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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Events Calendar

9:00 am University Open Day @ University of Leeds
University Open Day @ University of Leeds
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A variety of activities will be taking place on our open days, including drop in sessions, taster lectures, tours and talks. For further details, including [...]
9:00 am University Open Day @ University of Leeds
University Open Day @ University of Leeds
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A variety of activities will be taking place on our open days, including drop in sessions, taster lectures, tours and talks. For further details, including [...]
9:30 am Maths Teacher Conference @ University of Leeds
Maths Teacher Conference @ University of Leeds
Jun 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
This annual teachers’ conference provides an interface between the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds and teachers in schools and colleges. Teachers and [...]


LFoS – Public Programme


Join in with our 10th anniversary celebrations!

The 2015 Public Programme is packed full of exciting events that will enthuse and inspire everyone, whatever their age and experience.

Don’t forget to follow our updates on Twitter via @STEMatLeeds or #LeedsFestivalofScience

Public events list

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Science Fair

Saturday 14th 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, and this year we will even have a planetarium! Why not pop in to find out about all the wonderful things that go on on your doorstep!


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Science Slam: Battle of the Bodies, Brains and Theatre

Wednesday 18th March, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square

Judge your favourite acts in this fierce competition where science and theatre take centre stage.

Join students from the University of Leeds as they bring their passion for science to the stage in a nail biting Science Slam! The format is simple: teams of young scientists and performers take the audience by storm armed with nothing but their science, creativity and six minutes on the clock. Presented with the theme of the Human Body, our Slammers must inspire using spoken word, dance, theatre and wit. We need you, the audience, to be the judge, (or our official Slambassadors!) in this fierce battle that brings science and theatre together, and to decide who should be crowned the ultimate Slam Champion!

Suitable for ages 12+
Tickets are £6 standard, £5 concessions, £4 restricted view, and can be purchased from the Carriageworks Box Office or online here



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Superposition Packhorse Event 007: Virtual Worlds: from the macrocosm to the microcosm

Wednesday 18th March, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Packhorse pub (upstairs room), Woodhouse Lane

The Superposition is an affiliation of artists, scientists and makers who share an interest in interdisciplinary research, technology, art and the use of materials and process.

The Superposition is made up of people with a diverse range of skills: chemical physicists, medical physicists, geneticists, bio-mechanists, neuroscientists, hypnotists, artists, sculptors, makers, curators, writers, producers, hackers and technologists..

Events are held throughout the year.  This year’s programme starts with an evening event of talks:

Dr Sue Bowler, editor of the Royal Astronomical Society magazine and member of the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, will talk about Earth-like planets, how they evolved and what they are like.

Liam Jefferies, designer, curator, researcher and educator, will address whether the innovative use of Augmented Reality within a gallery setting enables a questioning of the fundamental role of audience and space and helps instigate a move towards ‘open systems’.

Becs Andrews, an artist and stage designer, will talk about ‘Transmission’, an interactive installation and contemporary dance piece that explores how infectious networks (disease, memes) change at a molecular level and how this can have global consequences.

Suitable for adults only

Admission is free.

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BBC Stargazing Live

Wednesday 18th March, 7:00-pm – 10:00pm
The New Inn, Eccup, LS16 8AU

The Leeds Astronomical Society is hosting the BBC’s 2015 Stargazing Live event. You’re invited to join them out on the field to observe with their telescopes – whatever the weather!

There will be projected presentations, children’s craft activities, displays and free refreshments in the Family Room of the Inn. Staff from the University’s School of Astronomy will also be present to answer questions. Adults and accompanied children are welcome to drop in at any time during the event.

Admission is free.



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Science Ceilidh + Comedy Show & Spoken Word

Thursday 19th March, 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Stylus, Leeds University Union

Grab your glow sticks and help the Leeds Festival of Science celebrate it’s 10th birthday in style with an evening of science themed events – a Science Ceilidh, comedy show, science spoken word and other science surprises!

A ceilidh is a fun form of folk dancing suitable for all ages – no experience needed! The Science Ceilidh is an award-winning project bringing people together with science and music. It uses the dances to illustrate how parts of body and brain function. Lewis Hou will be bringing his band down from Edinburgh to take us through the steps.

In between the dances we will have special guests Sam Gregson, science comedian and founder of CERN’s first comedy show, and Sam Illingworthwho will be bringing together the arts and science with his spoken word.

