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Will Robots Rule the World? Join the debate in Preston

On Thursday 18th February, join University of Central Lancashire experts at the Adelphi Pub (Preston) to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ethical questions society will be facing. There will be live demonstrations of AI and robotics to show the technology’s current capabilities followed by an interactive debate exploring the issues.

Our experts include Dr Stephen Sigurnjak and Matt Dickinson who will be demonstrating AI in action and how it can interface with robots. Psyhcologist Dr Sarita Robinson will be exploring the differences between the human brain and AI.

This event has been organised by the Lancashire branch of the British Science Association and is part of the Future Debates series.

The event begins at 7.00pm and is completely free to attend but please register here first: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/future-debates-lancashire-tickets-19317555328

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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: hrdevelopmentteam@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 894559.

British Science Week at the UCLan and Ri YSC

British Science Week takes place next week from 13-22nd March and we have a fun filled week of activities in place at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC).

We have the official opening of the UCLan and Ri YSC which takes place on Wednesday.

The centre is a state-of-the-art lab used to deliver interactive workshops, allowing young people to creatively explore science. It is the first national branch of the YSC outside of London and it is a beacon for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Lancashire.

Staff and students battled it out last week at our Demo Day heats to secure a place to perform for us at our Demo Day 2015 which lands on Thursday, March 19.

From daring demonstrations to exceptional experiments we had a variety of demos and it was a very hard decision to choose the final five performances who will showcase their demo at the YSC. The final winner will be chosen by school children on Thursday. This will be our first event in the centre after its official opening.

We will also be performing some of your favourite #scistories so don’t forget to share with us your most memorable science experiments/demos from school. You can share yours by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories or share your experiences on our Facebook page.

Demo Day is an annual campaign aimed at inspiring school teachers and technicians to explore ideas and promote discussions through exciting science demonstrations.

Here are some of the best parts from our demo day heats…

Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

Lancashire Science Festival fun at Open Day – Nov 14

Lancashire Science Festival added a splash of yellow to Open Day’s showcase floor on Saturday 15th of November. The team wore their famous bright yellow t-shirts, put up the yellow gazebo, fairy lights and were ready for action! Lots of visitors wanted to know more about the festival, and how they could get involved.

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After collecting some local pond water the morning of the Open Day, the team put droplets of the water under microscopes for the public to examine what algae looks like close up. On the whole the public were shocked at how intricate and interesting the algae was under the microscope. We then asked people to create the algae in green plasticine and hang it in our fish tank. This was (as you can imagine) incredibly popular with the younger visitors, engaging them with science and letting them get hands on creativity.

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Amazon vouchers could be won, by telling us your favourite/worst part of science, or what you love/would like to see at Lancashire Science Festival on luggage tags and adding them to our science tree.

We had some great entries, such as:

‘‘Life is like a proton, stay positive’’

‘’I want more robots in science’’

Overall the team had a fantastic day, enthusing, engaging and exciting the public with science!

Jo and Jen Selfie

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.

Follow #thesunatnight for live images and information.

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.

Join the Engage UCLan team!

This is a really exciting opportunity to join our team and help develop this brand-new facility. You’ll be working with UCLan and the Royal Institution, to develop a Young Scientists Centre, at UCLan’s Preston campus. You can see more about the YSC at the Ri here http://www.rigb.org/contentControl?action=displayContent&id=00000002976  RI_SLH_RGB

We’re looking for someone with an enthusiasm for STEM, who has experience of teaching/outreach and is a confident communicator and at ease in the lab. Further job details are here https://recruitment.uclan.ac.uk/itrentlive_webrecruitment/jobs/REQ000796.pdf , and you’ll need to access http://www.uclan.ac.uk/work/index.php and click on ‘vacancies’ to apply.

For an informal chat about this role, contact me (Jo) the Public Engagement Manager-  on 01772 892706 or via email JHeatonATuclan.ac.uk

Exciting times!

Jo

ScienceGrrl Preston Chapter

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Some of you may know of ScienceGrrl- a grassroots organisation which aims to show that science is for EVERYONE! We do this in a myriad of ways; by being positive role models, by increasing opportunities for young people to engage with science, myth-busting and awareness raising.

There are a number of local chapters of Science Grrl, and hurrah, we have one in Preston! Local chapters link likeminded people with the aim of delivering local initiatives that address issues around gender equality in science, and generally getting more people to love, appreciate and enjoy science.

You don’t have to be female, or a scientist to come along to a local meeting. The next Preston meet-up is planned for Wed 18th September, from 5-7pm, in Forum Bar in the centre of Preston. We’ve no real fixed agenda, it’s just a chance to meet up, talk through some ideas and see what happens.

If you’d like to come along you can tweet Jo @microjology or just show up.