ISSUE: 2018 – June
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New type of photosynthesis discovered

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.

Upcoming events

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.

Find out more and book on TalkPhysics.
Undergraduate Open Days

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:
  • Wednesday 27 June 2018
  • Thursday 28 June 2018
  • Saturday 15 September 2018
You can now register your interest for our June Open Days.
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.
Visit Discover South Kensington to find out more about the event. 

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.
Please read the competition's terms and conditions before entering and submitting your photographs.

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2018 Competition

The Nancy Rothwell Award 2018 specimen drawing competition for 7 – 18 year olds is now open for submissions. Prizes include an experience day at the Royal Veterinary College for students, and their school can also win £100.

There are three age categories (7-11, 12-14 and 15-18) and prizes will be awarded to three runners up and the winner.Visit the Royal Society of Biology website for more information.

The Award will close for entries on 10th September 2018.

School Visits Programme

Jane Marshall, Imperial's Outreach School Visits Programme Manager, offers entertaining and informative talks to sixth formers in state schools across London and the South East. 

Topics covered include the benefits of a degree, choosing your course and university and an insight into uni life, writing an excellent Personal Statement and preparing for university interviews.

Jane also offers mock interviews for Year 13 students. Schools can book for  autumn 2018 and beyond. Please email 
Jane Marshall.

Departmental outreach

National Heart and Lung Institute

Find more about the National Heart and Lung Institute's activities on their public engagement page.
Physics Department
Find out more about the Physics department's activities on their Outreach page.
Bioengineering Department
Find more about the department and their activities on their Facebook page.
Computing Department

Find more about the Computing department's activities on their Outreach page.

General resources

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