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University celebrates National Chemistry Week

06 Tachwedd 2007

The University will celebrate National Chemistry Week (3-11 November) with an 'explosive' series of events designed to encourage school children to engage with the subject.

Pupils from across Wales will attend a programme of interactive lectures and demonstrations during the week organised by the School of Chemistry.

Based on this years’ theme which is travel, the first lecture takes place Tuesday 6 November and will focus on the ways in which chemistry can address the growing shortage of fossil fuels in the world, and how scientists are at the forefront of devising new ‘green’ fuels aimed at solving the problem of ‘the greenhouse effect’.

Innovation and Engagement co-ordinator at the School of Chemistry, Peter Hollamby, said: "As the theme for National Chemistry Week is travel, we’re going to take the audience on a spectacular ‘chemical journey’. In the first lecture, Professor Peter Edwards from the School will demonstrate a number of chemical reactions which generate heat, colour, light and sound. People should be prepared for some flashes, bangs and a few surprises as we demonstrate the theme of ‘travel’ and explore the different ways that you can get from A to B."

Further events are planned for later in the week, including an innovative lecture called ‘Light Fantastic’ which has been organised in conjunction with Techniquest and Swansea University and is aimed at encouraging school pupils to consider chemistry as a future career.

"The School of Chemistry is keen to use National Chemistry Week as an opportunity to engage with schools and support students knowledge and understanding of Chemistry", said Peter Hollamby. "The principles and subjects that we’ll be covering in some of the events can all be found in the AS and A Level syllabus".

National Chemistry Week is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and takes place every two years.