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Events Calendar

2:00 pm Analysis & spectroscopy workshop @ University of Leeds campus
Analysis & spectroscopy workshop @ University of Leeds campus
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this workshop, Y12-13 students work in groups to identify a common painkiller using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. This is [...]
all-day Champion the Researchers @ University of Leeds campus
Champion the Researchers @ University of Leeds campus
Dec 16 all-day
Champion the Researchers – A Royal Academy of Engineering funded project One of a series of university events for Key Stage 3 pupils is taking [...]
11:00 am RSC Christmas Lecture for Schools @ University of Leeds campus
RSC Christmas Lecture for Schools @ University of Leeds campus
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Why Small is Beautiful – Dr Annela Seddon from the University of Bristol We live in a world where we are constantly looking for the [...]


LFoS – Public Programme


2014 saw lots of different events offered to the public. Below you can see the types of events available.

Details of the 2015 will be available from January 2015.

Public events list

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Science Fair

Saturday 15th March, 11am – 4pm
Leeds City Museum

Organized by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society this science fair brings together lots of interesting science-related organizations from across Leeds. Why not pop in to find out about all the wonderful things that go on on your doorstep!


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Expert Panel Debate on Fracking

Tuesday 18th March, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Refectory, The University of Leeds

The Energy Society is proud to host an expert panel debate on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas in the UK, open to all students, staff, academics and members of the public. 

General Topics to be covered in the debate include; technical aspects and safety issues, the impact of fracking on local environment, its impact on the global environment, and economics and energy security.

The panel chair:

  • Professor Andrew Heyes – Professor of Energy Technology and Environment, University of Leeds

The expert panel:

  • Professor John Barrett – Professor of Sustainability Research, University of Leeds
  • Dr. John Blaymires – Chief Operating Officer at IGas Energy PLC
  • Simon Bowens – Friends of the Earth’s regional campaigner for Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East
  • Dr. Liam Herringshaw – PDRA in the ReFINE group (Research Fracking IN Europe), University of Durham
  • Cllr. Andrew Cooper – Green Party Councillor for Kirklees and environmental spokesperson for the party

For a balanced debate, pre-selected questions will be chosen. However attendees may also have the opportunity to ask questions on the night. Please submit questions to energy@leeds.ac.uk including your full name, occupation and contact details.

Sign up here for your free ticket. Alternatively search for “Fracking” on www.eventbrite.co.uk 


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Ig Nobel Show

Thursday 20th March, 7pm – 8:30pm
(doors open 6:45pm)
Conference Auditorium, University of Leeds

The Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded every year since 1991 in a gala ceremony at Harvard University, honour achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. Marc Abrahams, founder of the ceremony, will reveal the stories behind the stories behind the stories of the new Ig Nobel winners. Plus: All-stars do dramatic readings from bizarre, genuine research studies.

To find out more about the Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research, click here 

Tickets now available! Please click here.

 Directions to the Conference Auditorium can be found here.


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The misfolding of proteins

Professor Sheena Radford

Thursday 20th March, 7.30pm
School of Music, University of Leeds

A talk organized by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. Free admission.


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Parliamentary Select Committee – ‘Big Data’

Friday 21st March, 12pm to 2.30pm
University of Leeds - Lecture Theatre LG06, Liberty Building

Are you interested in finding out how Parliament examines and influences science policy in the UK?

Parliament’s Outreach Service, in partnership with the University of Leeds, is holding an event that will demonstrate how select committees work and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions about the issues that concern them, as part of Science and Engineering Week 2014.

This event offers members of the public the opportunity to take on the role of select committee members and quiz eminent scientists on a key issue in science and technology: Big Data

Big Data is a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data. It can be both structured (such as financial transactions) and unstructured (such as text conversations).

Big data is one of the UK government’s eight great technological challenges – how can it be captured, stored, secured, analysed and applied in order to drive excellence in business and public services, as well as improve health and wellbeing?

Join Dr Stephen McGinness, Clerk of the House of Commons Science and Technology committee to question three experts on this issue:

  • Professor Martin Clarke, Deputy Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre
  • Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Health Informatics
  • Dr Kevin McNish, Teaching fellow and consultant in applied ethics particularly in the field of privacy, surveillance and security.

