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Friday, 4 November 2016

Events and activities for Schools - November 2016

Dear teachers,

Here is the latest round up of free activities and events for school students and teachers with plenty of opportunities to work with researchers at the university. This information is sent to teachers via email newsletter, to receive future editions please email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk.

University of Bristol events and activities for schools

This newsletter features:
• Events for teachers
• Workshops and events for students
• Public events (that students may be interested in)

Events for teachers

Schools’ Engagement Fair
Thursday 1st December 2016, 5-7pm
Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

From spectroscopy demonstrations to student finance talks, the University of Bristol has a range of activities and events for schools that can be hosted on campus or at school. The Schools’ Engagement Fair will bring together engagement staff and academics from across the university to present information about their activities and how your school can get involved. There will be representatives from all university faculties, plus teams from widening participation and public engagement. This is a great opportunity to make connections with key contacts in outreach and engagement, and to make the most of the school activities on offer at the university. We will also be celebrating the last four years of schools engagement with plenty of food and drink! The event is open to any school staff member in primary and secondary schools or colleges. To register for your free ticket, go to: http://schoolsengagementfair.eventbrite.co.uk

Workshops and events for students

Schools Conference on Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Science, Bristol ChemLabS
Wednesday 9th November 2016, 2-4.30pm
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, BS8 1TS

This school conference on antibiotic science is suitable for Post 16 Chemistry and Biology students. The conference is hosted by Bristol ChemLabS and will feature presentations and demonstrations from postgraduate researchers and academics about antibiotics science. The conference aims to engage students about antibiotics science and will be of interest to students aspiring to careers in biological, medical and chemical sciences. For further information and to book free places please email chem-net@bristol.ac.uk

Media Representations of Crime 
NB: Date Change - Wednesday 18th January 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, 11 Priory Road, BS8 1TU
This is an interactive workshop for Year 12/13 students interested in social sciences and politics. Students will be given the opportunity to explore issues surrounding media representations of crime, from petty crime to tax avoidance. Students will work with academics from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies to develop analytical tools that will allow them to critically dissect media representations of crime, as well as social movements like Black Lives Matter. There are limited places available for this workshop (up to 10 per school). For more information or to book places, please email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 20th February – Friday 4th March 2017 (Mon-Fri only)
Location nr. University of Bristol
We have teamed up with Kilter Theatre to put on Invincible, a play about the future of synthetic biology. The play has been devised with “BrisSynBio”, a group of researchers working in synthetic biology, and will explore the ethics of this exciting new area of science and technology.  It aims to engage students with some of the challenging choices that we will face in the future, and about synthetic biology’s impact on our lives. This immersive theatre performance will take place in a house near the University of Bristol. Morning and afternoon slots are now available to book for 2017. Performances are aimed at KS4/5 students and there are restricted to 20 people per performance (including teachers/supervisors). For more information and to book places, email david.owen@bristol.ac.uk

Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 7-9pm
School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, BS8 1TS

This free conference for Year 10-13 students will feature several talks and demonstrations from academics and postgraduate researchers. The talks will cover various topics based on research at the university and will include Prof Tim Gallagher (Dean of Science) on the Pharmaceutical Industry and a demonstration about chemical kinetics by Tim Harrison. For further information and to book free places please email chem-net@bristol.ac.uk

Big Bang Fair, Bristol
7th-8th July 2017
Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, BS2 0NW

Save the date! A local version of the very popular Big Bang Fair is coming to Bristol in July 2017. There will be a range of companies and representatives from local universities running interactive stands about their work across all STEM subjects. Email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk to register your interest and look out for more information next term.

Iridescence in the natural world
Dates flexible and workshop hosted at school

Undergraduate students in the School of Life Sciences have developed a short, free workshop for Year 7/8 students around the physics of iridescence and its applications in the natural world. The workshop is based on current research at the university. The workshop will form part of an education research project about information retention and learning styles. There will also be the opportunity to talk to the undergraduate students about university life and studying biology at university. For more information, please email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk

Public Events

The following events are public but may be of interest to students.

Inaugural Lectures
Various dates: 9th November-2nd December
Various venues at the University of Bristol

As part of the University’s public lecture programme, a range of inaugural lectures by university academics are taking place this term. Topics include: financial reporting, molecule shapes and function, treating respiratory disease, billiards and chaos theory, population health and molecular biology. For more information go to: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pace/public-events/current/

Beagle 2 and Bedbugs
Wednesday 16th November 2016, 6.15pm            
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, BS8 1RJ

Since the Beagle 2 Mars Lander was located in January 2015 on the surface of the planet - over ten years after it was declared lost - the mission team have been interpreting images of the landing site. Professor Mark Sims and Dr Taff Morgan from the team will speak about the latest findings, the significance of the UK landing on Mars, and the legacy of the Beagle 2 mission, including how technical and scientific expertise gained on this mission and other spacecraft is leading to exciting practical applications here on Earth. For more information and to book go to: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pace/public-events/pillinger/

Feel It Festival
Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th November 2016
Circomedia, St Paul’s Church, Portland Square, BS2 8SJ

Feel It brings together research from the University of Bristol investigating pain, breathlessness, and the experience of being human. Researchers from the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute have collaborated with visual artists, dance and theatre-makers, poets, aerial performers and musicians. A huge range of activities are on offer including performances, interactive workshops and installations, debates with experts on the culture of pain in sports, meditation workshops, screenings, talks and exhibitions exploring themes from domestic violence to the history of asylums. For more information go to www.bristol.ac.uk/feel-it-festival 

Altering plants, microbes and people
Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 6-8pm
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX

The emerging discipline of synthetic biology may be applied to a range of sectors, from using microorganisms as factories for food and fuel, smart therapeutics, improved crops and even altered humans. Should we embrace the potential of these new technologies? Or is there more cause for concern? Join researchers from BrisSynBio, Bristol’s new Synthetic Biology Centre, to discuss these important issues.  To sign up for your free ticket go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/altering-plants-microbes-and-people-tickets-28389614100

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