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University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

4:30 pm ERC=Science² Public Lecture – Bi... @ Lecture Theatre 6.142, Level 6 Worsley Building, University of Leeds
ERC=Science² Public Lecture – Bi... @ Lecture Theatre 6.142, Level 6 Worsley Building, University of Leeds
Apr 26 @ 4:30 pm
ERC=Science² Public Lecture – Bioenergy: Do we have to exploit nature or can we learn from it? @ Lecture Theatre 6.142, Level 6 Worsley Building, University of Leeds
As part of the ERC=Science² project, a series of public lectures will showcase cutting edge research at the University of Leeds funded by the highly presitigous European Research Council. From atmospheric chemists to musical historians, ERC grant-holders have secured millions of euros of competitive EU funding to undertake frontier research and make groundbreaking discoveries here at the University of Leeds. Come and hear how this research is progressing and the impact it could have on you and the world around you. Lecture 3: Bioenergy: Do we have to exploit nature or can we learn from it? Biology is very good at chemical reactions that are useful in energy conversion, including those that create electricity from hydrogen, create (solar) fuels after harvesting light or those that convert carbon dioxide. However, technological and economical challenges have so far prevented biotechnology to make a real impact in these areas. Dr. Lars Jeuken from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds will present current strategies where biological catalyst are used in energy conversions. Besides a general overview of research in the area, some of the results from Leeds will be presented on a project funded by the European Research Council. Benefits, drawbacks and limitations of biotechnology in the field of bioenergy will be discussed.   To register a school group, please visit http://www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/bioenergy_lecture To register as an individual please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ercscience2-public-talk-bioenergy-do-we-have-to-exploit-nature-or-can-we-learn-from-it-tickets-31678123119
6:30 pm Black Holes at the LHC – Public ... @ Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds
Black Holes at the LHC – Public ... @ Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm
Prof. Elizabeth Winstanley, University of Sheffield Could we create a mini black hole at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN? Some models in string theory suggest that this might be possible. In this talk we will introduce the LHC, and explain why mini black holes might be created there. We will describe how these mini black holes could be created, and what would happen to them once they have been produced. In particular, we discuss why these black holes will not swallow up the entire Earth. Along the way we will meet a surprising discovery by Stephen Hawking, and find out what an experiment in the Argentinian Pampas tells us about mini black holes.
10:00 am Get Into Gaming @ FutureLabs
Get Into Gaming @ FutureLabs
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
If you’re interested in getting into the games industry yourself then be sure to come along to this event whatever your age and whether you’re in primary school or in a completely different career! Hear from experienced industry experts about some of the jobs that are available in the industry and what they involve on a day to day basis. Find out how our speakers got into their roles and get advice on everything from course-selection to the teaching yourself online to how the recruitment process works. Sign up here!
all-day Salters’ Festival of Chemistry @ University of Leeds
Salters’ Festival of Chemistry @ University of Leeds
May 16 all-day
The Salters’ Festival of Chemistry is a 1 day event run in collaboration with the Salters’ Institute and the School of Chemistry. Schools are invited to nominate a team of four Y7 pupils to take part in a range of practical Chemistry experiments. During the day, the team will take part in various activities and compete for prizes. The day aims to broaden pupils’ interest in chemistry through exciting practical work and fascinating applications. Maximum participants: One team of four pupils per school See Salters’ web pages for more details.


LFoS – Public Programme


Leeds Festival of Science 2017 ran from 4th – 31st March 2017.

The 2017 Public Programme was once again be packed full of exciting events that will enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.

Download a copy of the 2017 public programme by clicking the image below.

Public Events




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Multi-sensory Morning

Friday 10th March, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Leeds City Museum

Multi-Sensory Morning for the Under 5s and their carers. As part of Disabled Access Day, we invite you to have a play in our pop up sensory room, and try our multi-sensory crafts. Try our Multi-Sensory Trail too, which you can pick up at the museum’s main entrance.

The pop-up sensory room is a quieter space to visit during your visit to the museum. It has dark tents to sit in and crawl through, a bubble tube, light box, chalkboards, tactile toys and mirrors. It is on the lower ground of the museum and you can visit the taxidermy animals in the Life on Earth gallery on this level also, and make an animal mask or picture to take home.

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

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Ensonglopedia of Science

Saturday 11th March, 7:30pm
Carriageworks Theatre

A song about science for every letter of the alphabet. Expect atoms, Big Bangs and cells. Expect X-rays, Y-chromosomes and plenty of zoology. Expect the unexpected. And expect it to rhyme.

This is the brand new show by John Hinton, multi-award-winning writer and performer of the Scientrilogy of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie.

Peer reviewed by scientists from institutions including University of Sussex, King’s College London, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Natural History Museum, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and many more.

“John Hinton is an absolute joy…this guy could get anyone interested in science” – Adelaide Theatre Guide. Ages 7+


To book tickets, visit the Carriageworks City Centre Box office, phone 0113 376 0318 or visit www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk

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Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society’s Science Fair

Saturday 18th March, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Leeds City Museum

From the wonders of astronomy, to the chemistry of chocolate and DIY sherbet, and from the mind-boggling mathematical tautochrone to pedal power, 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.

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Café Scientifique: Science slam – Funny but true

Tuesday 21st March, 8:00pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds


The Science Slam on 21st March will be a mixture of science and comedy. The evening will include a Truth & Lies panel game, and then four stand-up comedy routines, all with a science theme.

Expect eminent scientists to be funnier than you might have thought.
Expect mirth from the maths dept, laughter from the laboratory, funny physicists and chuckles from the chemists.

“That’s Funny” is what Alexander Fleming said when he returned to his laboratory after a holiday, to find that one of his bacterial cultures had been stored carelessly.  A strange growth had appeared on it.  Instead of throwing it away, he investigated the “funny” growth, and a few years later he picked up the Nobel prize for the discovery of penicillin.

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Be Curious – about Leeds and Yorkshire

Saturday 25th 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 they have to you living in the Leeds and Yorkshire area?
Now is your chance to discover the vast array of exciting things that go on at the University of Leeds. 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.

For more information, click here.

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Get hands-on with keyhole surgery in Leeds

Join our tour of the surgical training unit!

Monday 27th March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
LIMIT/LISTA surgical training unit, Chancellor building, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF

Would you like to have a go at keyhole surgery?

Would you like to hear from a brain surgeon and find out what brain surgery is really like and how growing ‘mini-brains’ in a lab is helping our research?

If so, join us in the surgical training unit at St James’s hospital and have a go with the keyhole surgery training equipment which the surgeons use to practice their skills – don’t worry, you’ll be operating inside a plastic person, not a real one.

You’ll also get to hear from Dr Ryan Matthew, a brain cancer surgeon who is also now doing research which involves growing ‘mini-brains’ from patient tumour samples.

This event is now fully booked.

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How to Solve Equations

Wednesday 29th March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
University of Leeds

W P Milne Lecture with Vicky Neale

What strategies do mathematicians use to solve equations? We’ll focus on some classic examples from number theory, and see that sometimes the key to success is to use unexpected areas of maths – and that sometimes solving even simple equations can be very challenging…

A level maths standard.

Contact festivalofscience@leeds.ac.uk for venue details.

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Rodley Nature Reserve

Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, 10am-4pm 

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.