The Diamond CDT team brings together students and academics from across the UK to showcase the wonders of diamond science and technology in a variety of different scientific applications. We are engage in wide ranging outreach activities from visiting schools to taking part in national events such as the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, Royal Institute Science Days, UK Science Festivals.
Through our outreach events we hope to inspire more people to become interested in science and nurture the fascination in the younger generation with the hope that one day they may wish to pursue a career in the sciences.
If you would like the team to visit your school or exhibit with you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow us on twitter @DiamondCDT if you would like to hear about our future outreach activities.
Image courtesy of Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
On the 25th August, CDT DST students and staff participated in the Science + Industry Museum ‘Platform for Investigation’ day. These special exhibits days which are held one Saturday a month, invite pioneering scientists studying cutting-edge research to showcase their work.
DST CDT and Aberystwyth University Physics Department at Green Man Festival
Diamonds at the Glasgow Science Festival - by Lukasz Dziechciarczyk
On 16 - 17th June a group of students from the University of Strathclyde participated in Glasgow Science Festival. Every year kids and adults gather around stands, made by young researchers to learn about a variety of topics. The DST team gave them the opportunity to build a huge diamond model made of rubber balls and sticks (representing carbon atoms and bonds) between them. Kids loved the idea of building something from scratch and left us with a complete diamond model many t…
As part of British Science Week 2018, Aberystwyth University hosted a 3-day event where students from across county Ceredigion from years 3 to 7 were invited to come along to see what exciting science and research is being conducted at the University and its partners.
Students of the CDT partnered up with students from Aberystwyth University to put on a ‘Diamonds in Space’ stand to highlight diamond research being conducted by the CDT, and diamond scien…
On Saturday 10th March, Guy (DST CDT, Warwick) joined the Oxford CDT students for a reprise of our highly successful stall at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Super Science Saturday. The theme of the day was ‘People and Planet’. The ‘people’ proved too much for our beloved magnetometer demo; and the ‘planet’ will hopefully benefit from an increased number of people enjoying and understanding science. People were impressed and surprised by the extreme properties of this crazy crystalline product of the planet. We are honoured to b…
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Warwick’s annual XMaS Science Gala is put on to showcase all the exciting science that happens at the University of Warwick, and the DST CDT was lucky enough to grab a spot amongst all the other amazing science! Held on the evening of Wednesday 31 January 2018, the event saw 750 participants. On our stand we took the ever popular ice melting demo, which never fails to impress everyone who feels the immediate effect diamond can have. Not only t…
Saturday 25th November 2017
On Saturday 25th November the Diamond CDT students at Oxford took part in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History Super Science Saturday. They brought the heat of thermal conductivity to the public on a chilly autumn day. The theme for the event was “Surprising Science”, and people were shocked to experience the high thermal conductivity of diamond as it sliced through the solid block of ice like butter. Atten…
Saturday 28th October 2017
DST Warwick: Phil Diggle
WEIG: Zoe Ayres
The Diamond Science and Technology CDT were invited to take part in the Spooky Science Family Fun Day held at The Royal Institution on Saturday 28 October 2017. With the theme on “Spooky” science, we took the chance to show off our ice melting demo. Many visitors were invited to try and melt our big block of ice with a variety of materials, such as wood, plastic and aluminium all of which didn’t really make an impact on the ice. Since diamond has the highe…
Featured Outreach Events:
University of Warwick, 10th July 2017
The DST team invited the audience to discover the amazing properties of diamond and where we can use this wonder material in exciting new technologies...
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, July 2016
We were delighted to participate in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2016. Our exhibit gave the public a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating properties of diamond, as well as its diverse scientific applications.
Science Museum, 24th June 2015
The Diamond Science and Technology CDT team and Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces group took part in "Lates: the next big thing" at the Science Museum in London. We invited the public to discover why diamond is not just a gemstone...