Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge
In December 2007 three local schools were invited to Lancaster Environment Centre to learn more about the science of climate change.
In conjunction with Setpoint Lancashire's 'Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge' initiative groups of Year 8 pupils from Settlebeck High School (Sedbergh), Wellfield Business and Enterprise College (Leyland), and Queen Elizabeth School (Kirkby Lonsdale) heard talks from leading scientists involved in environmental research, as well getting hands on experience of experimenting on plants and insects. The groups first visited the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), where Rob MacKenzie and Steve Lane from LEC demonstrated how they could assess the quality of water sources by identifying which insects were living in and on the water.
The pupils then moved to LEC's Plant Eco-Physiology Laboratories where Prof. Bill Davies talked them through the mechanisms controlling plant responses to changes in climate.
In the greenhouses and labs they were able to experiment by taking thermal images of healthy and drought stressed plants. Most of the apparatus used by the pupils to determine stress levels are not available in any school laboratory and using this equipment was even a new experience for many of the accompanying science teachers.
Lin Chen and Rosalia Garcia Teijeiro who are both PhD students in the lab then assisted the pupils as they visualised plant stomata under microscopes.
The day ended with the pupils having a thermal image of the entire class taken to display in their classrooms. Each pupil also received a sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) to take away for further study.
Sun 10 February 2008
A Faculty team representing science, technology, engineering and maths took part in EDF Energy's 'Science Day' on Saturday 21st March at Heysham Power Station.
Wed 25 March 2015
Professor Roger Jones has replaced Professor Peter Ratoff as Head of the Physics Department. Roger gained a PhD studying neutrino interactions at CERN and Fermilab before starting his career at CERN working at the Large Electron-Positron (LEP) Collider.
Tue 24 March 2015
As part of British Science week, 170 students from 14 schools across the region came to Lancaster University on Wednesday 18th March to compete in science, technology, engineering and mathematics challenges.
Mon 23 March 2015
Lancaster University’s new flagship Engineering Building will provide a beacon of excellence for research and recruitment for the UK’s buoyant and significant engineering industry.
Mon 23 March 2015