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University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

5:00 pm Prof. Helen Gleeson’s Inaugural ... @ University of Leeds
Prof. Helen Gleeson’s Inaugural ... @ University of Leeds
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Professor Helen Gleeson OBE was appointed Head of Physics and Astronomy at the beginning of 2015, becoming the first female to hold the position as Cavendish Professor of Physics. Professor Gleeson will give her Inaugural Lecture, titled ‘Looking through the Liquid Crystal Ball’, on 7th October, followed by a drinks reception in University House. The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Professor Alan Langlands, will be introducing Professor Helen Gleeson. Details on the talk can be found below: ‘We are all familiar with the concept of materials as solids, liquids or gases. Another state of matter, the liquid crystal phase, discovered well over 100 years ago, is responsible for revolutionising our lives in recent years Liquid crystal devices (LCDs) have allowed the development of mobile technology and have fundamentally changed society. It’s now hard to imagine life without LCDs. In this talk I will describe some of the unique features of liquid crystals, explaining how the combination of order, fluidity and functionality is used in technology and by nature. I will then try to look into the future, through a liquid crystal ball! I will describe some of the new liquid crystal phases with nanostructures that offer completely new electro-optical phenomena. I will also speculate on some of the emerging non-display applications of liquid crystals. I hope to show you that understanding the physics of liquid crystals is both intellectually stimulating and could offer new practical solutions for the future.’   This is a free public lecture; please sign up here if this is of interest as there will be limited spaces.  
6:00 pm Light Night 2015 @ Various locations across the city
Light Night 2015 @ Various locations across the city
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Light Night 2015 @ Various locations across the city | Leeds | England | United Kingdom
Light Night 2015 is coming! Light Night is an annual multi-arts and light festival which takes over Leeds City Centre on one Friday night in October. This year they are celebrating our 11th annual festival. For one night only the city centre will come alive with over 50 spectacular light projections, exhibitions, installations, film, dance, music, theatre and street performances.  Many of the city’s arts organisations and public buildings will be opening their doors late into the night as artists transform spaces into exciting temporary showcases of their work. The 2015 programme will be released in early September on the Leeds Light Night page. The University will be offering several events, including turning the city cathedral into an indoor sun show, whilst looking at galaxies in beautiful detail and how they work.
9:00 am University Open Day @ University of Leeds
University Open Day @ University of Leeds
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A variety of activities will be taking place on our open days, including drop in sessions, taster lectures, tours and talks. For further details, including how to book your place, please see here  



What did you come to STEM@Leeds to find?

Leeds Festival of Science

of Science

13th March to 27th March 2015

Leeds Festival of Science was 10 years old!

Come celebrate our birthday and British Science Week with us

The annual Leeds Festival of Science 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.

We hope you can join us in 2016.

Click below to go to our schools pages, where you can download the 2015 schools programme, or our public page, for further details on all the exciting events that were run in celebration.