STEM Lecture Series

This programme aims to give students a better understanding of some of the topics they would learn about in a STEM degree at Leeds and inspire them to go onto further study in these subjects. It will provide students with up-to-date information about the university and our courses.

This series of sessions will take place weekly online, every Wednesday from 26th Jan – 16th February 2022, 4.30 – 5.30pm. The series is aimed at post-16 students interested in areas relating to Biology and/or Chemistry, covering topics such as virology and atmospheric chemistry to name just a couple.

There will also be the chance to hear from current students.

What sessions are taking place?


Week 1: 26th January
Ecology & Conservation with Briony Vickers and Ellie Pippen

In this session, Briony and Ellie will tell us about their journeys through their Ecology & Conservation Biology and Zoology degrees, before moving onto their current Masters programmes. We’ll learn about how important insects are for the environment, how climate change might affect insect communities worldwide, and how we can use this information to help the natural world. We’ll also learn how freshwater shrimp are affected by climate change, and how we can conduct these experiments in our labs here at Leeds.


Week 2: 2nd February
How do mutations affect the way a virus works?
with Dr Brian Jackson
We’ve all heard in the news about different variants of COVID-19, but how do these variants arise, and what is the molecular effect of mutations in the genetic code that cause the variants to act differently? This talk will explain how we define what a virus is, how a virus genome is used to produce viral proteins, and how mutations in that genome can have significant effects on how a virus functions. We’ll end the talk with a chance for you to write your own genetic code.


Week 3: 9th February
Biodegradable polymers
with Anna Morrell
In this session, we will learn what biodegradable polymers are and explore their properties. We will also look at how we can make them and where they might be useful in our everyday lives.


Week 4: 16th February
Our Atmosphere – chemistry matters
with Prof Dwayne Heard
In this session we’ll look at our changing atmosphere and how chemistry is intimately involved in all the important issues that face society today, for example global warming, the ozone hole, and urban air pollution.


Applications are now closed.
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