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Crystallography Matters!

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. 

Murder Mystery Workshop

Upon arrival to the School of Chemistry the students taking part in our workshop were given the shocking news that a researcher???s body had been found in the lab.

With their help we were hoping to find out what had happened. Did he die from natural causes or was he murdered?

International Year of Light Ceilidh

On the 5th December a team of scientists and an award winning science ceilidh band collaborated to deliver a fantastic, light themed science ceilidh.

Diligent work behind the scenes was evident in the glittering transformation of the hall and the adventurous new dances. We put our guests through their paces with challenging routines to explain some complex scientific principles - yet each dance looked fantastic!

The Science of Spice is Rather Nice!

Staff and students from the School of Chemistry joined with scientists from across Scotland to illuminate and entertain over 3000 this weekend at Edinburgh Mela, Scotland???s biggest festival of world music and dance. 

The Science of Spice stall was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of their work to engage more people with chemistry.  On the stall thousands of adults and hundreds of children enjoyed colourful chromatography, playing with pigments and guessing the smells of some of our favourite flavours.

Chemistry Goes on Tour

Last week saw post-graduate students from the School of Chemistry hit the road to take Chemistry on Tour to remote and rural schools in Dumfries and Galloway.  Funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, 7 PhD students ran activities with high school and primary classes at Wallace Hall Academy and Wallace Hall Primary in Thornhill, and at Kirkcudbright Academy and Kirkcudbright Primary School.   

Dancing Light Workshops at Midlothian Science Festival

We had two sold-out workshops at the Midlothian Science Festival last week. Lots and lots of fun was had dancing with ???photons??? and learning about what makes up white light. The ribbons were a hit and we had some wonderful ribbon dances! What is there not to love about ribbons!? At the end we played the parachute game with a true and false quiz to find out what we had learned about light.

Thanks to our volunteers and the Midlothian Science Festival organisers for such a great event.

Explorathon 2015

Our Chemists were busy across the city for Explorathon 2015! From Edinburgh Zoo to the National Museums of Scotland they were found to be engaging with the public about chemistry! Giuditta Perversi talked about the symmetry and asymmetry found in the world, and her team had a selection of interactive crystallography activities beside the Rhino enclosure!