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University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

10:00 am University Open Day @ University of Leeds
University Open Day @ University of Leeds
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
University Open Day @ University of Leeds | Leeds | United Kingdom
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.  
2:00 pm Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
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.
7:30 pm Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how ... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how ... @ 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.
6:30 pm A Fortunate Universe – Institute... @ Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre
A Fortunate Universe – Institute... @ 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


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.