In order to book a place at this event, please e-mail C.L.Champ@adm.leeds.ac.uk


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Black Holes, White Holes and Worm Holes

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, FRAS, University of Oxford

Wednesday 26 March 2014, 7pm
Conference Auditorium at the University of Leeds

Are there really black holes in space? How do we know? What are white holes? Is travel through a worm hole to another universe possible? This introduction to these extreme objects will introduce black holes and answer
questions just like these!

This public lecture starts at 7pm,  there will be coffee, tea and biscuits served from 6:30pm. And the first fifty people who say the word “splat frog” to organizer Mike Ries on the evening will get a free “splat frog”!

The location of the conference auditorium can be found here

The talk is free so please just turn up! If you are going to bring a coach load of people then it would be helpful to let Mike know in advance. There will be free parking on the university campus.

If you have any questions about this event then please feel free to email Mike at m.e.ries@leeds.ac.uk

This talk is brought to you by the Yorkshire Branch of the Institute of Physics and is suitable for all ages.


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Back to the Future

A voyage through 100 years of discovery, bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured

Friday 28th March, 7pm to 9pm

Thackray Medical Museum, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds.   

An exploration of the fascinating history of cancer research and a glimpse into the research of the future, including a theatrical re-telling of the story of Henrietta Lacks. Born into a poor black tobacco farming family in Virginia in 1920, Henrietta made an immense but unwitting contribution to the worldwide fight against disease. More than 60 years after her death, her cancer cells live on in research laboratories around the world, including here in Leeds.

This a free event, but places are limited and must be pre-booked – paste the following link into your web browser – http://bit.ly/1ky7ndX.

For further information or any queries, please contact Andy Wilson andy.wilson@cancer.org.uk


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Engineering Experience

Saturday 29th March 10am – 4pm
Parkinson Building, The University of Leeds

A market style event, come and learn more about different types of engineering with fun and interactive activities! This event is free and suitable for all ages. Stalls include:

Energy Engineering – what energy solutions are out there and why are some better than others?

Medical Engineering – how do you design and manufacture a knee implant that lasts up to ten years?

Nanotechnology – how do we use DNA to engineer solutions for people and industry?

The Parkinson Café will also be open for drinks and snacks.


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Zombie Science

Saturday 29th March, 11am, 12.30pm & 2.00pm
Parkinson Building, The University of Leeds
Ages 13+

This new lecture from the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies lifts the lid on the Zombie skull and peers into the brain of the infamous movie monster. Presented by an expert Zombiologist you will learn about the science of Zombies using interactive demonstrations and a multi-media presentation.

Brain of the Dead is the third show in the Zombie Science series, which has attracted audiences of over 30,000 at more than 400 lectures across the UK and Ireland and is supported by a Society Award from the Wellcome Trust.

This event is free but places will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Find out more about Zombie Science here.


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Science Fiction in the University of Leeds Special Collections Discussion

Saturday 29th March 2014, 11am – 12noon

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds 

Join us to take a look at a unique collection of Science Fiction items from the University of Leeds Library.

To coincide with our new display, Dreams of a Low Carbon Future (10 February- 31 March 2014), this discussion will highlight works from the Science Fiction Collection, held in the Library’s Special Collections.

There will be opportunity to see early pulp magazines, illustrated volumes and rare editions of highly influential works of SF literature. Come along to learn more about these futures past and the history of the collections. A short presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.

Find out more about the University of Leeds’ Special Collections on their website pages: http://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections


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Dreams of a Low Carbon Future Exhibition

Monday 10th February - Monday 31st March 2014

Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds 

Penguins wearing reflective hats and cars that run on tomato ketchup are among the highlights of this project organised by the University of Leeds’ Trianing Centre in Low Carbon Technologies.

Dreams of a low carbon future is a book, recently published, which mixes young people’s original ideas and art with work by professionals. More than 370 schoolchildren from Yorkshire, 40 Engineering PhD researchers at the University and 20 artists contributed to the 96-page cartoon book. This display in the Gallery offers the chance to see this original work in the flesh.

More information about Dreams of a Low Carbon Future can be found here

The Stanley and Audrey Burton is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.


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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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Discover the Maths around you

Self-Led Trail
Royal Armouries, Leeds

A self-led Maths Trail around the Royal Armouries museum aimed at KS3 students. Information and resources are available here. No booking required.


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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. 
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.


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