LMB at the Cambridge Science Festival: 19th March.

Cambridge Science Festival 2011On Saturday 19th March 2011, as part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival, LMB scientists are involved in events across Cambridge aimed at promoting science to the general public.

Crystal Clear Exhibit

Crystal Clear is an exhibit run by the LMB’s Samantha Wynne and Harry Powell, showing various types and sizes of crystalline materials, from large potash alum and salt crystals down to tiny protein crystals viewed through microscopes. Included in the display are the winning crystals from the Eastern Region ‘Crystal Growing for Schools’ Competition. There will be demonstrations throughout the day on how to make crystals of potash alum and crystal-growing kits to take home.

The display will also show how LMB scientists use protein crystals and X-ray crystallography to determine the shape of protein molecules in order to try to understand how proteins function. There will be light microscopes to view protein crystals and 3D models of protein structures displayed on computers.

This exhibit is just one of many events at the Department of Chemistry celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.

Venue: Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW.
Opening Times: 10.30am – 5pm.
Entrance: Free, all ages welcome.

For further information about all the events at the Department of Chemistry: http://www.openday.ch.cam.ac.uk/

Can you make a difference?

A Naked Scientist, a professor of pharmacology and a champion of free scientific speech are among speakers talking about how they made a difference in the world, in a ThinkCon event organized by LMB scientist Andrew Holding.

Also speaking are Rhys Morgan and Michael Marshall who used the internet to challenge bogus claims for miracle ‘cures’ and hit the headlines around the world. They share their stories and explain just how easy it is for anybody to make a big impression.

Venue: University Centre, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RU.
Event Time: 5.15pm – 10pm.
Entrance: Age 12+, tickets cost £6

Tickets available from http://thinkoutreach.org

Further references:

Cambridge Science Festival