Outreach, and communicating our science, is an important part of our CDT. Below are just some of the events we are involved in.

Pint of Science 2016

Philip Thomas (2013 cohort) spoke as part of Pint of Science 2016. His talk, on 23rd May at the Red Lion in Withington, introduced some of the key ideas in his research field. Philip talked about metamaterials and their potential applications in biosensing and invisibility cloaking.

Soapbox Science 2016 Manchester

On the 23rd July 2016 NoWNANO DTC student Chloe Oakland (cohort 4) took part in Soapbox Science 2016 Manchester. Chloe was one of twelve female scientists to take to their soapboxes in Piccadilly Gardens to share their research. Chloe discussed florescent nanoparticles for early disease diagnosis.

Nano Masterclass 2016

The Nano Masterclass was a one-day event specifically designed for sixth form students and their teachers and run at the University of Manchester by practising researchers from our Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training. This event was primarily intended for those students taking modules which include physics and chemistry at 'A' or 'AS' level, but was also open to any physics student or teacher interested in studying or teaching the subject. Find out more on the Masterclass website here and review the success of the inaugural masterclass here


British Science Week 2016

In March 2016 students from both the NoWNANO DTC and Graphene NOWNANO CDT contributed to the running of events for the public which formed part of British Science Week at the University of Manchester. This science fair had a total of 884 learners attend with teachers and students commenting that they "loved the interaction and variety of activities on offer” which “gave them a chance to see first-hand what the latest researchers are doing”. One young learner also commented "the part of the day I enjoyed most was the science fair as I was shown and told many different areas/topics of science and engineering" which meets with the aims of British Science Week. Read more about what took place here.

Science Spectacular

On the 25th October 2014 in the Whitworth Hall, the University of Manchester hosted an outreach event "Science Spectacular". During the event many families with young children came to see the Graphene NOWNANO CDT stand. This year we introduced a new activity with crystallographic models. It was indeed very enthusiastically received by children of all ages, who were very eager to cut and glue various 3D shapes that were prepared for them. Another activity, our pride - graphene creation, where participants could make graphene and look at it under the microscope - as usual took everyones’ attention, considering graphene as the wonder material of the future. As a reward for exceptional performance, stars were awarded to everyone who participated. It was an amazing outreach day and everyone enjoyed it.


Annual science festivals

These include Manchester Science Festival, Science Arena at Live! From Jodrell Bank and Cheltenham Science Festival. Our main exhibit at the moment is ‘Graphene – Unexpected Science in a Pencil Line’, which gives visitors an opportunity to produce their own graphene, explore its atomic structure using a Virtual Transmission Electron Microscope, play graphene-based mobile games and talk to the students and academics studying graphene and developing its applications. New activities are added every year, developed by the CDT students and academics.


Saturday Science

Weekend events organised by the Museum of Science and Industry every year, where members of the public can meet university researchers and learn about their work.


National Science and Engineering Week

This is an annual week of science-based activities for schoolchildren organised by the British Science Foundation, where GrapheneNOWNANO is an active participant.

School visits

We have a programme of visits to secondary schools, where our students lead hands-on activities explaining the science of graphene and other nanomaterials to groups of GCSE and A-level students. These visits are very popular and we are getting regular requests from schools across Greater Manchester to present and explain our research.


Student perspective

In this interview with Manchester Beacon, PhD student Ben discusses communicating science to the public and what surprised him about the public perception of science.

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