HetSys students are actively involved in outreach activities to raise public awareness about
the research taking place within the HetSys CDT.
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Wednesday 5 February 2020
17:00 - 20:30
Science Concourse, University of Warwick
The Science Gala is an evening extravaganza highlighting inspiring careers and exciting science, and it is open to anyone interested in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine). The CDT researchers demonstrated a wide range of activities that support heterogeneous materials research.
HetSys exhibition stand
On Science Gala event, we followed a very scientific approach to show that - believe it or not - computer simulations can help us to bridge the gap between the microscopic structure of molecules and materials and our everyday experience. We showed the influence of material structure on material behaviour, which itself proves why heterogeneity of materials need to be incorporated in the modelling algorithms. We all know about light: sunlight is the cornerstone of life on Earth and artificial light (light bulbs, LEDs...) is essential to our day-to-day lives. Most of us would also know that light interacts with most of the things it shines upon: tan lines or sunsets are classic examples, but scientists can also leverage this light-matter interaction to understand the properties of many different materials, with important applications to renewable energy and structural biology. To show you how it’s done, using a case study we showcased the impact of structure on the colours of different molecules: colour is something that depends on how exactly light interacts with matter, and because of that, if you change structure, you change colour!
Saturday 14 September 2019
University of Warwick
On British Science Festival family day, the HetSys outreach team presented three activities to demonstrate influence of predictive modelling of heterogenous systems on improving life. The event was available for the public to take part in and had a really positive response. It was design for ages 9+ and we showed how the combination of imaging technology and computational simulation enables us to make a sustainable materials design which is a theme of the HetSys CDT. The event was an extremely enjoyable experience for all those involved.