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HetSys Outreach

HetSys students are actively involved in outreach activities to raise public awareness about the research taking place within the HetSys CDT.


Call for HetSys Outreach Award

HetSys management committee invites applicant from HetSys first PhD cohort to apply for the HetSys Outreach Award. This award is to honour researchers who inform, enthuse and engage the public with the research in the field of “heterogeneous materials and computer simulations”. Applicants should write a statement of maximum 600 words to explain how they contributed to developing and delivery of the Hetsys Outreach activities. They also should indicate how contributions in the activities helped them in developing skills and shaping their research activities.

The statements should be sent to by Monday 14th December 2020.

Multiscale Musings Podcast

Listen to our new podcast about multi-scale modelling of heterogeneous systems. Created by HetSys CDT PhD students.

Download the first episode here: @MultiscaleMuse

Past events

Science Gala 2020

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!



British Science Festival Family Day

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.

BSS family day

BSS family day