Summer Events

Summer 2016  – Euros in France, Olympics in Brazil, ice cream, BBQs and sunscreen.

Here at Earth  and Solar System HQ summer 2016 also means some big events for us to look forward to.


Bluedot Festival


The Lovell Telescope lit up at Live from Jodrell Bank in 2013 – we’re hoping for more of the same at the Bluedot Festival! Photo: Mark Nottingham

One of our biggest events of the year is now just over a month away, and we’re very excited!

The Bluedot Festival ,  described as “an intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space“, is taking place at Jodrell Bank over the weekend of 22nd to 24th July.

If you ever went to any of the Live from Jodrell Bank festivals, I think it’s probably fair to say that was the baby brother of the Bluedot Festival. This promises to be far bigger and better.

We will be in the Star Field for the whole weekend – come and join us for fun with meteorites, moon and mars under the iconic Lovell Telescope. And while you’re there, you’ll also be able to catch the likes of Underworld, Jean-Michel Jarre, Caribou, to name just a few! The full line up looks fantastic, it includes comedy, culture, science, food and drink, alongside all the music.

Weekend and individual day tickets are available Bluedot Festival tickets.

Daresbury Lab Open Day

Ever wondered what happens at an international science laboratory?

Come along to the open day at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire on Saturday 9th July to find out!


One of the encapsulated disks containing Apollo samples, that is part of the STFC loan scheme. Photo: Torsten Henkel

We’ll be there showcasing Science and Technology Facilities Council‘s Borrow The Moon loan scheme.  This fantastic scheme enables schools and other educational or scientific organisation to borrow samples of the Moon collected by the Apollo astronauts and samples of meteorites, allowing everyone, from school children to adults, to see and handle these unique samples.

There’s be all sorts of other activities too, from dinosaurs to popping balloons with lasers. There’s behind the scenes peaks at particle accelerators and high performance computer centres. There will be hands-on and interactive activities for all the family running throughout the day.

The open day is free to everyone, but you should register in advance.


It isn’t all fun and games, summer also means conference season, and two of the biggest conferences in our field are taking place in June and August.

Goldschmidt 2016

In just a couple of weeks several members of the group will be winging their way to Japan for the Goldschmidt 2016 conference in Yokohama. This large annual conference covers all aspects of geochemistry and related fields.

The official conference Twitter feed is @Goldschmidt2016. And group members will be tweeting and blogging live from the conference – out Twitter is @EarthSolarSystm.

Met Soc 2016

Members of the group will also be attending the 79th Annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Berlin at the beginning of August – and some very lucky people will be back from Japan just long enough to do some washing and repack their suitcases before heading off again to Berlin. This conference focuses largely on meteorites, but also includes presentations about all aspects of planetary science.

Again, group members will be Tweeting and blogging live from the conference


And finally, a heads up for the Manchester Science Festival 2016 in October.  Keep an eye out for updates over the coming months, and we’ll update you when we’ve got confirmed details of events…



About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.
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