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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

Programme of Events

Our celebrations will be split into two parts.  On Friday afternoon and early on Saturday morning we've organized a scientific symposium: we have invited back several of our distinguished alumni to present some of their research successes, and will have lectures from current members of staff.  Friday afternoon's events will be concluded by a public lecture on Marie Curie by Prof Andrzej K Wroblewski and is part of our International Year of Chemistry celebrations.  From mid morning on Saturday we'll switch to more "family friendly" events.  We'll have lectures on fluorescent budgerigars and favourite school science experiments.  We'll have lots of interactive demonstrations on show, posters highlighting current research in the department, displays on the history of Durham Chemistry, tours of the science site, as well as teas/coffees and lunches. 

We hope there will be something of interest for all ages!

A weekend of "science and friendship"

23 - 24 September 2011

Programme of Events - 50 years in our Building

Friday 23 September

Science symposium: Celebrating Durham Chemistry and Chemists

10.00 - 11.30 Registration/arrival

Red Greenhouse, Science Site Entrance

11.00 Coffee, photographic exhibition of Department
CG127, Musgrave Room and Chemistry café, Chemistry 

12.30 Buffet Lunch for those attending science symposium
CG127, Musgrave Room and Chemistry café, Chemistry

1.15 Welcome to the reunion - Professor Judith Howard
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

1.20 - 2.00 Introduction to the Department - "Yesterday, today and tomorrow" - Professor John Evans:
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

2.00 - 2.45 "How RNA acts as an enzyme" - Professor David Lilley FRS (Dundee)
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

2.45 - 3.30 "Sugars and Proteins" - Professor Ben Davis (Oxford)
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

3.30 - 4.15 Tea
CG127, Musgrave Room and Chemistry café, Chemistry

4.15 - 5.00 "Hydrogen Storage - how to squeeze more H2 in" - Professor Gavin Walker (Nottingham)
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

Public Lecture for International Year of Chemistry

5.00 - 6.00 Public lecture on Marie Curie: "The greatness of Maria Sklodowska-Curie"
Given by Professor Andrzej K Wroblewski, Warsaw University, Poland
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry 

7.00 - 7.30 Evening drinks reception (if registered)
Grey College

7.30 Gala Dinner (if registered)
Dining Room, Grey College

Saturday 24 September

Science symposium: Celebrating Durham Chemistry and Chemists

09.00 - 11.30 Registration/arrival (for those attending on Saturday only)
Red Greenhouse, Science Site Entrance

9.30 - 10.00 "Nano-carbons" - Dr Karl Coleman (Durham)
ScarboroughLecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry 

10.00 - 10.30 "Greener and Cleaner: New directions for synthetic chemistry and catalysis at Durham"
Professor Andy Whiting (Durham)
ScarboroughLecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry 

50th Celebrations: Events for alumni, families and friends

10.30 - 11.30 Coffee
CG127, Musgrave Room, extra CG60 and Chemistry café, Chemistry

11.00 Guided tours of the Department and Science Site
Departing from Chemistry Café area every 30 mins until 2.00

Interactive science demonstrations
Synthetic teaching laboratory, CG193

See our glassblowers in action and work with them
Glassblowing workshop, CG015 

Posters on our current scientific research

Posters from the North East Schools Industry Partnership students including the winners of the Archie Docherty prize

Displays on the history of the Department - identify your class mates!
Physical teaching laboratory, CG127

Contribute to our story - opportunities to upload your recently jogged memories of the Department to our Wiki page http://chemistry-alumni.dur.ac.uk/wiki/doku.php
Chemistry Internet café: CG116J, and Physical teaching laboratory, CG127

11.30 - 12.30 Demonstration Lecture: "Light - the use of Europium in the Euro and fluorescent budgerigars"
Dr Andrew Beeby (Durham)
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry 

12.30 - 2.30 Lunch for those registered
CG127, Musgrave Room, extra CG60 and Chemistry café, Chemistry

1.00 Origins of the Universe 3D movie - first showing
D110 Lecture Theatre, Archaeology

 2.30 - 3.30 Demonstration lecture: "Favourite School Science Experiments" - Dr Jacquie Robson (Durham)
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry

3.00 Origins of the Universe 3D movie - second showing
D110 Lecture Theatre, Archaeology 

3.30 Tea
CG127, Musgrave Room, extra CG60 and Chemistry café, Chemistry

4.30 Closing remarks of the reunion.
Scarborough Lecture Theatre (CG93), Chemistry