Science for the Public
Staff in the Department participate in a wide range of public activities from public lectures (see the 'News & Events' details above) to television interviews and school visits.
The examples below aim to give a flavour of the activities we have been involved in recently.
Science Centre Lectures
The Science Centre was first extablished in 1987 and was incorporated into UCL in 1997.
The Science Centre Lectures are free lectures on a range of scientific subjects for Sixth Form Students and their teachers and are held throughout the academic year.
Past lectures can be viewed via the Science Centre link in the menu on the left.
Your Universe has taken place three times, the latest in March 2010 was part of the National Science and Engineering Week. Events include exhibits, lectures and telescopes, over several days in the UCL Bloomsbury campus (cloisters, old refectory, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre and the front Quadrangle).
The Royal Society Annual Summer Exhibition
The Department was involved in running two exhibitions at 2010’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition:
Nanoscale science: a giant leap for mankind, was run jointly with the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory of The Royal Institution. They explained that nanotechnology offers scientists novel applications in the field of biomedical sciences, and they are focussing on harnessing this potential to advance healthcare diagnostics and therapeutics, including localised therapy for cancer treatment.
A molecule's eye view of water, involved Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, the Thomas Young Centre and the LCN. The exhibition focused on understanding water at the molecular scale, the right hand side picture shows a demonstrator using super cool water which freezes as it is poured. The exhibition also included ‘sinking ice-cubes’!
You may be interested in learning more about:
- 'Stars r Us' exhibition
- Bright Club Podcasts (Follow iTunes link to our podcast)
- Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy by Evening Study
- Europlanet - A European Infrastructure for Planetary Science
- Jodcast with Dr Hiranya Peiris - podcast about cosmology and the cosmic microwave background (CMB).
- The Quantum Workshop - a public engagement project at UCL, designed to introduce you to the strange world of quantum mechanics, featuring real experiments and high tech equipment.