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Events

Events

Oct
7
Sat
University Open Day @ University of Leeds
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

open-days-2017

A variety of activities will be taking place on our open days, including drop in sessions, taster lectures, tours and talks. They are a chance to learn more about the courses available, meet staff and students, explore the campus and visit university facilities.

For further details, including how to book your place, please see here.

 

Oct
11
Wed
Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop, Y12 chemistry A level students work in groups to identify a common painkiller using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the IR and NMR spectra. Other techniques may be covered on request.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells and Fibonacci all in a row @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

2016 saw the RHS Chelsea Flower Show feature a Mathematics Garden and whilst I didn’t go and see it, the articles about it that I read caused me to explore a little. The talk and activities therein won’t improve your garden but it might add something to your mathematical diet.

Oct
16
Mon
A Fortunate Universe – Institute of Physics Talk @ Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm

Prof Geraint F Lewis and Dr Luke Barnes, University of Sydney

Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it – and life as we can imagine it – would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we understand the Universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos, to the conclusion that we truly live in a fortunate universe.
“Geraint and Luke take you on a tour of the Cosmos in all of its glory, and all of its mystery. You will see that humanity appears to be part of a remarkable set of circumstances involving a special time around a special planet, which orbits a special star, all within a specially constructed Universe. It is these set of conditions that have allowed humans to ponder our place in space and time. I have no idea why we are here, but I do know the Universe is beautiful. A Fortunate Universe captures the mysterious beauty of the Cosmos in a way that all can share.”

Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate in Physics

Nov
8
Wed
Bolton Lecture in Astrophysics @ University of Leeds
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Interstellar snowflakes: The beginnings of complex life?

The space between the stars, the interstellar medium, is full of clouds of dust and gas which are the formation sites of the next generation of stars. These cold star-forming clouds shine with light from molecules that we can observe with radio telescopes. These molecules are critical for the birth of new stars and the planetary systems that will eventually form in their surroundings.

How do these molecules form and survive in the harsh environment of space? And what role do they play in star and planet formation and the beginnings of complex life on ‘life-friendly’ planets? We will explore chemistry in the extreme environment of space, and discuss the importance and influence of interstellar molecules in shaping and seeding forming planetary systems.

Due to the popularity of this lecture, we ask that anyone interested in the event books their seat.

Nov
15
Wed
Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop, Y12 chemistry A level students work in groups to identify a common painkiller using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the IR and NMR spectra. Other techniques may be covered on request.

Dec
1
Fri
Physics@Work @ STEM Learning Centre, University of York
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Institute of Physics in partnership with the University of York and the University of Leeds have organised an exciting new event called “Physics at Work” on 1st December 2017. The event is based on the event run by the University of Cambridge (of the same name). The students can hear from employers about the value of studying Physics at GCSE/A-level and beyond and try out hands-on activities that give a taste of the many ways Physics contributes to the UK economy.

There will be a range of workshops run throughout the day, hosted by businesses in different sectors of industry who employ Physicists. The event is for students in years 9 or 10 and a maximum of 15 places are available per school.

For tickets, please visit http://wripa.ac.uk/physics-work-event/applications/.

Dec
11
Mon
RSC Lecture for Schools: Building Nature’s Robots @ Lecture Theatre A, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Building Nature’s Robots

Prof Mark Lorch

Proteins are the chemical micro-machines that control all living organisms. They are the gatekeepers, messengers, factories and defence systems within us all. We will take a look at the amazing and still
mysterious processes that proteins use to build themselves and what happens when proteins go rogue.

The lecture is suitable for students in Y9-11.

For more information and to book places, please email
l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

RSC Lecture for Schools: Building Nature’s Robots @ Lecture Theatre A, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Building Nature’s Robots

Prof Mark Lorch

Proteins are the chemical micro-machines that control all living organisms. They are the gatekeepers, messengers, factories and defence systems within us all. We will take a look at the amazing and still
mysterious processes that proteins use to build themselves and what happens when proteins go rogue.

The lecture is suitable for students in Y9-11.

