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September 2017

Explorathon

September 29 @ 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
Arboretum Place Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ United Kingdom
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Drop-in event

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June 2017

School of Chemistry Work Experience

June 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Edinburgh,
King's Buildings Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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High school students from Leith Academy had a hands-on experience making dye-sensitised solar cells.

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Crieff Rotary Talk

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yann's Restaurant,
Crieff, United Kingdom
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May 2017

Fife Science Festival

May 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre,
Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom
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February 2017

Strathearn Festival of Science

February 26
Crieff,
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Hands-on workshop

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November 20162016

School Science Week

November 14, 2016
St. Roch's Primary School, Glasgow,
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Six classes of pupils from P4 upwards worked on experiments and a quiz on solar energy, light and renewable energy.

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October 2016

Midlothian Science Festival

October 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Danderhall Library

We met around 50 children and their parents for hands-on activities related to solar energy.

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April 2016

Talk at Leith Probus

April 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Leith, Edinburgh,
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March 2016

Talk at the Edinburgh University EUYRSA Society

March 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Edinburgh
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November 20152015

Get Energised – plenary speaker and activity judge

November 9, 2015
National Museum of Scotland,
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A hands-on energy day for school pupils organised by the NMS

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September 2015

The Solar Spark at g4g Day@London

September 26, 2015
Imperial College London,
South Kensington campus London, SW72AZ United Kingdom
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The g4g Day by Greenlight for Girls is a one‐day girl‐focused event demonstrating the fun in science through hands‐on workshops. At The Solar Spark’s workshop we will be making working solar cells using raspberries to harness the sun’s energy!

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May 2015

Solar Energy in Scotland – A New Dawn?

May 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Summerhall,
1 Summerhall Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Solar energy has come a long way in the last 60 years, from a niche technology providing electricity on satellites to mass renewable energy on earth. Ever reducing cost means that it is becoming increasingly viable even in Scotland, with additional benefits also including the chance to tackle fuel poverty, energy security, community sustainability and new business opportunities. The talk will cover the importance and development of solar energy, leading up to an understanding of where we are now and…

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April 2015

Catching the Rainbow: plants, people and solar cells in Scotland

April 13, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Summerhall,
1 Summerhall Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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March 2015

Dunbar Science Festival Family Weekend

March 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue Marquee #2,
Dunbar Primary School Dunbar, EH42 1DG United Kingdom
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The Solar Spark will join the Dunbar Science Festival Family Weekend with our most popular solar- powered toys and experiment with a ‘hand battery’. Drop in and find out how much electricity your family get generate.  

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December 20142014

Workshop at Firrhill High School

December 16, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Firrhill High School,
Oxgangs Road North Edinburgh, EH14 1DP United Kingdom
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National 5 and Higher physics students will learn a bit about our research at Edinburgh university. They’ll also get to make a Gratzel cell and learn more about dyes with our ‘magic dye’ experiment.

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November 2014

Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day

November 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
School of Chemistry,
Joseph Black Building, The King's Buildings, West Mains Road Edinburgh, EH9 3JF United Kingdom
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The varied set of events run from 10am to 4pm at the School of Chemistry in Edinburgh University. Saturday will be your first chance to enjoy our Chemistry Trail – a walk around the centre of Edinburgh highlighting some of the exciting chemistry discoveries which took place here. Solar Spark will be in the museum of the School of Chemistry. Come and make some newton wheels with us and take a rainbow in the box to home!

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September 2014

EXPLORATHON 2014

September 26, 2014
National Museum of Scotland,
Chambers Street Edinburgh, EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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EXPLORATHON 2014 is Scotland’s European Researchers’ Night. The Night gives researchers the opportunity to share their research with members of the public. The Solar Spark will be at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Midfest

September 10, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dalkeith Arts Centre,
2 White Hart St, Dalkeith EH22 1AE Edinburgh, EH22 1AE United Kingdom
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The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Local Section of the RSC is organising an event as a component of the Scottish Government funded ‘Chemistry Conversations’ project in which we introduce chemistry activities into arts festivals and to community groups. The Solar Spark is going to provide a stand of drop-in activities for the event.

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July 2014

Sutton Trust Summer School

July 8, 2014 - July 9, 2014
The University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building,,
The King's Buildings, West Mains Road Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
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This is the 1st year the Sutton Trust Summer School is being run in the College. The overarching aim is to Widen Participation at the University. The summer school is aiming at school kids, who have got excellent grades at Higher or 1st year A level, but who also attend schools which have not got a great record in sending pupils on into tertiary education. The Sutton Trust funds students to attend a 1 week summer school to open their minds to the possibilities of going…

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The BigBang @ Westminster

July 2, 2014
Westminster Kingsway College,
211 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross London, WC1X 8RA United Kingdom

Every year the Big Bang, the biggest science fair for young people in the UK takes over Westminster Kingsway College. The Solar Spark had the opportunity to participate for the second consecutive year!

