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Ideas Festival 2010

Lancaster University’s Ideas Festival will take place on Thursday 29 April, from 10am to 3.45pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Lancaster Leadership Centre.

Featuring presentations by recently appointed Professors, the Ideas Festival will be a whistle-stop tour of some of the latest ideas and research at Lancaster. It will give an insight into the vision and expertise across the disciplines of arts, the social sciences, science and technology, health, medicine, management and leadership, which has earned Lancaster University an international reputation for research quality. Presenters from the Faculty of Science and Technology are:

All faculty members are invited to attend any or all of the presentations during the day (you may dip in and out of the presentations as you please). The Ideas Festival will also be broadcast live via the web.

For more information and the full programme, please visit

SciTech Graduate School

Research Development Programme

Graduate School courses for next term are now online. These courses are open to all research students and early career contract research staff. Spaces are still available on the following courses:

Check out the Research Development Programme web page for more details of what’s on offer and the training requirements for this year:

Cafe Scientifique

Every third Tuesday of the month The Storey Creative Industries Centre in Lancaster Town Centre runs a discussion group called Cafe Scientifique. They are currently looking for speakers to come and lead a discussion on their scientific research or a scientific topic they are a passionate about. This is a great opportunity to practice communicating your research to non-specialists and to share your work with others. If you are interested in attending or leading a group discussion, please get in touch with Megan O'Hare.

National Science and Engineering Week 2010

Around 275 pupils from local schools took part in a wide range of activities offered by Lancaster University's Science and Technology departments as part of National Science and Engineering Week 2010.

Huge thanks go to all the schools and staff who were involved in the week.

Read the full article
NSE 2010 image gallery
Watch Dr Jim Wild's Electric Earth lecture

News and Events

Conference success for Lancaster statistics students

Congratulations to Rebecca Killick (PhD student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) and Michelle Stanton (PhD student joint between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Division of Medicine) who were awarded prizes at this year's Research Students' Conference in Probability and Statistics. Read more

Space storm studies win prizes for Lancaster scientists

Lancaster University research into the threat to electricity distribution grids posed by solar activity won two prizes at the UK National Astronomy Meeting held at the University of Glasgow between 12-16 April 2010. Read more

Soil erosion - the forgotten player in the global change

Research published in Nature Geoscience claims that we have seriously underestimated the role that soil erosion plays in global change. Read more

Native British Bumblebees now available to UK fruit farmers

Native British bumblebees have been made available to soft fruit growers for the first time thanks to the efforts of a team led by a Lancaster University Professor. Read more

Volcano Experts in the headlines

A Lancaster University PhD student has been giving an eye witness account of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Read more

Lancaster Physicists To Analyse Fresh LHC Data

Lancaster scientists are eagerly awaiting the new data after the Large Hadron Collider smashed its own record for the highest energy particle collider. Read more

Research shows rural exodus threatens the Amazon

The exodus of rural people from the Amazon's rivers could have serious consequences for the future of the forest, according to fresh evidence gathered by environmental scientists. Read more