Speakers and workshops

Talks are place in the main Hall, workshops tbc

Philip Britton, MBE, Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division

Philip will open the conference with a welcome speech.

Sam Gregson - The Search for the Higgs

Sam is known as the Bad Boy of Science.  His scientific journey really took off as a particle physicist, science communicator and all round resident anarchist at the University of Cambridge and the Large Hadron Collider Beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN, Switzerland (thesis analysis).

Now he looks to bring the joys of science to everyone: young and old, rich and poor, scientific veteran or beginner…


Laura Waters - Pharmaceutical Science

Laura joined the University of Huddersfield in 2003 as a lecturer in pharmaceutical science and is currently a Principal Enterprise Fellow in the School of Applied Sciences. Laura is heavily involved in the RSC, current treasurer of the local section, a Benevolent Volunteer Visitor, a former member of Council and a current member of the JPAG committee. Laura is also part of an APS focus group, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a National Public Engagement Ambassador (NCCPE) and a STEM ambassador.

Laura has an active research group investigating phenomena at the interface of chemistry and pharmaceutics, developing analytical techniques, characterising chemical interactions and enhancing formulations, all funded through external sources. Her work in the area of public engagement includes public lectures and media presentations and she has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Panel discussion on STEM careers and HE

Each panellist will briefly talk about applying for and studying STEM subjects at university, followed by questions from the audience.



You can sign up to attend a workshop on arrival (max 30 participants)

Sam Illingworth - The Poetry of Science

Sam is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Programme Leader for the MSc in Science Communication. His current research involves looking at ways in which science can be used to empower society and one of the ways in which he does this is through the use of poetry, using this as a creative tool to help engender dialogue between experts and non-experts.

He is also interested in the different ways in which science is perceived in popular culture, and alongside Dr Paul Wake he is the co-director of the Games Research Network.

You can find out more about him, and read some of his poetry, on his website: www.samillingworth.com

Stephen Ashworth - Kitchen Chemistry

Dr Ashworth was awarded both his BA in Chemistry and his DPhil from Oxford University. Later postdoctoral work was with Professor D.J. Nesbitt at JILA and later with Dr K.M. Evenson at NIST, both of which are in Boulder, Colorado. He was then awarded a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship to study femtosecond dynamics at the newly established Max-Born Institute in Berlin.

The award of an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 1996 allowed him to return to England. The first part of the Fellowship was held in the School of Chemistry at Bristol University. Dr Ashworth was appointed to a post at the UEA in 1999 but chose to transfer the remainder of his Advanced Fellowship and became a Lecturer in 2001. He received the UEA Excellence in Teaching award in 2002.

Although his research career has concentrated on high resolution spectroscopy, and spectroscopy applied to atmospheric chemistry, using a number of laser techniques, he is now much more involved with the communication of science. Over the years has won a number of grants for his communication activities. In 2009 he was awarded a CUE East Individual Award for Engagement. He has recently finished a term serving on the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa.