ISSUE: 2018 – February
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Open Air Laboratories empowers a million new citizen scientists

More than one million people across the UK have taken part in a unique scheme that allows them to contribute to research on their local green spaces.
For the last 10 years, the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project, led by Imperial College London and backed through the Big Lottery Fund, has brought communities and scientists together to gather environmental evidence and inform wider scientific enquiry. Read the full article.
Dr Melanie Windridge climbing Everest to inspire young people into science

Imperial College physicist Dr Melanie Windridge will be leading a science outreach programme around a summit attempt of Everest, aiming to engage students with the varied opportunities of studying and working in science.
As Melanie prepares to scale the 8,848 metre summit, she will examine how to train the human body to undergo feats of extreme endurance and how new communications technology keeps us connected on the mountain. Melanie will be sharing her story and the fascinating science of Everest. Stay up to date with her journey, and access educational resources as they are launched. For more information visit Dr Windridge’s Summiting the Science of Everest website.
Ozone at lower lactitiudes is not recovering

The ozone layer is recovering at the poles, but unexpected decreases in part of the atmosphere may be preventing recovery at lower latitudes.
Global ozone has been declining since the 1970s owing to certain man-made chemicals. Since these were banned, parts of the layer have been recovering, particularly at the poles. Read the full article.

Upcoming events

Summer Schools 2018 - closing soon

Applications are now open for the following summer schools: 
  • Year 9 Engineering Summer School 
  • Year 10 Insights into Science & Engineering Summer School 
  • Year 11 Project STEM Summer School 
  • Year 12 Engineering Summer School 
  • Year 12 Work Experience Programme
Attending a summer school is a great way to discover what it is like to study at Imperial  For more information including dates, eligibility criteria and application links visit our website.

Science Communication Theatre Workshops

Teachers are invited to book a free interactive workshop in their school aimed at years 10 to 13 students.  This unique interactive workshop combines science and theatre to allow students to explore cutting edge research undertaken by Imperial College London and Nexus Theatre Company. Students will explore issues around climate change and the environment. 
Dates available: Thursday 1st March; Tuesday 24th April; and Thursday 26th April; Time: 4pm-6pm. Visit Eventbrite and enter password: Nexus to book a workshop.
Schools Earth Observation Competition

Imperial College London, together with Thames Tideway, is conducting research using satellite InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) data. Sixth form students are invited to enter an exciting competition to create a digital poster about the potential uses of InSAR.
The winning schools will become part of an active research team at Imperial and have their own corner reflector installed on site. The competition is open to secondary schools in Greater London and closes on Friday 16th March.  For more details please email Jennifer Scoular.
Newlands Lecture: 'Functional Coatings'  
Date: 25 April, 16:30

In this free lecture, Professor Ivan Parkin looks at the formation of self cleaning surfaces, focusing on superhydrophobic surfaces to shows how they can be made and used in a wide range of applications. The lecture involves a number of demonstrations including a superhydrophobic race track.
This talk is aimed at Year 10 to 13 students, their teachers and parents. To register please visit our events page.
Airbus Open Day – 25 April

The Department of Aeronautics and Airbus are hosting a free event, Airbus Open Day, for Year 9 and 10 girls studying STEM subjects, to inspire the next generation of female Aerospace Engineers. Students will hear about current advances in Aerospace Technology and inspirational careers from Airbus engineers. Students will also explore activities in aircraft stability, aerodynamics and rockets, to spark interest and stimulate students’ creativity in both mathematics and physics. To book please email Dr Siti Ros Shamsuddin.
Friends of Imperial College Events

Maths versus microbes: fighting smarter against epidemics - 1 March 2018; 19:00
After the 2014 Ebola outbreak and in the centenary year of the influenza pandemic of 1918, understanding how infectious diseases spread and developing strategies to contain them is crucial on a crowded planet. To book this lecture


Understanding gravity at all scales - 20 March 2018; 19:00
What do we know about the force of gravity? Does its behaviour change throughout the universe? Answers to these questions and more are being sought by Dr de Rham, a theoretical physicist at Imperial. To book this lecture


Programmes for schools

Engineering  Change in-School Workshops

Engineering Change is a society dedicated to making a sustainable difference. Members of its Outreach initiative are offering three free in-school workshops for pupils aged 10-12 years old. The workshops cover the topics of ‘Water and Sanitation’, ‘Energy and Power’ and ‘Climate Change and Pollution Prevention’. The topics can be done individually or as a set. Spaces are limited and priority will be given to state schools. For more information, please email Gwyneth Matthews.

STEM in Schools Conference 2018- 6 March

Teachers are invited to attend a conference about STEM education in shcools. This event is free for teachers and some of the topics on discussion are: Hear about the latest government initiatives; consider how schools can improve their science and maths teaching through informative case studies and best-practice workshops; explore how schools and industry can form partnerships to engage students.
For more information about the event and to register visit STEM in Schools Conference 2018.


Royal Society of Biology – Biology Challenge

The next Biology Challenge will take place between 6 – 26 March 2018. Teachers can register their 13-15 year old students to participate in the competition. The Biology Challenge stimulates students’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages interest in biology outside of school. The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests.  Questions will be set on the school curriculum. Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and will have the chance to attend an awards ceremony in London. For more information visit the Royal Society of Biology.
School Visits Programme

Jane Marshall, Imperial's Outreach School Visits Programme Manager, is offering entertaining and informative talks to sixth formers in state schools across London and the South East. 
Topics covered are the benefits of a degree; choosing your course at university; writing an excellent Personal Statement and how to perform well at interview. Jane also offers mock interviews for Year 13 students. Schools can  book for summer and autumn 2018 and beyond. Please email 
Jane Marshall.
Department of Physics Outreach Events 2018

Women in Physics - 21 March
This exciting event is aimed at Years 10, 11, and 12 students who are already studying, or are considering studying A Level physics.  Not only will attendees be exposed to the frontiers of Physics research, they will also leave with a ‘yes you can’ attitude when it comes Physics research.
Places are limited and in order to reach as many schools as possible, a maximum of 10 visitors per school will be permitted. To register for the event or for further information please email

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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