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June 2014

Schools’ Innovation and Enterprise Partnership Event

June 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
BioCity Scotland ,

Hosted by BioCity Scotland and organised by the University of Edinburgh this event is the first of its kind and aims to stimulate pupils’ interest in Science through experiencing innovation and enterprise in Life Sciences at BioCity Scotland. Pupils will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of  ‘hands on’ workshops and gain an insight into careers in Science.

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May 2014

Weekend at Glasgow Science Center

May 24, 2014 - May 26, 2014
Glasgow Science Centre,
50 Pacific Quay Glasgow, G51 1EA United Kingdom
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Try fruit and hand battery at ‘Test It’ area  on floor 2 of Science Center with the Solar Spark!

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Bursa Science Festival

May 2, 2014 @ 8:00 am - May 4, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Bursa Science and Technology Center,
Altınova Mah. Fuar Cad. Bursa, Turkey

Bursa Science Fest is the first and biggest open air science fest of Turkey.

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April 2014

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

April 20, 2014
Summerhall,
1 Summerhall Edinburgh, EH9 1PL United Kingdom
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After a tremendously successful initial outing in 2013, Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is coming back – this time bigger, shinier, and with more knobs on! The Solar Spark returns as well with luminescent dyes and artwork with photovoltaic cells. Come and see!

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March 2014

CPD event for Secondary Science Teacher

March 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
George Watson's College,
Edinburgh,
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A training day for secondary school teachers in the Edinburgh area.

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The Big Bang Fair UK 2014

March 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am - March 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
The NEC,
Birminham, B40 1NT United Kingdom
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The Big Bang is a UK young scientists and engineers fair, most appreciated by everyone ! This year again the Solar Spark gets involved: we are going to hold a two days “drop-in session” where anyone can come and try to a variety of activities! Drop in then and let our team guide you through the discovery of the phenomena crucial to the making of solar cells: light absorption, energy conversion and electricity.

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Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WSET) society’s annual open day

March 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Imperial College London,
South Kensington campus London, SW72AZ United Kingdom

The Solar Spark chose three experiments to initiate the students coming from neighbouring girl schools to science : electrochemical writing, chlorophyll extraction and Tyndall effect. The volunteers helping during the day came from very different background allowing the students to ask as many questions as possible regarding the joys and challenges of being a scientist!

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December 20132013

RSC Materials Division Schools Lecture

December 18, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Leeds,
Leeds,
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Schools Christmas lecture in the Leeds area. Details of time, venue and contact for tickets are on the RSC event website.

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RSC Materials Division Lecture

December 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Edinburgh,
Edinburgh,
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Schools Christmas lecture in the Edinburgh area. Details of time, venue and contact for tickets are on the RSC event website.

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November 2013

Teacher workshop

November 8, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Reach Out Lab,
Imperial College London London, United Kingdom
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Faced with the new curriculum, teachers from London schools will come to the Reach Out Lab of Imperial College to fish ideas for their class. The Solar Spark will present few things on the afternoon fitting in the theme “renewable energy”, “electricity” and ” light”.    

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October 2013

Your Science Futures: Energy

October 29, 2013 @ 10:00 am - October 30, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Glasgow Science Centre,
50 Pacific Quay Glasgow, G51 1EA United Kingdom
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The Solar Spark will participate to “Your Science Futures: Energy ” in Glasgow Science Centre. In the Careers Speed Networking session, the Solar Spark is going to tell pupils about solar energy related academic work and give pupils an insight into what it’s like to do research.

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September 2013

Science Uncovered

September 27, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Rd London, SW7 5BD United Kingdom
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The Solar Spark will participate to “Science Uncovered” which is part of the EU Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide event bringing the public and researchers together on the same day. Around the theme “energy”, Imperial College chemistry department will try to demonstrate few of the key concepts used in solar fuels research. This will involve the electrochemical writing experiment as well as the chlorophyll extraction.

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Workshop at Liberton High School

September 23, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Liberton High School,
Gilmerton Road Edinburgh,
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CPD Day for the Association for Science Education

September 21, 2013 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
George Watson's College,
Edinburgh,
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A training day for secondary school teachers in the Edinburgh area.

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Liberal Democrat Party Conference

September 16, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre,
Glasgow,
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We will display a stand and be ready for discussions on the role of solar energy in society and the part chemistry plays in science and technology (supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry)

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August 2013

Chemistry 300 – Solar Energy Workshop

August 24, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ardnamurchan High School,
Strontian,
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A part of the University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry Tercentenary celebrations a group of Chemists cycled 300 mile to Strontian and back. In Strontian, the Solar Spark team added to the proceedings with experiments and displays on Solar Energy.

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Public Engagement Workshop

August 20, 2013
University of Edinburgh,
King's Buildings Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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A workshop for members of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (www.siser.ac.uk) to extend our team of willing and able solar energy ambassadors.

