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Families enjoy the magic of science at Royal Holloway

Posted on 03/03/2010

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Royal Holloway, University of London welcomed almost 2,000 visitors to its annual Science Open Day on Saturday 27 February to celebrate the College’s extensive research and outreach programmes.


Hosted by staff and students from all departments within the Faculty of Science, visitors of all ages enjoyed free talks, workshops and hands-on sessions based on the theme ‘Working for a Green Future’.


Eight different academic departments organised programmes of activities, allowing visitors the opportunity to explore the latest developments in science across the campus.


Dr Darren Baskill captivated the audience with his keynote speech on ‘Xtreme Astronomy’ where he explained where x-rays come from. The second keynote speech was from broadcaster, writer, and academic Dr John Emsley, who showed how science can help us feed a population of nine billion people. The final talk of the day was from popular speaker Dr Roger Key, former education officer for Natural England, on hunting for bugs in Antarctica.


With its Green theme this year, the College hosed a wide range of displays and activities from local and national organisations with the aim of working together to improve the local environment through encouraging higher levels of recycling and composting, and supporting schools and colleges wishing to launch communal gardens and wildlife areas.


Dean of Science, Professor Philip Beesley said, “I am delighted that the day was such a huge success and attracted some 2,000 visitors. The feedback from those that attended was extremely positive and we are delighted to have demonstrated the excitement, fun and relevance of science to so many visitors across all age ranges.”


Dr Emm Barnes, Science Outreach Officer, who co-ordinated the event said, "It was fantastic to see so many new faces at this year’s Science Open Day, despite the heavy rain. Some visitors travelled a long way. This year we launched our own mini “university challenge” for school teams from year 9, and the tense final resulted in Court Moor School from Fleet winning the £150 prize.”


For more information on the College's Science outreach programmes visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Science-Outreach/Index.html


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