This call forms part of a series of conference calls as part of the Explore Your Universe Phase 2 Programme to support the delivery of activities and events around the physical sciences and engineering. December's call will cover some of the cutting edge materials science supported by STFC, and how this research can be used in science and discovery centres to inspire audiences. The guest speakers are Dr Ann Terry and Prof Stephen Bennington who will be discussing their fascinating work in nanostructures for hydrogen storage (future fuels), and the applications of naturally occurring silk proteins (spider silk).
Rosetta and Gaia Space Missions
27 August 2014, 3-4:30pm, Conference Call
for Science and Discovery Centres or the British Association of Planetaria. Others are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact us.This will be a short and snappy introduction to the science behind the Rosetta and Gaia space missions, with a chance to put your questions to the experts, including Dr. Ross Burgon, Rosetta in the UK – National Co-ordinator, based at the Open University; Professor Gerry Gilmore, UK Gaia Principle Investigator based at the University of Cambridge; Dr. Shaaron Leverment of Explorer Dome; and Dan Hillier and Jo Lewis of STFC.
Additionally, we will provide a package of resources that you can use to inspire your audiences about these missions, what they hope to achieve, and the poeple who make it all happen!
This session is being offered as part of the Explore Your Universe programme, supported by STFC, and is intended to be of primary benefit to anyone who is developing or delivering activities around the physical sciences to engage the public with contemporary research. This includes organisations that are involved in the Explore Your Universe network, members of Association for Science and Discovery Centres or the British Association of Planetaria. Others are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Welcome and Introductions
Introduction to space-based astronomy (why we do it)
Gaia: what is it and what is it doing, What is it going to show us, Upcoming milestones and events, Activities and resources
Rosetta: what is it and what is it doing, What is it going to show us, Upcoming milestones and events, Activities and resources
Approaches to Engagement Conference Calls
Inspiring Girls with Physics and Engineering
This call forms part of a series of conference calls as part of the Explore Your Universe Phase 2 Programme to support the delivery of activities and events around the physical sciences and engineering.
This call focuses particularly on how, as a sector, we can help to address and decrease the gender gap of those choosing to study, and pursue careers in, science and engineering through providing a backdrop to the issues, practical recommendations, and space for discussion for those involved in this area of work.
Speakers for this call include Katharine Lee, Head of Youth Programmes for Girlguiding, Emily Dawson, lecturer at University College London whose work focuses on equity around science engagement, and Andrea Meyrick, Head of Education at Techniquest.
3:00pm - Welcome and introductions
3:10pm - Emily Dawson - Embedding equity as core practice
3:30pm - Andrea Meyrick - Looking at science centre through the gender lens
3:50pm - Katherine Lee - What do girls tell us are the issues and how can we respond to that?
4:20pm - Closing discussion
4:30pm - Close
The Bidders conference call
ASDC hosted a conference call at 2pm on 10 June 2014 to answer any questions from all potential bidders in an open manner.
2:00pm Welcome (PF), Introductions (All), About the project and partnership (PF and ML), Questions (All)