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...Science Discovery Day 2018

Friday 16 March 2018


This year’s Science Discovery Day took place on Saturday 10 March as part of British Science Week and it was bigger and better than ever before. More than 80 researchers and students from the University of St Andrews engaged all day long in the school of Physics and Astronomy, sharing their excitement about science with almost 600 visitors of all ages.

This year, visitors had a chance to step inside a massive soap bubble, look into a human body, listen to whales, look at the stars, learn about quantum physics… and engage in many more exciting science activities.

Dr Mhairi Stewart, Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University, said after the event: "A very heartfelt thank you to the hosts of Science Discovery Day in Physics and Astronomy, the volunteers and PE team, and most especially to the researchers and students who delivered events on Saturday.

"I attended this event in the privileged and unusual role (for me) of an audience member, and the number, quality and variety of activities, as well as the skill of those presenting, was extremely impressive. Having seen some of the evaluation feedback I can confidently say this perception was shared by our wider audience and the impact that was made will be felt well beyond this single day of delivery."

Alll visitors on the day were asked to complete evaluation feedback forms, one of the whom showed their appreciation in the form of a poem:

Cooler planets are red,
Hotter ones are blue,
Today was great fun,
So I’d like to thank you.

Thank you all for being part of this year’s event and making it such a great success. We are already looking forward to seeing what Science Discovery Day 2019 will bring.

Pictured in our gallery (clockwise from top left) are:

Public Engagement with Research Team and PE volunteers (left to right) Calum McAndrew, Dr Alina Loth, Haley Arnold and Dr Gustav Meibauer

Dr Ourania Varsou from the School of Medicine demonstrates the live app Virtuali-Tee that shows the human organs

Standing inside a giant soap bubble with the help of Elise Jacob of the School of Physics & Astronomy

Lauren Hockenhull from GeoBus explains how a volcano erupts

Evelyn Sutiono (left) and Alex Gilmore (right) of the School of Biology craft DNA bracelets with visitors