Suitable for ages 14+

Tickets are £7 (including all booking fees) and can be purchased from LeedsTickets.com


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Engineering Experience

Saturday 21st March, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

The Engineering Experience is a free public event designed to demonstrate the importance of Engineering disciplines. Come along to our ‘market-place’ of interactive, hands-on activities suitable for adults and children of all ages and expect to see demonstrations from the various Engineering disciplines including Medical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and more.

Special guests MathsWorld UK will also be hosting a stand where you can explore some of the fascinating applications of mathematics.

Parkinson Court Cafe will also be open if you fancy a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.

No booking required- just drop in.

Admission is free.


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Mental Health, Objects and Therapies on the Home Front

Saturday 21st March, 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

What is the relationship between our minds and the physical world around them?  This question has puzzled us for many centuries, and the answers to it have had a significant effect on our approach to mental health. Many physical objects have been developed to study, represent, and treat our immaterial minds.

In this event, Dr Mike Finn, Director of the University’s Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine will encourage you to look back 100 years, around the time of the First World War.  Together, you will explore a number of items from the University of Leeds’ art and science collections and their relationship with ideas about mental health in the early 20th Century.

This will be an informative session, filled with close study and new perspectives on intriguing objects and artworks.

Suitable for ages 12+

This is a free workshop but places are limited so please book online in advance.

Contact the Gallery directly for more information.
Find out more about the Museum of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine


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All Aboard the Cloud Lab: Crossing America in an Airship

Monday 23rd March, 11:00am – 12noon
Chemistry Lecture Theatre A, University of Leeds

The recent BBC series “Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies” brought together a team of scientists who travelled across the US in the world’s largest airship. Along the way they discovered that bacteria are great at making clouds, pollution affects hurricane strength and they even weighed a cloud!

In this lecture, Cloud Lab Scientist Jim McQuaid will explain the science behind the stories from the TV series, and show some of the amazing things that never even made it onto the screen.

Suitable for ages 11+

For group bookings please e-mail us

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Café Scientifique: Science Slam
5 speakers, 5 topics, 5 minutes each

Tuesday 24th March, 8:00pm
Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

5 guest speakers will each give a short (but perfectly formed) presentation on their own scientific theory. You will be able to ask questions and debate with all of them.  In one evening, 5 topics, covering different areas of science, will be distilled and delivered in small but powerful measures.

Speakers and topics:

Hugh Hubbard – Why the Large Hadron Collider IS responsible for the global financial crash.

Katie Barr – Quantum computers: what they are already doing for us

Steve Bannister – Supernovae: the biggest bangs since the Big Bang.

John Waterhouse – Cosmology: consensus or conspiracy?

Chris Bem – The Three Sciences: re-framing science for a better world

Find out more about Café Sci here

Admission is free.


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Discover how Robotics and Engineering advances will improve future cancer research

Wednesday 25th March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
School of Mechanical Engineering, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds

Join us on a behind the scenes tour to discover how University of Leeds engineers are finding ingenious new ways to make cancer surgery safer and more effective; from sensing systems to detect cancerous tissue, to robotic systems designed to help better assess patients for colonic cancer. You will also find out more about the Cancer Research UK Leeds Centre and it’s life-saving work. There will be presentations about the world-class cancer research taking place in Leeds and about the fascinating technology being designed for use during surgery, followed by a tour of the engineering workshops to see some of these prototypes first hand, and discover how they are made.

Suitable for adults only.

To book please e-mail the Local Engagement and Development Manager Andy Wilson



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The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets (WP Milne Lecture)

Wednesday 25th March, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds

Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but few know that its gang of mathematically-gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, pi to game theory and infinitesimals to infinity. Simon Singh, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem, Big Bang and The Code Book, discusses his latest book and explores the mathematical ideas that have been smuggled into The Simpsons. D’oh!

Admission is by ticket only, to book places at the W P Milne Lecture please e-mail Alan from the Yorkshire Branch of the Maths Association



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Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Thursday 26th March, 7:00pm – 8:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, The University of Leeds

A spoof tutorial on the real science behind a disease outbreak.

Join one of our Theoretical Zombiologists as they put you at the heart of a hypothetical Zombieism outbreak and teach you what to do when the inevitable Zombie pandemic occurs. Certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, the tutorial features a multi-media presentation, practical demonstrations and audience participation.

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and University of Glasgow.

Suitable for ages 16+.  Younger children can attend at parents’ discretion.

Tickets are £3 and can be purchased here.


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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. 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.