Physics outreach spans the whole range of our research activities from astronomy through materials physics, nanoscience and atomic physics to particle physics.
When and as Covid-19 restriction allow, our outreach takes many forms: from public lectures and in-school activities to workshops and science festivals such as the annual ‘Celebrate Science Festival’ held in Durham and the prestigious ‘Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition’ held in London.
Our school activities involve children from early primary-age up to the sixth form and their teachers.
Our outreach team go into schools and organise a range of practical activities to get children engaged and interested in science
Celebrate Science is an annual three-day science festival organised on Palace Green, open to the public and celebrating Durham University’s latest research with our local community, aimed at 7 to 11 year olds and their families. Each year during the local schools’ October half-term holiday more than 200 staff and student volunteers from departments across the University engage and inspire young people.
A very popular school outreach activity is a visit from our mobile planetarium, which is supported by an enthusiastic team of physics staff and graduate student volunteers. We also support school teachers and their students through activities such as those linked with our Ogden Trust Schools Science Partnerships and through lectures and physics activities developed for the Durham Supported Progression Scheme and the Durham University Sutton Trust Summer Schools.
You can explore outreach areas and participation opportunities with the relevant staff in physics and, within our web pages, you can view the wide range of outreach activities across all the sciences provided by the Science Outreach team at Durham University.
Contact details for the full outreach team can be found here.