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DST Outreach

DST Outreach

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 and have engaged 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. If you would like the team to visit your school or exhibit with you, please contact us at

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.


Image courtesy of Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Upcoming Events...

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Newcastle Maker Faire

When: 28th-29th April 2018
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle
Audience: All ages

What’s going on?: Newcastle Maker Faire. The CDT will have a stand at the faire showcasing all the cool stuff you can do with diamond. People will have the opportunity to get involved in some interactive demo’s.

Glasgow Science Festival

When: 15th-16th June 2018
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.

Recent Events:

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 be involved in this series of events a second time, and we really appreciate the warmth shown towards us by the museum staff. Our reputation apparently preceded us, evident from the moment our stall was opened, and our popularity melted the competition.

Image courtesy of Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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 this, but our electrochemistry stand also lit up our visitors faces as we showed how diamond can be modified to become electrically conductive enabling new and updated technologies!

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. Attendees were also encouraged to turn their hand at building a diamond, but without the high temperature and pressure. We were able to explain a surprising amount about the real-life applications of diamond using their models. We were thoroughly impressed by the enthusiasm of the parents and the attention span of the children who spent hours building their own diamond. Some parents took this as an opportunity to meet some real-life scientists, living their best research life, to inspire their children’s careers. The ice slicing was a huge hit with the under-10’s population in the room, and no doubt iced the competition!

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 highest known thermal conductivity (how well the material conducts heat), the diamond soon made short work of melting the ice block! The event was attended by 792 members of the public (401 children and 391 adults) and we found ourselves saying hello to many repeat visitors as they continued to be amazed by just one of the fantastic properties of diamond.

Featured Outreach Events:

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...