He managed to bring chemistry to the Museum Lates crowd by linking the history of alchemy and chemistry with present day research and current challenges. Lots of excellent demonstrations, bangs and explosions kept everyone on the edge of their seat and he even made beer appear magically before our eyes.
Georg will be giving a Chemistry Christmas Lecture at the George Square Theatre on the 10th of December. All welcome.
Here are a few photos from the night:
During May and June we have been celebrating research within the College of Science and Engineering that is linked to light as part of our International Year of Light 2015 events.
We were lucky to have a fantastic programme of talks, covering topics such as the future of solar power in Scotland to the mathematics of black holes! Each Wednesday evening at 6.30pm in the Red Lecture Theatre at Summerhall our specialists enlightened us with their topic of research.
To celebrate 2014 being the International Year of Crystallography, we invited researchers from a range of disciplines to talk about crystallography in their subjects and in their current research. Summerhall hosted us every Tuesday night between 13th May and the 24th June as we embarked on a remarkable journey in which we learned all about the fascinating world of crystals, from historical discoveries to today???s cutting-edge research.
From the 9th of April to the 13th of April, the School of Chemistry was part of the University of Edinburgh drop-in activities at the National Museum of Scotland. To celebrate the International Year of Light we looked at how light is used in chemistry!
We had a really fantastic team of enthusiastic chemistry PhD students to explain about fluorescence, phosphorescence, spectroscopy and light in chemistry.
During the festival we ran a dance and light movement workshop all about light! This workshop was for 8 to 13 year olds to learn about light and its properties.
They got to dance with ???photons??? and create different movements for the different wavelengths of light. Roberta Beakbane and PhD students in the School of Chemistry developed and delivered the workshop. We held workshops at both the Scottish Parliament and the National Museums of Scotland.
Dr Martin Ward recently took part in the "I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here" program. He tells us about the experience below:
???I???m a scientist, get me out of here??? is a free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists. Groups of 5 scientists are asked to join in live web text chat sessions where primary school kids are on the other side of the keyboard and they can ask us anything that comes in to their head!
The Dunbar SciFest Family Weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March, (10am-5pm) was a great success. The weekend delivered a packed programme of over 100 different events, including stage shows, workshops, drop-in sessions, storytelling and more.
The School of Chemistry was one of over 60 different organisations in Dunbar for the family weekend event. With 3,500 visitors over the two days the School of Chemistry team were kept incredibly busy!