Mobile University Programme
Friday 22 September - The Moor
|11.00am - 4.30pm||
DEMONSTRATION: The Wall of Gratitude
|11.00 - 11.20am||
Gnomes on the Railways
Strange indentations are appearing on our railways. They look like they’re made by extremely heavy gnomes sitting down on the tracks. And they cause chaos. Materials engineer Shaun Earl gets to the bottom of it.
|11.30 - 11.50am||
How Similar is Similar?
In an era of automated factories, surely one aircraft wing is the same as another? Not quite. Engineer Stuart Walker uncovers some surprising differences that could affect performance.
|12.00 - 12.20pm||
The Benefits of Gratitude for Health and Wellbeing
Dr Fuschia Sirois presents research that shows how a simple thank you can be good for your health. The benefits include better mental health, better sleep and increased self-esteem.
|12.30 - 12.50pm||
Life After Death: Experiences of Sibling Bereavement
Drawing on interviews with bereaved siblings, social scientist Laura Towers will share people’s stories to explore what life can be like following the death of a brother or sister.
|1.30 - 1.50pm||
Making a Difference: How Community Organisations Benefit From Medical Student Placements
Working with community organisations gives our medical students valuable experience. But what do the organisations get out of it? Joanne Thompson evaluates this important relationship, the work our students do and the difference it makes.
|2.00 - 2.20pm||
Sperm in All Shapes and Sizes
In the race to the egg, not every sperm gets there. Dr Sarah Calvert’s research reveals those most likely to succeed.
|2.30 - 2.50pm||
How Can Magnets Help Treat Tumours?
Dr Priya Patel explains how magnets can be used to make tumour treatment more accurate and more effective.
|3.00 - 3.20pm||
“This is cancer researcher 5. Stay on target.”
Using viruses to kill tumours is one way to attack cancer. But hitting the target can be a challenge. Magnetic resonance targeting can increase accuracy by 800 per cent. Dr Aneurin Kennerley explains how it works.
|3.30 - 3.50pm||
Hyper-Kamiokande: A Big Detector for Big Questions
What happens when stars explode? What is dark matter? Physicist Jost Migenda shows us how a giant detector (Hyper-Kamiokande) buried deep underground is helping to explain the origins of the universe.
|4.00 - 4.20pm||
How Do Supernovae Explode?
We are all made of stardust. Sounds whimsical? It’s science! Every time a star explodes, it generates this mysterious substance that forms the basis of all things – including us. Find out how and why this happens with astrophysicist Héloïse Stevance.