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Southampton researchers on the road again

Published: 4 December 2013
PVC Alex Neill celebrates roadshow

A summer of exciting events that brought world leading research at the University of Southampton to thousands of people across the south of England has been celebrated by students and staff. During the 2013 roadshow tour an estimated 10,000 people tried their hand at the interactive exhibits to understand new concepts. This was the fourth season of the ‘Bringing research to life’ roadshow.

In all, the roadshow featured nine exhibits illustrating work in areas ranging from chemistry and the biological sciences, physics and engineering to the social, human and mathematical sciences.  Enthusiastic researchers and students showcased the research to school children and curious members of the public. Venues included the Cheltenham and Winchester Science Festivals, Bestival on the Isle of Wight and the University’s own Science and Engineering Festival. New events for 2014 are expected to be the Big Bang at the NEC in Birmingham and the Natural History Museum during Universities Week, and possibly even the Glastonbury Festival.

Awards were handed out at a celebration meeting to the hardworking team who amazed and enthralled audiences throughout the summer. They included Dhivya Puri and Hannah Morton, both from FEE (best research communicators), Ben Littlefield, ex-FPSE, now at the University of Reading(wow factor award) and Laura Clements, Gaia Andreoletti and Reuben Pengelly of the Wellcome Trust CRF DNA research team (for innovation and development). Group awards were presented to the Catalysis team in Chemistry, the Transportation Research Group from FEE and the Centre for Population Change. Judith Wardlaw from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester was named best host.

Follow the roadshow on Twitter @UoS_Roadshow.

The roadshow has gone from strength to strength and we are looking forward to our 5th season in 2014. It is a unique way for academic researchers to spread the word about their work and for students to develop their communication skills.

Dr Steve Dorney - Roadshow Coordinator

It’s great to get the chance to enthuse everyone from little kids to retired people about what we do at Southampton.

Hannah Morton - Engineering PhD student - one of the 2013 team
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