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July 2013

The Big Bang London – 3 & 4 July 2013

July 3, 2013 - July 4, 2013
Westminster Kingsway College,
211 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross London, WC1X 8RA United Kingdom
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The Big Bang is a UK young scientists and engineers fair, most appreciated by everyone ! This year again the Solar Spark gets involved : we are going to hold a two days “drop-in session” where anyone can come and try to make real solar cells ! Drop in then and let our team guide you through the discovery of the phenomena crucial to the making of solar cells: light absorption, energy conversion and electricity.    

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June 2013

University of Edinburgh Maxwell Lecture

June 13, 2013 @ 6:45 pm - August 28, 2013 @ 7:45 pm
University of Edinburgh,
King's Buildings Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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The Maxwell lecture for 2013 is delivered jointly by Neil Robertson and Gareth Harrison of the University of Edinburgh on the topic of solar energy, entitled “By their light, and by their light alone”.

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May 2013

Radio Dawn Interview

May 22, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Radio Dawn,
Nottingham,

Tune in to Radio Dawn, Nottingham (107.6 FM) at around 6pm to hear Dr Neil Robertson, researcher at The University of Edinburgh and director of the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER), talk about all things solar.

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Annual Edinburgh Chemists’ Seminar

May 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Craigmount High School,
Craig's Road Edinburgh, EH12 8NH United Kingdom
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High school chemistry teachers from across Edinburgh will be trying out our ‘Make a Grätzel Cell’ experiment for themselves. Will they do as well as the pupils?

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Kirkcaldy High School Solar Cell Workshops

May 14, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kirkcaldy High School,
Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 3LR United Kingdom
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The S3 Chemistry pupils of Kirkcaldy High School will be making their very own Grätzel solar cells using raspberries to absorb sunlight!

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March 2013
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Science in the Park

March 23, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park,
Wollaton Nottingham, NG8 2AE
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Make a ‘rainbow in a box’ and colour in a Newton wheel to explore light and colour. Generate your own electricity from batteries made of fruit, coins and yourself! See how much energy you can generate just by cycling. Then see how light can be used to make electricity by indulging in solar cell powered car races!

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SSERC CPD Day 2013

March 12, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
School of Chemistry,
Joseph Black Building, The King's Buildings, West Mains Road EH12 6LW, EH9 3JJ
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For teachers

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February 2013

RSC Materials Chemistry Schools Lecture

February 5, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
The University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building,,
The King's Buildings, West Mains Road Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
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November 20122012

RSC Materials Chemistry Schools Lecture

November 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Chemistry Centre, Science Room,
Burlington House, London, W1J 0PG
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September 2012

Physics at Work

September 18, 2012
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge,
Cambridge, CB3 0HE
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British Science Festival

September 8, 2012 - September 9, 2012
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom,
Aberdeen, AB24 5NR
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Make a ‘rainbow in a box’ and colour in a Newton wheel to explore light and colour. Generate your own electricity from batteries made of fruit, fizzy drinks and coins. Then see how light can be used to make electricity by indulging in solar cell powered car races! This fun and interactive workshop brings together the concepts of light, energy and electricity in a novel way which can be adapted to suit all age groups.

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Can Solar Energy Save the World?

September 6, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Regent Lecture Theatre, Regent Building,
The University of Aberdeen Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
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From making a whoosh bottle whistle to constructing a fully functioning solar cell, this talk will be full of exciting demonstrations. See the electricity that can be generated from a solar panel, and discover new solar cell technologies and how they are being used. Finally, you can decide if solar energy will save the world.

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The Solar Spark: Energy, Electricity and Light

September 3, 2012 - September 7, 2012
Aberdeen Beach Ballroom,
Beach Promenade Aberdeen, AB24 5NR
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Fun and interactive primary school workshops introducing children to the concepts of energy, electricity and light, and how they can be combined to harness the sun’s energy.

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July 2012

The Big Bang Fair

July 11, 2012
Aston University,
Birmingham,
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June 2012

The Big Bang West Midlands 2012

June 26, 2012
Thinktank Birmingham,
Millenium Point Birmingham, B4 7XG
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Solar Cell Straw Workshop

June 18, 2012
Boroughmuir High School,
26 Viewforth Edinburgh, EH10 4LR
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SSERC CPD Summer 2012

June 13, 2012
School of Chemistry,
Joseph Black Building, The King's Buildings, West Mains Road Edinburgh, EH9 3JJ
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May 2012

Teachers’ Meeting

May 27, 2012
University of St Andrews,
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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Imperial Festival

May 11, 2012
Immperial College London,
London, United Kingdom
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March 2012

Physics Workshop for School Children

March 29, 2012
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Sustainable Energy Fair

March 17, 2012
Liberton Kirk,
28-30 Kirkgate Edinburgh, EH16 6RY United Kingdom
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Science in the Park

March 10, 2012
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park,
Wollaton Nottingham, NG8 2AE
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Bath Taps into Science!

March 9, 2012
University of Bath,
Bath Bath, United Kingdom
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