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Malvern Science in the Park

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Alfresco Family Event

 Saturday 27th June 2020

 Virtually anywhere, Great Malvern and beyond!

 

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means that we're not going to be able to host crowds of people in the park this year, so instead we'll be going virtual. Details about how you can register and join us on-line will be provided nearer the time.

 

Join us for free from your own home or garden for our fourth annual fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Try out some experiments for yourself guided by our live science demonstrators, ask those burning science questions, and find out what it's like to be a scientist working in a lab.

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark 

 

Activites for all the family

Experiments, games, talks and demonstrations showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

We'll be explaining how to watch and/or take part here soon.

And we'll be regularly updating the timetable of participating organisations below...

 


ABurden


Your host for the day, Dr Adrian Burden.

Lead organiser of the annual Malvern Science in the Park and founder of the Malvern Festival of Innovation will be in Mission Control hoping that the tech works and introducing the fantastic partiicpants who have jumped to the challenge and adapted to science communication in the virtual world.

@apburden


10:30

MMacleod


Virtual kick-off:

Dr Malcolm Macleod, Chief Scientist, Research and Innovation, & Dean of Fellows at QinetiQ, and Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde will kindly be joining us on-line to officially open the Virtual Malvern Science in the Park.


10:45

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Gather your materials (for today's IoP experiments) and experiments in Floating and Sinking

The Institute of Physics will be performing a number of hands-on experiments during the day, so they'll use this opportunity to explain what you can collect from around then house to do them as well.  They'll also be starting the day with some investigations into the science of bouyancy.  Have you heard of Archimedes and his Principle?

@iophwc, @PhysicsNews

 

 


11:00

MODell

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Dr Mark O'Dell. A collector’s perspective: Fossil collecting in the Malverns and the Cotswolds

Local paleontologist Mark will talk about the tools he uses to find, extract and clean-up fossils. He's found interesting samples to the west of the Malvern Hills and a little further afield in the Cotswolds. If you have any questions about fossils, you'll be able to field your questions to him as well.


11:10

STEMWorks 


STEMWorks. Water Clocks

More details of this exciting engineering challange to follow soon.

@STEMworksUK


11:30

CHamlett

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Dr Chris Hamlett. The surprising structures of surfaces.

Chris is the Henry Royce National Outreach Officer for Materials Science, based in the School of Metallurgy & Materials at the University of Birmingham.

He will be joining us live from Birmingham and looking at the structure of some natural and manmade materials that have unusual properties as a result of their microscopic structure. Have you ever looked in detail at a butterfly's wing or a gecko's foot? This is your opportunity to see for yourself, with the help of Chris's friends at Zeiss who have used scanning electron microsopy to look even closer!

@hamlettcae


11:45


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12:00

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Dr Chris Hamlett. Surfactants and Elephant's Toothpaste.

We welcome Chris back for a second installment.

This time he'll be demonstrating surface tension, hydrophobic surfaces, and hydrophyllic surfaces with the help of a gigantic lotus leaf.  And then he'll explain the importance of chemical surfactants and concoct a mixture that could be useful for cleaning the teeth of elephants!

@hamlettcae


12:15

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Do try this at home: Bubble Extravaganza.

More details to follow.

@iophwc, @PhysicsNews


12:30

AHolding

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Dr Andrew Holding. The scourge of scurvy, and other nutritious stories.

Andrew is a Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of York where his research team investigates how the messages carried by the estrogen hormone are altered in tumours to drive the growth of breast cancer.

But on this occasion he will be explaining to us why sailors were encouraged to eat lemons or limes, what happens if you become deficient in vitamin C, and how food and nutrition is important to the basic biochemical reactions in our bodies.

@AndrewHolding


12:50


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14:00

MODell

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Dr Mark O'Dell. A collector’s perspective: Fossil collecting in the Malverns and the Cotswolds

Local paleontologist Mark will talk about the tools he uses to find, extract and clean-up fossils. He's found interesting samples to the west of the Malvern Hills and a little further afield in the Cotswolds. If you have any questions about fossils, you'll be able to field your questions to him as well.


14:10

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Dr Ilija Rašović. A chat about carbon.

Ilija has dual roles at the University of Birmingham between the Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (LANS) Hub and the Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) college, where he teaches modules with an interdisciplinary science focus and champions the importance of science communication. He also carries out research on the synthesis of new fullerene-based materials for use in biomedical applications.

Ilija will join host Adrian to have a discussion about the wonderful world of carbon. Have you ever wondered how sparkly diamond and 'pencil lead' graphite could possibly be made of the same atoms? Have you heard about buckyballs and graphene and wondered what they really are? All will be explained!

@IlijaRasovic


14:30

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Do try this at home: Science with a Washing line.

More details to follow.

@iophwc, @PhysicsNews


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15:30

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Hilary Edgeley. The Rock Cycle.

Hilary is a retired teacher/tutor with twenty years of experience. She has a degree in Geology and is a member of the Malvern U3A Geology and Science groups. For the past five years Hilary has been part of the Geology group steering committee.

During her presentation today, she will talk about the three general types of rocks; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, including the origins of each rock type, and how the rock cycle connects and impacts on each of them.


15:40


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16:00

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Sibghat Ullah, Artificial Intelligence now and in the future

Sibghat is a PhD student undertaking scientific research on a Europen project at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), in The Netherlands  He is modeling intrinsic uncertainty / noise in the area of Computational Intelligence. In this session, Sibghat will be giving a brief introduction to Artificial Intelligence, it’s history, trends and future outlook.


16:10

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Do not do this at home: Dangerous experiments!

More details to follow.

@iophwc, @PhysicsNews


16:20


Round-up

We'll take a look at the social media feeds and any photos you've submitted whilst doing experiments in your own home or garden.


16:30


Close

The programme is subject to change.

Photo call

All you Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram fans can take a piccy of your home experiments in action and share for fun with the hashtag #ScienceInPark.

 

Contributors

  • If you are an organisation that would like to demonstrate or virtually exhibit something, please register here.
  • If you are a science communicator who would like to virtually science busk, please register here.
  • If you are a STEM Ambassador who would like to help out during the day, please contact our local This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.

 

Thanks to Dr Alan Smith CPhys, FInstP from West Midland Branch of the IoP for his help with the organisation of this event.

 

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