BBC Sky At Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to come to UCLan

Maggie_Pocock_main_rdax_500x500UCLan will welcome BBC Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE for a free public event looking at her life experiences of being a woman in science and presenting the world’s longest running television series.

Maggie will share how, against the odds, she became a space scientist, a leading science communicator to UK schoolchildren and a “go to” science pundit for the media. She will talk about what’s it like to be put on the spot by Jeremy Paxman, why she had an apology from a national newspaper this year and consider if there is a question that has left her speechless.

The event has been organised by Athena Swan Officer Claire Meadows-Haworth who promotes UCLan’s commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She said: “We are delighted to welcome Maggie to the University to share her incredible and inspiring journey that has led to her presenting the iconic BBC Sky at Night programme.

“Maggie is a fantastic example of a woman who has carved a successful career in science and I hope students, staff and members of the public will come along to hear all about it.”

The Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE Public Lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 June with doors opening at 6pm. It will take place in Darwin Lecture Theatre with free parking on Foster Car Park. The event is free to all but visitors need to book online beforehand.

For more information email: or call 01772 894559.

UCLan Distinguished Visitor Programme Public Lecture Series:

Best practices for offering development assistance to people with disabilities in economically disadvantaged countries: Using transformative mixed method research with Deaf communities

Amy Wilson

The lecture will be followed-up by a one hour workshop Deaf/Hearing Researcher Collaboration Working in Economically Poor Countries:  Orientating your employer, stakeholders and yourself.

By Professor Amy Wilson, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. USA

18 June, Thursday, 2-5 pm 

Brook Building 008


Professor Wilson has been the Programme Director for the MA International Development course in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University. She is an expert on research in evaluation and programme management, designing many curricula on training teachers of the deaf, cultural diversity and disability studies, and she has worked internationally in collaboration with many organisations, researching how to empower deaf people and those with disabilities in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and South America. She has written and published many academic journal articles and book chapters, and a significant book in collaboration with Donna Mertens called “Program Evaluation Theory and Practice: A comprehensive guide” which was published in 2012.

RAEng 3D Future: Case Studies Needed with Free Training Available

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We’re creating short videos of real engineers that we can use to show young people the varied and interesting career paths in the field. As part of a Royal Academy of Engineering funded project, we’ll be running workshops about 3D-printing and engineering with young people aged 11-14 years.

During the workshop we’ll be showing these case study videos and they will also be uploaded onto Youtube to act as an online resource. We’re looking for contributions from all fields engineering, not just 3D printing.

We will provide free public and engagement and science communication training for all those who would like to be involved. The training and filming dates are:

Monday 13th July 1-5pm

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Friday 24th July 9-1pm

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Lunch will be provided and we can cover reasonable travel expenses.

For more information on the project and how to get involved please contact Liz Granger on 01772 89 4286 or


Feast-ival Launch Dinner at Heathcotes

Join us for a taste of the festival and a cookery demonstration at our launch dinner, delivered in partnership with Heathcotes Brasserie, Preston.

Experience an evening of culinary excellence from Heathcotes’ head chefs, with a live cookery demonstration, showcasing the technique of Sous Vide cookery and exploring the role of temperature in creating the perfect dish.

The event will take place on Wednesday 24 June, 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £35.00 (including booking fee.)

Your evening will include

1 Glass of House wine on arrival – Red, White or Rose

A three course set meal:

”On the table”
Radish and carrots in mushroom soil and breads

52° ”Mi Cuit”
Clarification cucumber and squid ink pearls

Sous Vide Goosnargh Duck, apple foam, cider fondants, cauliflower puree, broad beans, peas and bacon

Strawberries and cream ”revisited”

Vegetarian Menu:
Wild mushroom risotto with a parmesan foam and sherry vinegar jelly.

Directions on how to get to Heathcotes can be found here.

Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords


Joseph ‘Jofish’ Kaye, Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo! Labs will be giving a talk at UCLan as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme Public Lecture Series.

Every day we make decisions about which technologies to use: what phone to buy, how to share files with collaborators, how to check your bank balance. These choices are not just about the best technology for you to use as an individual, but also about the decisions made by your colleagues, family, friends and others around you.

In this talk, Jofish will discuss research with over 180 participants exploring how people share passwords, how they manage their bank accounts and finances, and how they store, share and safeguard their photos, documents and data. He will discuss the complex moral and emotional decisions people navigate as they make these decisions, and discuss implications for the design of financial tools, next-generation password access, and tools to help us manage our data.

Jofish Kaye is a Senior Research Scientist at Flickr and Yahoo Labs. His research explores the social, cultural, and technological effects of technology on people, and how people’s decisions and behaviors can change and improve those technologies. His previous work has ranged from studies of long distant relationships and computerized smell output to visualizations of Twitter and academic publications. He is co-Chair of the CHI 2016 conference, occasionally teaches at Stanford University, and has a Ph.D in Information Science from Cornell, a Masters degree in Media Arts & Sciences and a B.S. in Cognitive Science, both from MIT.

The event which is being hosted by the School of Physical Sciences and Computing, UCLan will be on Monday, 1st June, 7:00pm, at TVI Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Building, UCLan.

Please register on EventBrite if you plan to attend at

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Educate North Awards 2015: Lancashire Science Festival shortlisted!

We are delighted to announce that the Lancashire Science Festival has been shortlisted for the Educate North awards Innovation category.

The awards celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England. A large number of professionals and industry experts will be judging the awards which are being staged in association with The Daily Telegraph, Barclays and the University of Manchester Intellectual Property UMIP.

The conference will take place all day on June 3, followed by the awards at the Hilton in Deansgate, Manchester.

More information and a full list of those shortlisted can be found on the website.

Big thanks to all those who have sponsored and supported us over the years!

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Demolition Street: William Titley

Using video and digital imaging techniques, found objects and current archiving methodologies, the project contributes to the current discourse surrounding issues of displacement in the face of adversity and legislation of the processes of regeneration and renewal of place.

Private View Evening on 7th May 17:30 – 19:30

A collection of audio-visual artworks from the artists’ personal archives, and informed by a real life situation on Bright Street, Colne, Lancashire.

In 2005 the artist worked with residents to document the effects of a local government regeneration strategy to demolish their homes and make way for gardens for the remaining residents.

The work, which includes photography, video and found objects, explores notions of home and has developed around ideas of location, the self and spatial ownership. From domestic interviews about life on the street, to atmospheric shots of the vacated properties, the exhibition contributes to discourse surrounding issues of displacement in the face of adversity and legislation of regeneration and the renewal of place.

William’s work, engaging in a sense of place, is informed by a discursive interest in anthropology, histories, architecture and socially engaged art practice.

Exhibition opening times: From 5th May to 5th June 2015

Monday 9am to 5pm

Tuesday 9am to 8.30pm

Wednesday 9am to 5pm

Thursday10am to 5pm

Friday is 9am to 5pm

Special Events with the artist.

There is a series of Visual Matrix workshops for visitors to give feedback on, and contribute to the development of the exhibition. The artist will be in attendance and the event will be facilitated by Julian Manley, (from The University of Central Lancashire). The workshops are for adults or well-behaved and accompanied young people, unfortunately the workshops are not suitable for young children.

Each workshop is intimately linked to the exhibition and includes discussions around the interpretation of the work on display. Booking is essential as there are limited places.

Please contact Vicci McCann at to reserve your place.

Workshop details:

Fri 8th May 10.30-12.30

Thurs 21st May: 14.00-16.00

Fri 22nd May 10.30 – 12.30

Thurs 4th June 10.30 – 12.30

For enquiries about the workshop content please contact Julian Manley at