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LUX dark matter detector

Detecting dark matter

The kind of matter and energy we can see and touch – whether it is in the form of atoms and molecules, or heat and light, only forms a tiny proportion of the content of the Universe, only about 5%. Over a quarter is dark matter, which is totally invisible but whose gravitational attraction can be detected; while over two thirds is dark energy, a force that pushes the Universe to expand ever faster.
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Communicate your research

Woman holding model of a molecule. Credit: D. Lewis (UCL Chemistry)

Why engage with the public?

Because it is good for you, and it is good for the public.

In line with UCL's Public Engagement Policy, MAPS faculty is committed to encouraging all members of the faculty, from undergraduates to professors, to participate in outreach and engagement activities.

Public engagement in all its forms is considered in cases for promotion alongside enabling, research, and teaching. The value of public engagement is increasingly recognised by funding bodies and in the structures of British science, including the REF – continued public funding of research is dependent on the public having a degree of ownership of the fruits of research.

In the same way as research and teaching are mutually reinforcing activities, so public engagement should be integral to the activities of UCL members.

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