The discovery changes our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the textbooks. It will also tailor the way we hunt for alien life and provide insights into how we could engineer more efficient crops that take advantage of longer wavelengths of light.
The discovery, published in Science, was led by Imperial College London, supported by the BBSRC, and involved groups from the ANU in Canberra, the CNRS in Paris and Saclay and the CNR in Milan. Read full article.
€10m project to tackle Europe’s childhood obesity launches at Imperial
Researchers and policy makers from 16 countries gathered at Imperial to launch Europe’s largest research project to tackle obesity in children.
The STOP project (Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy), led by a team based at Imperial College Business School, will identify and test the best approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity, especially in younger children (up to age 12), over the next four years from June 2018 until May 2022. Read full article.
Regional Physics Day
30 June 2018; 9:15am - 4:15pm
A free event open to all science teachers, trainee teachers or technicians. This inaugural event is organised and funded by the Institute of Physic's Stimulating Physics Network and Physics Partners. The line up of workshops will address subject knowledge and include hands-on practicals on a wide range of physics topics from KS3, 4 and 5, plus a chance to network with colleagues from across the region.
Our Undergraduate Open Days are a great way to find out more about studying at Imperial and to explore our South Kensington Campus in the heart of London's museum district. Our next Undergraduate Open Days are:
STEM Career Talk: Cutting edge biomedical research - Years 10-12 9 July 2018; 11am-12pm
This is an opportunity for students to visit our South Kensington campus and attend a lecture-style talk about what a career in science can look like. Prof Sara Rankin, from the College’s National Heart and Lung Institute, will provide an insight into her career in biomedical science and share some of her cutting edge research into stem cells and tissue engineering. Perfect for inspiring students to consider science and/or higher education. Book online.
The fascinating world of molecules - Years 7-9 10 July 2018; 11am-12pm
In this fascinating demo lecture, Professor Ramon Vilar, will take you on a trip through the Periodic Table and illustrate how scientists study molecules that Nature has produced over millions of years as well as how new molecules are made.
The event is free to schools and teachers can book a maximum of 50 places (including accompanying adults). To book visit Eventbrite and complete our online booking form.
2eMPower STEM Workshop 12 July 2018; 9:30am-4pm
This bespoke STEM workshop is for high ability students with high-functioning autism/Asperger’s in Years 10-12.
The workshop will include activities in maths and astrophysics led by Imperial academics- Prof Kevin Buzzard and Dr Roberto Trotta. It is also an opportunity to meet Imperial students with high functioning autism. Parents are invited to come and network and share experiences.
Workshops have been developed by the 2eMPower team. Tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite.
Creative Quarter 2018 23 November 2018
Creative Quarter is a free event for 13 - 19 year olds. Run in partnership with other South Kensington partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, this fun and interactive day aims to give an insight into various creative industries and careers.
Save the date and be inspired by leading designers, scientists and artists!
Programmes for schools
Proto Maker Challenge This is a fully funded programme for students aged 11-14. The programme works with secondary schools local to White City and involves three full days of making in the Reach Out Makerspace and two after school mentoring sessions. To find out more information please visit the Imperial website.
The Maker Challenge - Summer Intensive Aimed at young people aged 14-18 who are local to White City, The Maker Challenge offers the opportunity to develop an idea and see it through to creation using cutting edge technologies. Apply for the Summer Maker Challenge here.
Photography Competition 2018
‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of this year’s Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite students to capture these details of biology. Supported by Eppendorf, there are two categories each with a cash prize: 18+ (£1000) and under 18s (£500). Entries close on 31st July 2018.