For more information and to book places, please email
l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

Dec
12
Tue
Medicine – Not Just About Medics @ University of Leeds
Dec 12 @ 9:45 am – 3:15 pm

Suitable for high ability years 10 and 11

Up to 10 pupils per school

Many students are interested in medicine but not all will become doctors. We aim to show a few of the alternative pathways for talented STEM pupils in this day of hands-on workshops.

We have a limited number of places for students who would like to find out more about where their passion for STEM subjects could take them. Students will take part in practical activities in areas such as medical physics, biomedical sciences, nutrition and medicinal chemistry.

Please see our webpage for more information and details of how to book.

Dec
13
Wed
Physics Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Dec 13 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! You’ll attend a lecture, solve challenging problems during a workshop and complete an undergraduate-level lab session in the afternoon!

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 students studying both Maths and Physics to experience university life and see what it’s like to study in higher education. Students must have permission from their teachers to attend the event.

You must apply for a place on the Taster Day at www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/physics/tasterday.

Deadline to apply will be Friday 3 November 2017.

Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop, Y12 chemistry A level students work in groups to identify a common painkiller using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the IR and NMR spectra. Other techniques may be covered on request.

Jan
12
Fri
Institute of Physics Teacher CPD Day @ University of Leeds
Jan 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

A day for everyone teaching physics

Lectures, masterclasses, workshops and more. All teachers of physics, technicians and trainees welcome.

This popular day for everyone teaching physics is a mix of practical workshops, inspiring talks and congenial networking.

Sessions concentrate on ideas to use in your labs and classrooms.

For more information, please contact l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

 

 

Mar
3
Sat
Leeds Festival of Science 2018 @ Leeds
Mar 3 – Mar 23 all-day

The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 13th year – offers an exciting programme of events to help enthuse and inspire everyone, with activities for key stages 2-5, and public events open to all. Schools can join us for just one session or make a day of it, and our public events run throughout evenings and weekends. There is always a wide range of topics offered, covering many areas of science, maths, engineering, geology, geography, sports science and careers.

Be sure to check out the schools programme and the public programme to see what’s on offer.

Pop Maths Quiz @ University of Leeds
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pupils from years 7 and 8 compete in teams of six in this pub quiz style maths competition.  For more information visit www.maths.leeds.ac.uk/popmaths.

Mar
21
Wed
Physics Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! You’ll attend a lecture, solve challenging problems during a workshop and complete an undergraduate-level lab session in the afternoon!

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 students studying both Maths and Physics to experience university life and see what it’s like to study in higher education. Students must have permission from their teachers to attend the event.

You must apply for a place on the Taster Day.

Deadline to apply will be Friday 3 March 2018.

Are large databases good for your health? (W. P. Milne Lecture for sixth formers) @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The big increase in computing power over recent years has made it possible to routinely record large volumes of information about our daily lives (and especially our health). Statistics is the essential tool for making sense of the huge quantities of data available. There are many exciting challenges – often the data that are missing or poorly recorded are at least as informative as the data that are present. The real strength of such databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk we look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.

Jun
27
Wed
Food Science Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

The School of Food Science and Nutrition will be holding a 2 night residential summer school from 27th – 29th June 2018 for Year 12 students. 

The Food Science Summer School aims to give young scientists an idea of how exciting Food Science can really be, opening their eyes to this ever changing multidisciplinary science subject which affects everyone on a daily basis.

The event will give students the chance to:

  • Investigate product design with Marks & Spencer
  • Visit a leading food manufacturer
  • Use analytical techniques to understand the properties of food
  • Explore the campus and experience life at university, including staying in one of our halls of residence
  • Find out more about careers in food
  • Meet current students and graduates
  • Get information and guidance on applying to university

Further details of the programme will be sent to candidates upon receiving an offer of a place.

For more information and to apply please visit the food sciences website.

University Mathematics in Perspective @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

This three-day residential course provides an introduction to student life and mathematics at the University of Leeds. We offer you a sneak preview of university life plus an insight into how mathematics develops at degree level. Our University lecturers will extend and enrich your existing study of mathematics at A-level (or equivalent) through a series of talks.

Jul
10
Tue
Physics Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm

Experience life as an undergraduate physics student at the University of Leeds on this two-night residential summer school.