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Space Explorers Day

November 21, 2019

10:00 am

- 2:15 pm

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Campus

Didcot

OX11 0QX

RAL has been involved in over 200 space missions and so is the perfect place to get pupils excited about space. Both of these events will consist of a demonstration-packed show, a carousel of hands-on activities and a special star show in our inflatable planetarium.

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Emergency First Aid at Work – 25th November

November 25, 2019

Harwell Innovation Centre Curie Avenue, Harwell Science And Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0QG

This course is suitable for individuals required by their employers to undertake responsibility for first aid arrangements in lower risk environments such as offices.

Reactive Plasmonics Meeting

November 26, 2019

10:00 am

- 5:00 pm

Meeting room 1&2, UK Catalysis Hub Research Complex,
Harwell Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0FA

Although photosynthesis underpins life on earth, photochemical technologies are yet to make an impact on our modern lives. Meanwhile photovoltaics is a mature and successful industry that shares a common theme with photochemistry – both rely on energetic electrons and holes; in the former to generate electrical power and in the latter to drive redox reactions. The EPSRC funded Reactive Plasmonics Project, led by King’s and Imperial, explores the science of hot carriers generated by light absorption within metals and semiconductors. Remarkably, metals sustain electrons and holes at temperature of many thousands of degrees Kelvin, while the host material remains near ambient conditions. This phenomenon activates a variety of thermodynamically unfavourable electronic and chemical processes with applications in photodetection, sensing and catalysis. Join the Reactive Plasmonic team at the UK Catalysis hub to discuss how this research can affect your industry.

Key Stage 3 Education Access Day

November 29, 2019

9:30 am

- 2:30 pm

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Campus

Didcot

OX11 0QX

Visits to STFC facilities are a fabulous opportunity to see world-leading research facilities that are used by teams from around the world, and to meet with the scientists and engineers using them. The day will include tours, hands-on activities and a fantastic talk. This is a chance to inspire your students with the real research taking place at RAL, and encourage them to continue to pursue STEM. Due to the size of the site it is impossible to go to all the research facilities during one day and the facilities available on a particular day will vary depending upon the experimental programmes taking place.

This event is for Key Stage 3 students in Years 8 and 9. The event takes place on Friday 29 November 2019. Arrival is from 09:30 and the event will finish at 14:30.

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Talking Science @ Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (6th Dec)

December 6, 2019

1:30 pm

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Oxford

Didcot

OX11 0QX

Talking Science at RAL is a series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures.

Friday 6 December – Energy & climate change (12+) by Sarah James

All talks take place at 13:30 and again at 19:00 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The talks last between 45 and 60 minutes with questions at the end.

School Science Prize Celebration

December 17, 2019

For the School Science Prize we ask Year 9 students to write a 500 word essay entitled “Why I love science”. All participating students receive a certificate, and the final 15 students are invited to RAL for an evening celebration in December. The 15 finalists are invited to have a tour before the celebration event – and gave a two minute presentation on why they love science.

Entries can be uploaded via the website. Competition is open to Year 9 students, and the deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 25 November

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