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Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

2:30 pm The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart). This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk). Non-members are welcome, free of charge. 2pm for a 2:30pm start.


LFoS – Public Programme


Leeds Festival of Science 2018 runs from 3rd – 28th March.

The 2018 Public Programme is once again packed full of exciting events that will enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.

Download a copy of the 2018 public programme by clicking the image below.

Public Events




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British Science Weekend

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Lotherton, LS25 3EB

To celebrate British Science Week, Lotherton brings to you a weekend of fun filled science
activities! Learn more about our penguins in the Coastal Zone on Saturday with crafts in the
Nestbox Education Centre and talks by our penguin keepers.
Explore the history of electricity at Lotherton on Sunday and have a go at making your own circuits, or be an electric detective for the afternoon at the House.

Families (primarily 6-11 year olds).

There is no need to book. Activities are free but admission charges apply on entry to Lotherton.

For more information about Lotherton Hall please visit  www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/lothertonhall


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With Matt Winning

Thursday 22nd March, 7:30pm – 9.00pm

Suitable for 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

A show about climate change from comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning describing how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life. ‘Lightweight stuff’ (Guardian). Matt gives a presentation on how a world which is sick of experts may not be about much longer. For fans of An Inconvenient Truth.

‘Winning’s sharp wit and intelligence allows him to educate as he entertains’ ★★★★ 1/2 (The Sunday Post)

‘Filibuster is a very powerful and eccentric piece of comedy from Winning, who is sure to become one of the largest names in UK comedy very soon.’ ★★★★ (ShortCom)

Tickets cost £6. Buy your tickets here: https://store.leeds.ac.uk/product-catalogue/access-and-community-engagement/leeds-festival-of-science/leeds-festival-of-science-filibuster

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Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’s Science Fair

Saturday 17th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Leeds City Museum

From the wonders of astronomy and interactive space toys to the mind-boggling mathematical tautochrone, this year’s science fair organized by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society will be packed with interesting and interactive displays for all age groups to enjoy.

This year’s Science Fair is pleased to welcome exhibits from the Leeds Astronomical Society, Rodley Nature Reserve, Leeds Museums including Natural Science and Geology, MathsWorldUK, Royal Statistical Society, Leeds Beckett University, Astbury Biostructure Laboratory and Department of Psychology from Leeds University, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cyclops Pedal Power and Scientists for Global Responsibility.

Families/ Public

Free event. There is no need to book.

For more information about the museum, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum or call 0113 3787122.

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Café Scientifique: Science slam – Look!

Tuesday 20th March, 8:00pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Scientists have developed interesting ways of presenting their data with some infographics conveying complex information in an arresting visual format – come and join us for this fast-paced tour of visual treats.

This will be quickfire science from six different speakers. Each speaker has chosen a single image that will illustrate their talk. Their challenge is to explain what their graph / photo / diagram shows and why it is scientifically important – and to do that inside 5 minutes.

The subjects covered will be:
CO2 levels
An astronomical mystery
An astronomical triumph
Muscle therapies
How the Earth has changed over time

You will have the chance to ask the speakers questions, and discuss which images were most effective in visualizing the data, displaying the research findings or telling the story.

Public event

There is no need to book. Donation only.


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Be Curious 2018: We are International.

Saturday 17th March, 10:00am – 4:00pm
University of Leeds

Ever wondered what happens in a University? Ever been curious as to what studies and research are done in Leeds and what relevance this has on a global scale? Now is your chance to find out and feel immersed in the vast array of exciting things that go on at the University of Leeds. This year’s event will be a showcase of all things international: the impact of our research on challenges that affect us all, the reach of our research on a global scale and the diversity of nationalities of people who are working together here at Leeds. Opera North and Leeds International Piano Competition will also be here so you’ll even have the opportunity to play on a Steinway Grand!

All age groups are welcome at this event with many activities aimed at a family audience. There is no need to book, just come along to the FREE event. Visit our website to find out more www.leeds.ac.uk/becurious


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50 Years of Plate Tectonics
Dr Sue Bowler
Wednesday 14th March, 7:00pm
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds


1967 and 1968 saw the publication of the first papers that explained the movement of rigid plates over the surface of the Earth. The plate tectonics revolution owed much to advances in data collection over the preceding decade and this data-led approach has transformed geophysics. Using the career and on-line archive of Dan McKenzie, the author of one of those first papers, I will examine how the ideas came together in the mid-1960s and how the concepts have evolved in the past half-century, shedding light on fundamental processes within the Earth, but also providing insights into the mitigation of natural hazards and the oil and gas industry.

This event is organized by the Yorkshire and North East branch of the Institute of Physics.

Public event

Free event. There is no need to book.

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Are large databases good for your health?

Dr Paul Baxter
Wednesday 21st March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
University of Leeds

W P Milne Lecture

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.

This event is held in collaboration with the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.

A level maths standard.

Free event. Contact festivalofscience@leeds.ac.uk for venue details and to book.

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Rodley Nature Reserve

Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 10am-5pm 

Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.  Why not go along for a visit during the festival?  Wildfowl are present in good numbers in March and Whooper Swans call in most years. Winter visitors such as Redwings and Fieldfares should still be around and the first summer visitors start to arrive – what will you see?

Visit www.rodleynaturereserve.org to find out more.

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The Chevin Forest Park Geology Trail

Self-Led Trail
Chevin Forest Park, Otley 

This trail will guide you round Chevin Forest Park, providing you with lots of information about different geological periods.

Trail (leaflet and audio (MP3) versions) are available here. Leaflets are also available free of charge from many outlets, including the Old Courthouse in Otley.

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Roundhay Park – a walk back in time Geology Trail

Self-Led Trail
Roundhay Park, Leeds

This trail guides you round the geological features of Roundhay Park. More information can be found here including details of a guided tours which run during the year.

The trail leaflet is available, price £1, at the Visitor Centre, The Lakeside Café and at the City Stationers, Oakwood.

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Leeds City Centre Maths Trail

Self-Led Trail

Leeds City Centre

A self-led Maths Trail around the Leeds Market and Corn Exchange. Explore numbers, shapes and statistics as you visit some of the landmarks of Leeds.
Trail available here.

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Leeds City Walks – Geology of Buildings in Leeds

Self-Led Trail

Leeds City Centre

This geological walk around the buildings of Leeds city centre offers a chance to look at the history of the Earth through the materials used to build the city over the last 800 years.

Trail available here.