Alliance collaboration invites public into world of science in academia

Posted on 27 June 2011

‘An Academic Day of Science’

What is it that researchers do in Universities and what impact does their scientific work have on the world beyond? ‘An Academic Day of Science’, held at Glyndwr University’s Catrin Finch Centre on Thursday, 14 July 2011, is an event which intends to answer just that.

Organised by the academics of the University of Wales, in a unique collaboration with Glyndwr University, the day will be an opportunity for the general public, students and academic staff to learn more about the universities’ work. The event will also serve to give members of the public a chance to network and exchange ideas with researchers and showcase academic practice.

This is the first time that an academic day has been featured at the Wrexham Science Festival, held annually from 14-22nd July.

The event has been put together by Jacqueline Young and Dr Simon Jones from the University of Wales Faculty’s School of STEM, with support from colleagues of Glyndŵr University - both they and Prof. Simon Haslett, Dean of School of STEM (also University of Wales), will also be giving presentations.

Dr Jones’s presentation will centre on “The Stromboli Volcano: Tourism and Traditions”; Senior Lecturer Jacqueline Young’s lecture will explore the theme of “Extending Longevity: Advances in nutritional science for preventing terminal diseases”, and Dean Prof. Haslett is to deliver a talk on the mystery of “The 1607 Flood: A tsunami in the Bristol Channel?”

The morning Health Sciences Symposium (10.00-13.00) explores contributions from psychology, occupational therapy, public health, nutritional therapy to science, health and well being.

It includes a Keynote Presentation on “What Makes Us Happy?”, by Prof. Christopher Alan Lewis, Dean for the Institute for Health, Medical Sciences and Society, Glyndŵr University, and an exploration of “The Art and Science of Public Health” by Dr Lynne Kennedy, Academic Lead for Health & Medical Sciences and of “Occupational Science: Its link to health and well being” by Helen Carey, Programme Lead for Occupational Therapy, both from Glyndŵr University. There will also be presentation on why we procrastinate, how to extend longevity and online research by University of Wales and Glyndŵr University academic staff.

The afternoon Science and Environment Symposium (14.00-17.00) showcases scientific work in the fields of space technology, geography, environmental science and engineering.

It includes a Keynote Presentation on “Using Space Technology to Monitor Human Impact on the Environment” by Prof. Graeme Wilkinson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Professor of Signal Processing, Glyndŵr University. Also an exploration of Electromagnetic fields by Prof. Peter Excell, Dean of the Institute for Arts, Science and Technology, Glyndŵr University, and presentations on sustainability, biorefineries, tsunamis and volcanoes by researchers from the University of Wales and Glyndŵr University.

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The University of Wales is part of the University of Wales Alliance, which includes; Swansea Metropolitan University; Glyndwr University; University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC); University of Wales Newport and the newly created University of Wales Trinity St David. The University of Wales Alliance works collaboratively to enrich and enhance Higher Education in Wales.

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