ISSUE: 2018 – July
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How protein fragments could help to tackle the cause of hay fever

For hay fever sufferers, the end may be in sight for another year of sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes caused by grass pollen. But while many people are able to treat their symptoms with over the counter medications, for some sufferers, a different approach is needed to tackle the root cause.

Researchers at Imperial College London are investigating new hay fever therapies based on protein fragments from grass, which they have found can help to reduce symptoms after just three weeks of treatment. Read full article.
Immune cells can switch from ‘gang members’ to ‘police officers’

When the immune system overreacts, as in an allergic reaction, cells causing trouble can change into cells that dampen the reaction.

Learning to control the mechanism behind the switch could be used to make more effective immunotherapies, say the authors of the new study, led by Imperial College London. 

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Upcoming events

British Science Festival, Hull & Humber
11-14 September 2018

The British Science Festival, Europe’s longest standing science Festival, will be held in Hull & the Humber this September.

Featuring a diverse programme of over a hundred talks, debates, performances and activities, it will be held between 11-14 September with events happening across Hull University campus and the city.

Visit the festival website to see the full programme and book your tickets.

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 is on Saturday 15 September 2018. 

You can now register your interest for our September Open Day.
Annual Stimulating Physics East Midlands Network Day Conference
29 September 2018; 9:30am - 3:20pm

The conference features a keynote lecture ‘Bees and Physics’ by Dr Martin Bencsik of Nottingham Trent University. You also have the opportunity to choose from a busy programme of workshops. These will be run by IOP Physics Network Coordinators, SPN Teaching and Learning Coaches and other experienced presenters.

All teachers of physics are welcome. More information available on the TalkPhysics website.

Programmes for schools

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 our event page to find out more and book sessions at Imperial.

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.

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

Visiting Imperial

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