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The Sun at Night; get closer to our closest star

Tonight Engage UCLan present the Sun…at Night!

We are taking David Henckel’s installation piece to the BBC Stargazing LIVE show at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Sun at Night was created by Henckel during his residency with the solar astrophysics research group at UCLan. The installation showcases a year in the life of the Sun, with a movie created from footage from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This is set to a evocative and sinister soundtrack, capturing the dynamics of our closest star and creating a truly unique and immersive experience. The scale of the structure, the high definition footage and the intricate detail of the solar footage creates an awe-inspiring piece.

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If you would like to bring The Sun at Night to your event, please contact Jenny, Public Engagement Assistant, on 01772 892596 or JBennion[@]uclan.ac.uk.

We are currently planning a tour of this unique piece and would be pleased to hear from venues and events interesting in hosting The Sun at Night.

The Sun at Night is the output of an 18 month residency during which Henckel worked with solar astrophysicists and engineers at UCLan. The final piece is a collaboration with artist and UCLan lecturer Dan Wilkinson.


Events! So many events!

October is the month of events. And many had a women in science theme, as Tue 15th Oct was Ada Lovelace Day.

At the weekend we held two events as part of Preston’s first feminist festival- the Ladyfest. UCLan hosted a discussion and Q&A on females in business, which was led by entrepreneur and former Dragons Den star Rachel Elnaugh. The event was really inspiring, although Rachel’s faith in energy, vibration and auras did test the scientist in me a little!

On Sunday UCLan campus was inundated with girls aged 7+ and women from many, many careers, for a networking session. The aim of the event was to show girls that they can do anything that they like- they met forensic scientists, paramedics, computer scientists, roller girls, accountants…and their aspirations were truly diverse, from politicians to footballers.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the ScienceGrrl ‘because science is for everyone’ lecture, at the Uni of Manchester. This was delivered by Brian Cox, who is a keen supporter of public engagement and increasing participation in science. I was invited through the Ogden Trust, who were sponsoring the event and therefore making it free for schools to attend. It was wonderful to hear so many young people ‘wowing’ at science.

And on Monday I spent the day in a primary school in Westgate, Morecambe. I ran a Science Question Time session- the children were encouraged to ask me anything they liked about science, working in science, or- as it turned out- about life in general. As a light touch evaluation I asked the group to draw a scientist at the start of the session- only 3/75 drew a female scientist, and everyone stuck with the mad hair, white lab coat stereotype. By the end of the session they drew a much more diverse range of scientists! Excellent.

And last night we held our Physicist of the Year event. I’ll blog about that separately



Ogden Trust Lancashire Young Physicist of the Year

Tonight we’re celebrating the achievements of Year 12 students from across Lancashire who have been nominated as the top Physicist in their school.

They’ll be treated to a nice buffet (including cakes), be entertained by some science busking, chat to some of our physics researchers, enjoy a lecture from Dr Robert Walsh on Solar Astrophysics and go home with a certificate and a book token and something great to add to their CV.

Looking forward to it and hoping the weather doesn’t disrupt things too much