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Diamond Science & Technology Outreach

img_7818website.jpgThe 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 dst.admin@warwick.ac.uk.

Upcoming Events...

Please also follow us on twitter @DiamondCDT if you would like to hear about our future outreach activities.

Glasgow Science Festival

When: 16th-17th June
Where: Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: As part of the Glasgow Science Festival, the CDT have teamed up with the Strathclyde Student Community for Optics, Physics and Engineering (SCOPE) to but on a display at the Kelvingrove Family Weekend at the Kelvingrove Museum. You can come and learn all about how diamond interacts with light compared to other materials, and what in its structure makes it behave this way.

Beach Lab 2018

When: Saturday 30th June
Where: Aberystwyth Bandstand, Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: The beach lab will return to Aberystwyth bandstand where the Aberystwyth Robotics Club will be showcasing their current projects and a range of interactive entertainment robots. DST students have also been kindly invited to return to put on a stand showing the interesting and unique properties of diamond through several interactive activities.

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Image courtesy of Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Recent Events:

Wed 23 May '18
image Diamonds in Space - British Science Week Fair 2018

Diamonds in Space - British Science Week Fair 2018, Aberystwyth University Kerry Whittlesea

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…

Fri 23 Mar '18
image Super Science Saturday: The Melt

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…

Fri 09 Mar '18
image XMaS Science Gala
University of Warwick
Wednesday 31st January 2018

DST Warwick: Alex Borrill, Phil Diggle, Luke Johnson

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…

image Super Science Saturday: Surprising Science
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Saturday 25th November 2017

DST Oxford: Ella Bentin, Maabur Sow and Shazeaa Ishmael.

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…

Spooky Science Family Fun Day
The Royal Institution
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:

Diamonds are for Everything...

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...

Diamond: more than just a gemstone...

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.

Diamonds are for Sensing...

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...