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Events Calendar

6:00 pm Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scale @ University of Leeds
Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scale @ University of Leeds
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Professor Jeremy Baumberg University of Cambridge Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scale or: How Nanoscience can Enable the Intelligent Toilet Matter can interact with light to give us superfast internet connections, or allow us to see the protein workings of our cells. But we don’t really understand the limit to this because it is only now that it is becoming possible to reliably build and assemble structures on the nanoscale that sculpt light more exquisitely. In this talk, I will show how such nano-photonics is capable of squeezing light smaller than single molecular bonds so we can watch them directly. This opens up the use of chemistry to make springy machinery that enables colour-changing wallpapers, or its use for biosensing of molecules to tell you about your body’s health on a day-by-day basis.
9:00 am Physics@Work @ STEM Learning Centre, University of York
Physics@Work @ STEM Learning Centre, University of York
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Physics@Work @ STEM Learning Centre, University of York
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/.
10:00 am Physics Sixth Form Conference @ University of Leeds
Physics Sixth Form Conference @ University of Leeds
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us at the Physics Sixth Form Conference here at the University of Leeds and hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy. The purpose of this event is for A-level students to hear about the new and exciting areas of research happening at the University of Leeds, and the opportunities available to both pre-university and undergraduate students to not just learn physics, but DO physics. We’ll showcase the active research environment here at the University of Leeds that enables us to offer exciting courses taught by experts who are leaders in their fields.
11:00 am RSC Lecture for Schools: Buildin... @ Lecture Theatre A, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
RSC Lecture for Schools: Buildin... @ 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


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.