochemical cycles have regulated the global climate system throughout Earth history’ was given in the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol.

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

This session of the masters’ degree programme module, where school science teachers look at areas of contemporary science, was on contemporary topics in Chemistry and Material Science. Four teachers attended.
Paul May presented the lecture ‘Introduction to the Chemical Vapour Deposition of Diamond films' subtitled 'Grow your own Diamonds!’. Duncan Wass followed this with a second stimulating talk on ‘Catalysts and the Future of the Chemicals Industry’.

January

29 January: SIAS Teacher Training Event, Bristol ChemLabS

Postgraduate Chemist James Fothergill demonstrated and trained 4 teachers from Sidcot and Caste schools how to use the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit.

This event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). More information about SIAS, and how to get this kit into regional schools can be foundhere.

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

This session of the masters’ degree programme module, where school science teachers look at areas of contemporary science was on contemporary topics in Physics. 5 teachers attended these talks.

Dr Helen Heath, talked on aspects of her research on the Large Hadron Collider and Particle Physics in general in a talk entitled;  ‘Searching for the Higgs Boson’.
Dr Rhys Morris chose as his topic Cosmic Recycling’: ‘We look at how matter is recycled in the Universe from the Big Bang into galaxies, stars and planets and ultimately into our own bodies.’

Any member of CHeMneT, but no school students, may attend these talks free of charge, by contacting chem-net@bristol.ac.uk

28 January: STEM Ambassador Training, Bristol ChemLabS

Three chemists were given the STEM Ambassadors training by Liz and Ellie from Graphic Science. This national scheme allows chemists and other scientists and engineers to work with school children in a great number of activities run by Bristol ChemLabS and by other organisations.

28 January: Atmospheric Chemistry Inreach, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross started off the Third Year lecture series on ‘Human Impact on the Atmosphere’ with the undergraduate version of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 120 students.

27 January: Undergraduate Chemistry Inreach, Bristol ChemLabS

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed a demonstration lecture on kinetics as an introduction to a Chemical Reactivity lecture course for 150 second year undergraduate Chemists

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

This session of the masters’ degree programme module, where school science teachers look at areas of contemporary science) was on aspects of analytical chemistry and it's support of archaeology and exobiology. A talk on Archaeological Chemistry  was given by Marisol Correa Ascencio and A talk on Extremophiles research was presented by Preeti Kaur. A tour of the relevant research laboratories was also given. 4 teachers were in attendance.

Any member of CHeMneT, but no school students, may attend this series of talks free of charge, by contacting chem-net@bristol.ac.uk.

20 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemist James Fothergill visited the Post 16 students at his former school to deliver two sessions on spectroscopy as part of the RSC’s SIAS project. He gave two workshops to a total of 30 Year 13 students and trained science teaching staff how to use the instruments for biochemistry project work.

Postgraduates Rebecca Ingle and Thomas Farrugia assisted James in this event.

 More information about SIAS can be found here.

18 January: Subject Day for Newly Qualified Teachers of Chemistry, Birmingham

Wuge Briscoe spent this Saturday presenting his talk on thermochemistry to 12 newly qualified teachers in a training session organised by the Prince’s Trust. This was the first of three events

21 January: Brislington WI Meeting, Bristol

Alison Rivett was invited to talk to this Bristol WI Group about 'Chemistry & Me'. She spoke about her career in science accompanied by lots of chemical experiments resulting in smells, fizzes, bubbles, colour-changes and a few bangs! The 35 local ladies then enjoyed some yummy ice-cream, made instantly, 'Heston-style', with liquid Nitrogen. Afterwards they said:

"An amazingly interesting introduction to chemistry" "Really interesting night. Loved it!" "Never thought I could say I had sniffed whale sick at WI" "And liquid nitrogen ice-cream to finish off a fascinating evening"

You can see more pictures and comments on the group's Facebook page here:

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

This was a session of the masters’ degree programme module, which also was available to CHeMneT members, where school science teachers look at areas of contemporary science). Tim Harrison gave the first of the term’s series of presentation on Climate Change Chemistry. Four teachers attended.

Any member of CHeMneT, but no school students, may attend any of these talks free of charge, by contacting chem-net@bristol.ac.uk

Information about the Masters of Science and Education degree programme can be found here

 

 

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