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XMaS Science Gala- University of Warwick

University of Warwick- Department of Physics

25th January 2017


The XMaS Science Galas will be an evening extravaganzas highlighting inspiring careers and exciting science. Get to hear about loads of opportunities and activities to get involved with and explore hands-on demos including a formula one racing simulator, mind controlled scalletrics, laser harp, bike powered smoothie maker, 3D printers and a submarine! Speak to professors, staff and students at the University as well as go on a virtual tour of ATLAS at CERN! The XMaS Science Gala is open to anyone interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths); students, teachers, friends, family. Everyone is welcome!

Recommended for ages 8 and above although siblings are of course welcome.

Please register on eventbrite as there is limited availability.


For Key Stage 2 (Ages 8-12 years) 6.00-7.00pm in PLT

Ally Caldecote- 'This Is Rocket Science'
Tim Wilson- 'Get inspired with Code Club'

For Key Stages 3 and above (Ages 12 years and above) 7.00-8.30pm in L3

Pam Thomas (Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research))
Laurence Bouchenoire ''What does a beamline scientist do?"
Kayleigh Lampard- 'XMaS Scientist Experience'
Kieran Uzzell and Alice Stamp- ‘Life as a Physics Student’
Kate Shaw- 'Virtual visit to ATLAS at CERN'


All our tours have limited availability- Please pick up your tickets from the registration desk from 5pm.

We have 6 different tours from you to choose from as well as our planetarium

The Planetarium  planetarium_0005_002.jpg  

Take a 10 minute tour of the centre of our Galaxy in a full 360 degree Planetarium dome. Get a glimpse of some of the most powerful telescopes on the planet, the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, in A Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way!


XMaS Scientist Experience

The student winners of XMaS Scientist Experience 2015 and 2016 will share their experiences of winning the competition to visit XMaS at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). They will discuss what they have learnt and give details of this years competition, which is now open.

Astronomy and Astrophysics astro_image.jpg

At the Astronomy stand, get a taste of the research completed by the Astronomy group in Warwick, Europe's most successful user of the Hubble Space Telescope. Current researchers will be on hand to answer your questions on topics ranging from the destruction of distant planets by white dwarfs in our own Galaxy to the brightest and most powerful explosions in the Universe!

Athena SWAN and Project Juno


The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. Find out more at the Athena SWAN stand!

Beautiful brains and mighty nerves.


Come along to the School of Life Sciences stand and find out all about your brain. Exciting demonstrations involving testing your reaction time, ‘shocking’ your nerves to make your hand move and looking inside a brain through a microscope will provide you with a fun insight into biology at Warwick, aswell as the useful things you can do with a biology degree.

Biomedical Outreach


Warwick Biomedical Engineering Outreach are a multidisciplinary team of 4th year engineering students from the University of Warwick. We bring our enthusiasm for Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) to the development of novel kits designed to encourage the next generation of STEM students. We are exhibiting our mind controlled scalextric, which uses a single channel EEG sensor and an Arduino to control a car with just your thoughts!

Biomedical Sensors Group- School of Engineering


Smell is one of our least understood and used senses. Warwick University is internationally renowned for its work on artificial olfaction – making machines that can mimic human smell or computer controlled aroma generators to replicate everyday aromas. These machines are being used for medical diagnostics, gaming and even sniffing rotting food! Come try out our “sniffing” machines and see how smelly your breath is. The take our smell test and find out how well you can smell…



Research at the Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA) focuses on plasma physics applied to the grand challenges of magnetic and inertial fusion power, space physics, solar physics, and astrophysics. Visit us to learn what it's like to be a researcher in the field of plasma physics, see the latest movies and images of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and make your own magnetic sunspot.

Chem Soc


ChemSoc is a student run society who have a dedicated outreach team. With regular visits to primary and secondary schools, we hope to inspire the future generation to study chemistry.

On our stand, we have some of our favourite experiments – a dry ice demonstration, milk art, mini volcanoes, non-Newtonian liquids and fruit batteries. We also have a chance for you to explore our undergraduate teaching lab as well as a lasers research lab!!

Code Club

code club

Code Club UK is nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.Our aim is to inspire the next generation to get excited about computer science and digital making. Get involved with Code Club today!
- Volunteers - help run a club in your local community.
- Educators - host a club at your school, library or community venue.
- Supporters - donate to help Code Club reach more children across the UK.
Come and meet Tim Wilson, the Regional Coordinator for Code Club and find out more about how you can get involved.

