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STEM@Leeds Team

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Events Calendar

5:30 pm Bolton Lecture in Astrophysics @ University of Leeds
Bolton Lecture in Astrophysics @ University of Leeds
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Interstellar snowflakes: The beginnings of complex life? The space between the stars, the interstellar medium, is full of clouds of dust and gas which are the formation sites of the next generation of stars. These cold star-forming clouds shine with light from molecules that we can observe with radio telescopes. These molecules are critical for the birth of new stars and the planetary systems that will eventually form in their surroundings. How do these molecules form and survive in the harsh environment of space? And what role do they play in star and planet formation and the beginnings of complex life on ‘life-friendly’ planets? We will explore chemistry in the extreme environment of space, and discuss the importance and influence of interstellar molecules in shaping and seeding forming planetary systems. Due to the popularity of this lecture, we ask that anyone interested in the event books their seat.
2:00 pm Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Nov 15 @ 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.
8:00 pm Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scal... @ University of Leeds
Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scal... @ University of Leeds
Nov 29 @ 8:00 pm – 12:44 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/.


Food Science


We have a wide range of outreach opportunities and initiatives for schools, provided by staff and student ambassadors from the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds.

Our programme includes summer schools, taster days and much more, all designed to raise the profile of food science and nutrition and the vast array of careers it can lead to. Whether you visit us on campus or we come to your school, we hope there’s something for everyone.