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Inside Diamond - visit to the National Synchrotron

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Inside Diamond - visit to the National Synchrotron 

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Diamond Light Source is the UK’s synchrotron. It works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that scientists can use to study anything from fossils to jet engines to viruses and vaccines.

The machine speeds up electrons to near light speeds so that they give off a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. These bright beams are then directed off into laboratories known as ‘beamlines’. Here, scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. 

We will have a tour of the facility and hear about some of the ways Diamond is helping industry, for example in Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences programmes where fragment-based drug discovery has emerged as a powerful method to discover and develop new drugs, as well as in tackling antibiotic resistance and flu epidemics. Other industries that use the facility include aerospace, automotive, chemicals, electronics, food, engineering and energy.

Alison Roblin, Head of Procurement for Diamond will also speak to us about procurement’s role and challenges in this leading-edge research environment. 

A buffet will be provided.

Please note that extensive walking will be involved.

The cost to attend this event is £15.00 inclusive of vat which will be added at the end of the booking process.  Please note, there is a 2% surcharge for credit card bookings.

Date: Thursday 04 May 2017
Venue: Diamond Light Source Limited
Fee: Members - £12.50 per person

Availability:

6 Places left - Booking ends on Tuesday 02 May 2017

Audience

This event is open to CIPS Fellows only.

Programme

17:00    - Event registration and refreshments
17:30    - Event start
17:30    - Dr David Price, Public Engagement Officer
18:10    - Alison Roblin, Head of Procurement
18:30    - Tour of the Diamond Light Source facility
19:30    - Buffet and networking
20:30    - Event close

Speakers

Dr David Price, Public Engagement Officer, Diamond Light Source Ltd

Summary of presentation:

Dr David Price will talk about the science behind the bright light particle accelerator, and how it is keeping the UK at the forefront of scientific research and industrial applications including in:Biology and medicine: new research techniques will benefit the fight against illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and many cancers.

The physical and chemical sciences: engineers may soon be able to image their structure down to an atomic scale to understand how impurities and defects behave and can be controlled.

Environmental and earth sciences: researchers can identify organisms that target specific types of contaminant in the environment, potentially leading to identifying cheap and effective ways of cleaning polluted land.

Biography of speaker:
David has been working in the field of science for nearly 20 years and in science communication for over 10. He has a Phd in Nuclear Physics and a PGCE in secondary science (teacher training) and has found himself in a career that mixes these two fields. Previously he has worked at Thinktank science museum in Birmingham and was Events and Outreach manager for Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire. Currently he runs his own science communication company, Unravelling Science and as well as continuing to work for Diamond he also runs science workshops in schools and runs training courses at Universities.

 

Alison Roblin, Head of Procurement for Diamond will also speak to us about procurement’s role and challenges in this leading-edge research environment. 

Fee

The cost to attend this event is £15.00 inclusive of vat.

Please note, there is a 2% surcharge for credit card bookings. 

Venue

Diamond Light Source Ltd
Diamond House
Harwell Science & Innovation Campus
Didcot
Oxfordshire
OX11 0DE

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http://www.diamond.ac.uk/Home/Directions.html

Please note: Some Satnav users may find that using the postcode above directs them to Didcot town centre. If your SatNav directions do not agree with the maps above you may wish to use this alternative postcode: OX11 0QX.

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