CoventryCAN – Climate Action Network

cov can

Globally over 97% of scientists are agreed that Climate Change is real, happening and extremely likely to be caused by human activity. Come and visit us at CoventryCAN *Climate Change Action Network to learn about the science of Climate Change. We also have information on city wide art and essay writing competitions for school pupils to enter.

Energy GRP

energy GRP

The rise in the global demand for energy requires profound changes in the way in which it is produced and utilised. Such changes are vital if ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are to be achieved. 'Energy' is one of the University of Warwick’s research priorities and we are addressing global challenges through our world-class multi-disciplinary research. Our stand includes some hands on demonstrators of a variety of new and developing energy technologies as well as an overview of current research.

Engineering Society

 Eng Soc

Come along and find out about 3D printing. See a 3D printer in action, try a 3D printing pen and have a go at using 3D CAD software used to produce digital design files for 3D printing.

Engineers Without Borders


Engineers Without Borders Warwick are a student run society for anyone who is interested in International Development and Renewable Technologies. Through engineering solutions we serve the needs of disadvantaged communities all over the world. Our stand will present some of the amazing projects we're running this year on campus.

Also power our bike for your free smoothie!

IGGY iggy  IGGY is the University of Warwick’s free online learning community where bright students from all over the world collaborate, learn and share ideas. IGGY helps members become more effective at schools, provides them with advice on university applications and teaches how to become global citizens. IGGY members get the opportunity to speak to academics, undergraduates, postgraduates and industry experts, and enjoy making friends with other students from all over the world.
Imagineering Foundation imagineering

The Imagineering Foundation is an independent education charity that aims to enthuse and nurture young engineers of the future. Its main activities are after-school Imagineering Clubs for 8-13 year olds, public events, such as the Imagineering Fair, special projects on behalf of engineering companies and in-school challenges demonstrating the applications of technology. At the XMaS Science Gala, the Imagineering display focuses on computer
controllable robotic vehicles and electricity generation from renewable energy.

Innovative Manufacturing GRP innovative_manufacturing_grp.jpg

The Innovative Manufacturing Global Research Priorities core areas of Circular Economy, Agri-Manufacturing, Industrial Biotechnology and Industry 4.0, are all aligned to both national and international priorities for industry and society. This GRP brings together engineers, chemists, physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and life scientists to position Warwick as a global centre of excellence in the multidisciplinary research that underpins these innovative manufacturing priority areas.

Come and visit our area and experience some of our associated initiatives. Sponsoring student interns and projects brings theory to life…..can you make an eco-friendly and cost effective crash structure to protect an egg dropping at high speed??? Think of a driver in a high speed racing car!!

Institute of Digital Healthcare IDH

Discover how the Institute of Digital Healthcare is investigating the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies to help people self-manage their physiotherapy and rehabilitation following injury. On the stand, you can try out our virtual partner concept, who will guide you through a number of physiotherapy exercises.

Institute of Physics  IOP  The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. It is a charitable organization with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

This stand will welcome all age groups and interest levels - from doing fun little experiments to receiving advice on your university or career options. Or maybe you would like to sign up as a member.

Materials GRP

Materials GRP logo The Materials Global Research Priority is an interdisciplinary platform which spans the physical and engineering sciences. Our areas of interest span both the structure and understanding of materials at the atomic or molecular scales, right through to their macroscopic properties and applications. Only by pushing materials research can advanced consumer products become feasible and allow, as yet unimagined, future 'essential' applications to be developed.

Join us on our stand for the chance to build crystal structures out of sweets and look at the workings of an Ipad.

Metaswitch metaswitch

We are recruiting talented, motivated and exceptionally bright Graduates, Post-graduates and Interns, from ALL academic disciplines to work in the following business areas;

Software Engineering – responsible for designing and developing industry-leading, openly programmable solutions that run on standard hardware or in virtualized environments.
Test Engineering – ensures that our products meet our customers’ exacting standards and deliver carrier-grade performance and reliability in even the most challenging conditions.
Customer Support – works closely with our global customer base to help them with design, implementation and troubleshooting of deployments involving a wide range of Metaswitch and partner products.

If you can bring creative solutions to challenging problems, and want to work with colleagues who are among the smartest and brightest in their field, then we want to hear from you. You do not need any prior experience (none whatsoever!).

Physics Society phys soc

Hi there, we are Warwick Physics Society. We are an academic society at Warwick focused on providing a friendly and productive atmosphere for students in the physics department. The physics society runs help and revision sessions as well as organising social events for students. Some of our events this year include bowling, laser quest, frequent talks from leading physicists, a joint spring ball with BioSoc, themed nights out, trips to scientific institutions and much more!

Royal Society of Chemistry  Royal Soc Come and find out where studying chemistry can take you. Discover why your nose is
better at analysing molecules than any machine.
Sarissa Biomedical Sarissa Biomedical

Sarissa Biomedical is a biotech spin out from the University of Warwick. We produce microelectrode biosensors to measure relevant neuroactive chemicals in tissue and blood samples. Visit our stand to see our biosensors in action (unfortunately not in blood . . . in Coca-Cola though!) and learn how we’re using them to revolutionise the rapid diagnosis of stroke.



Biological Modelling: The local Coventry and Warwickshire ScienceGrrl chapter will have a stand with information on their activities.

ScienceGrrl members will be available for question and will give hands on experience on the crystal structure of metals (which you can then eat!).



Stemettes Mission :- To inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology,
Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already
in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring

MakeyMakey - Discover what the Internet of Things is all about. Join us to start transforming fruit into music and find out how you can get involved in STEM!

The Superconductivity and Magnetism Group

maglev train 

The Superconductivity and Magnetism Group here at Warwick has a range of interests that are centred around the properties of superconductors, magnetic materials, oxide materials and metallic systems.

The Superconducting Maglev train demonstrates one application of the amazing materials researched by the group: superconductivity. In this experiment, we cool a piece of material using liquid nitrogen to −196°C so we can unlock it's superconducting powers. When we do this we can make use of a particularly astonishing property of a superconductor, one which will allow our train to levitate!

Technology Volunteers


Technology Volunteers, from the University of Warwick, are demonstrating some fun and interactive resources that they teach in local schools. Do you think you’d be able to beat their ‘Impossible Game’!? How about a game of the arcade classic ‘Pong’ instead? Visit their stand to discover more about Arduino and Scratch.

Warwick Aerospace

warwick rockets

Warwick Aerospace is the interdisciplinary society that's all about space travel. We will be showcasing some of our past projects and works in progress including rockets, a drone and an ornithopter (an aircraft with flapping wings).

Warwick Antimicrobial Interdisciplinary Centre


The tiniest organisms can have the biggest impact. Discover how scientists at Warwick are using bacteriophages -viruses of bacteria- to treat urinary tract infections, with the help of microscopy. Talk to Life Sciences Masters student Stanley Ho about the exciting research he is carrying out in this field.

Without antibiotics, many of the medical treatments we take for granted today could be at risk. Chat with PhD student Chris Thoroughgood to find out more about the increasing problem of Antibiotic Resistance. Discuss the role of science and how Warwick researchers are working towards new solutions.

Warwick Biomedical Engineering Outreach


Warwick Biomedical Engineering Outreach are a multidisciplinary team of 4th year engineering students from the University of Warwick. We bring our enthusiasm for Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) to the development of novel kits designed to encourage the next generation of STEM students. We are exhibiting our mind controlled scalextric, which uses a single channel EEG sensor and an Arduino to control a car with just your thoughts!





Join members of the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB) centre to find out more about synthetic biology and how University of Warwick undergraduate students take part in the annual 'international Genetically Modified Organism' (iGEM) competition.

 Warwick Racing Warwick Racing  Warwick Racing is a project run by students who's aim is to design and build a formula style race car which is then raced at competitions around the world. At the Warwick Racing stand you can find out more about the project and have a go in our racing simulator which is basedaround a formula 3 prototype vehicle.
Warwick Sub Team warwick sub

The WarwickSub project comprises nine students in their third and fourth year of Engineering. Their challenge each year is to design, build and market a human-powered submarine, with the view of competing against other universities on the international stage. In June 2017, the Team will be entering their submarine in the International Submarine Races (ISR).

Attendees will discover the vital concept of ‘neutral buoyancy’. They will start off with a material that sinks and have to make it sit perfectly in a column of water without sinking or surfacing.

WISE Campaign WISE

WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

WISE members inspire girls to choose maths, physics and computing. WISE members attract, retain, develop and progress female talent in their companies. Our mission – gender parity in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering workforce – from classroom to boardroom.