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Events Calendar

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.
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/.
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.
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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Faculty of Biosciences

Discover the human abdomen and how it works.

Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences

Explore the use of medicines in treating cancer and take your           first steps towards becoming a science writer.

Understand what innovation means and consider the history           and developments of innovations that are important in our               daily lives.

What role does chemistry play in healthcare and our ability to           diagnose and treat patients?

With chemistry providing us an endless amount of                             possibilities, what would you choose to develop?

What can we learn about Earth, and other planets in and                   beyond our solar system, by studying their atmospheres?

Faculty of Environment

How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the                      management of natural resources are just and fair for all?

Differences in values can create conflict. How can we learn to            manage our natural resources with integrity?

How does language help us develop our relationship with                   nature and determine the rights of access and ownership?

Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple                         interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable                             dynamism?

War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the               environment. What is the impact on both people and the                   environment?

General Science Courses

What science discoveries will you choose to write about?

Can chemistry help to feed a growing population, or                           overcome increasing bacterial resistance?