Autumn 2016 Events

Hello! After a fun summer, which saw the inaugural Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank, a dinosaur wandering round Cheshire in the rain, and trips to Japan and German (yes, I did get my Spaghettieis, 2 in fact!) for conferences, its back to the grindstone now. There are PhD theses to be finished within the next few weeks, samples to be analysed, and papers to be written. But we do have some events coming up in September and October, and with the programme for Manchester Science Festival 2016 having been launched yesterday, this seemed an appropriate time to share dates and details of those events.

Science Uncovered Manchester European Researchers’ Night


Friday 30th September is European Researchers’ Night, and the Manchester Museum will be holding a Science Uncovered evening event for adults, from 6pm to 10pm, showcasing Manchester’s finest researchers and their work. There’ll be research on show, music, drinks and a lively atmosphere.

There’s also an A Level Social event for 6th form students from 5pm to 6pm.

There’s a Facebook event page here, and follow #ERN2016 on social media for update on this event in Manchester and similar ones taking place all over Europe.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System

igcrg_whiteFollowing on from the success of the last few years, we’ll be holding another Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System day of hands on and interactive events between 11am and 4pm at the Manchester Museum on Tuesday 25th October, as part of the Manchester Science Festival.

Come and see pieces of the Moon collected by Apollo astronauts, along with meteorites from Mars and asteroids. There’ll be demos where you can watch a comet forming and volcanic eruptions with your own eyes! And investigate how craters form on planetary surfaces.

Why not have a look at some photos on our Facebook page to see some of the activities from previous years, they’ll give you an idea of what to expect. And we’ve set up an event on our Facebook too – let us know if you’re planning on coming along, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Science Spectacular

Each year The University of Manchester hosts the Science Spectacular, as part of the Manchester Science Festival. And this year it will be taking place on Saturday 29th October, from 10am to 4pm, at the Manchester Museum.

Join us and scientists from across the University for a fun-filled day of science challenges, live experiments, and interactive demonstrations. There will be activities for all ages. Activities will include the chance to help create a mini tornado, snuggle up to some creepy crawlies, and crack secret DNA and computer codes. There’ll be robots, bugs and drugs, moon rocks, fascinating fungi, and more! With more than 40 interactive science activities you don’t want to miss out on our annual family science fun day. And don’t forget to chat with the scientists and engineers – they are behind some of the world’s most amazing discoveries.

Why not take a look at the photo gallery or watch a short film from 2015 to find out what this event is all about. Can you spot any of our E&SS team in the photos?

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Remember you can keep up with what we’re up to all year on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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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