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Department of Physics

Outreach is an important aspect of our work. It allows us to explain our research to wider audiences, to describe how science contributes important technical and cultural benefits to our modern society and provides an opportunity to enthuse young people about physics, consider studying science at school and university, and perhaps, in turn, become the scientists of the future.

Physics outreach spans the whole range of our research activities from cosmology through materials physics, nanoscience and atomic physics to particle physics.

Our outreach takes many forms from public lectures and in-school activities to workshops and science festivals such as the annual ‘Celebrate Science’ fair held in Durham and the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition held in London. Our school activities involve children from early primary-age up to the sixth form. A visit may include our mobile planetarium, which is supported by an enthusiastic team of physics staff and graduate student volunteers and is very much in demand and highly popular with schools.

Our more detailed technical physics outreach is directed more toward secondary school and sixth form students, through activities such as those linked with the Ogden Trust Schools Science Partnership and through lectures and physics activities developed for the Durham Supported Progression scheme and the Durham University Sutton Trust Summer Schools.

You can explore outreach areas and participation opportunities with the relevant staff in physics and, following the link, you can view the wide range of outreach activities across all the sciences provided by the Science Outreach team at Durham University.

Martin Ward

Temple Chevallier Professor of Astronomy

Durham University