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Talking Science with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Free and fascinating talks from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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As part of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's Talking Science programme, we have a fantastic series of talks lined up for you, and we do hope you'll be able to join us for them! The talks cover everything from the development of a vaccine against COVID-19 to the ongoing search for the mysterious dark matter,

We now plan to run Talking Science entirely via Zoom until at least the end of March 2021 with talks only taking place once at 7pm. We will review the local and national situation in February/March with a hope to run Talking Science on site at RAL from April 2021. We will continue to broadcast the talks on Zoom, whether or not they take place at the lab.

If you're not able to join the webinar live, but would like a recording of it, please register and select the option to receive the recording on the order form.

To allow you to book more than one ticket at once, the date of the talk is shown in your ticket name, not in the time shown on Eventbrite. We will send you a reminder email in the run up to each talk you have booked.

Talks coming up:

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 19:00 - Jurassic-sized headaches in the field! (suitable for ages 8+) by Professor Phil Manning (University of Manchester)

  • You are in the middle of nowhere. It is 40 degrees Celsius. A dust storm has sprung out of nowhere…and you have 6000 kg of precious dinosaur bones suspended in mid-air. You are beginning to lose site of the truck on which you have to place the load. The rapidly disappearing truck is a mere 10 metres away, but it might as well be a mile. Join Prof. Phil Manning on a journey from the 'fun' of excavating dinosaurs in the field to the excitement of studying them at the synchrotron.

FRIDAY 12 MARCH, 19:00 - One tough cookie (suitable for ages 5+) by Amanda Brummitt (UKAEA Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)

  • What can a biscuit tell us about engineering and the strength of the materials around us? It turns out quite a lot! Join engineer Amanda Brummitt as she uses cookie dough, oven temperatures and a recipe for disaster to explain engineering materials.

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