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Events Calendar

Nov
29
Wed
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.
Dec
1
Fri
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/.
Dec
4
Mon
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.
Dec
11
Mon
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

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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:

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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

Address
Parkinson Court
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT

Directions and campus map can be found here

Costs
The event is free, all day.

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

Parking
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

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

Contact

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