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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
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0113 343 7495

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.


Be Curious public event 2016

‘Be Curious’

A free, interactive public event

Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? ‘Be Curious’ is an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Held at the University of Leeds, members of the public can come and see, play with and learn about our work!

For ‘Be Curious 2017’, click on the image below:

This event is run during the annual Leeds Festival of Science public events programme

Past programme - 2016

A copy of the 2016 programme can be downloaded here:


2016 colouring competition results

Thanks to everyone who had a go at colouring in our ‘Be Curious’-themed sheets! The winners are displayed below – congratulations Shakila, aged 8, and Daisy, aged 6!

Stalls in 2016

At the University, Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of stalls allowing everyone to ‘have a go’ at activities such as knitting a 3D sculpture, finding out more about joint replacements, looking at the effects of energy generation on the human body and having your face 3D scanned. There will also be an inflatable planetarium where you can lay down and see films about how your body works, throughout the day.

A finger-knitted sculpture in action!

As part of Knitville – the hands on knitting of 3D sculptures – tours to visit the Mitzi Cunliffe sculpture on campus will leave at 12:00pm and 3:30pm.

Family events in 2016

The family room, for younger children, will invite them to look at how an MRI scanner works, and taking samples of the inside of their cheek and looking at them down a microscope as well as having a go at re-designing neighbourhoods so that walking and cycling become easier ways of transport.

Be Curious - mini lab 2


Talks in 2016

Throughout the day there will be sessions aimed at the grown-up audience too, which include some short talks presented by researchers at the University on topics such as combating back pain, dealing with blood pressure issues and personalised medicine.

Guided Tours in 2016

There will be 5 guided around the University leaving every half hour from the Parkinson Building. These will cover:

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Health and Wellbeing through time

Visit the scientific and medical museum displays and food tasting of medieval recipes.

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Virtual Health and Wellbeing

Visiting demonstrations of the use of robots in care homes and understanding how maths can be used to understand the immune system

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Engineering in Health and Wellbeing

Activities will include looking at surgical technologies, use of robots in rehab and meet Frank the cycling skeleton.

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Mind, Brains and Bodies

Hands on interactive activities for all ages looking at how we work as humans, from our brains, teeth, to the control of our bodies.

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Senses in Health and Wellbeing

A smelly pop-up café to see if you can identify smells and what they remind you of and also see come and feel the effect music has on your health and wellbeing

Theatre show - 'People Are Messy'

This event has now passed

25th March 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Clothworkers Music Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
Suitable for age 14+

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, is a comedy drama examining the complexities of patient and public involvement through the eyes of two teenagers with very different ways of confronting a future made uncertain by a serious medical condition.

Democracy, autonomy, personal responsibility and loss are all explored in this engaging, entertaining and accessible production. The play is followed by a facilitated debate, allowing the audience to further explore these issues.

It aims to engage people aged 14+ in an informed debate about the practical, ethical and social issues around decision-making and health research. It is equally engaging for adults and young people alike.

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, has been devised and produced by Theatre of Debate with support from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.

For more information, see the Theatre of Debate website.

Event details

‘Be Curious’, Saturday 19th March, 10am – 4pm
Please note the ‘People Are Messy’ theatre show is 18:30-20:30

Parkinson Court
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

Directions and campus map can be found here

The event is free, all day.

Age groups
Everyone is welcome, and there is something for everyone too.

Free parking is available for the day on campus in our new multi-storey car park. You will be given a code at the event, to enter into the parking meters before leaving.

Publicity to take away

Download the 2016 flyer here:
University of Leeds Be Curious 2016 flyer


If you have any questions, you can contact the Be Curious organisers through peteam@leeds.ac.uk, or 0113 3431149