The Durrant group is always keen to showcase our research through outreach activities within and outside Imperial college. We are keen to inspire the next generation of scientists and have participated in multiple festivals, including the annual Imperial Festival and exhibitions with the Science Museum. Durrant Group researchers have also been supporters of the Youth and Science program in Spain where we showcased artificial photosynthesis to a group of bright, young students. Group members are actively engaged into advocating clean energy technologies, artificial photosynthesis and spreading the word for sustainable energy techonology to control current climate change and C02 emission. As a group we are committed to outreach and always looking for new opportunities to inspire with our research.
Great Exhibition Road Festival: Explore at Home, Novermber 2021
On 24th November, Louise co-hosted a webinar on green energy as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival: Explore at Home series. It was a Q&A style event aimed at families with primary school-aged children. The event included a green energy quiz and an introduction to the clean energy vehicles activity Louise had previously developed.
Here is the link to the event page which includes the link to watch the event recording:
Here is the link to the activity which has been adapted into an online version for people to download and do at home:
Saturday Science Club at Inventions Rooms, August 2021
Durrant group member Louise developed the clean energy activity from the previous year into an in-person session as part of the new Saturday Science Club series at the Invention Rooms. The format of the series involves the same group of families attending a session every other Saturday over a term, with each session being run by a different Imperial researcher and themed around their own research. The first series ran in the summer term, and the second series took place in the autumn term with a different group of families. The Saturday Science Club has been very popular and is set to continue beyond this academic year.
Here is the link to the news story after the first series in the summer:
Online Earth & Space Quiz, February 2021
The Invention Rooms ran a digital programme during February Half Term, themed around Earth and space. Louise helped design and run a virtual quiz session on this topic, including questions about climate change and energy.
Online outreach activities, 2020
During lockdown in 2020, Louise worked with a colleague on her MRes course to design a worksheet and activity pack with the Invention Rooms. The activity pack was themed around clean energy vehicles, and was sent out to local families in the White City area. In the summer of 2020, Louise participated in some online ‘Meet the Scientist’ sessions around this activity, where children were able to ask questions about climate change, the need for alternative energy sources and what it means to be a researcher.
Joves i Ciència (Youth and Science) program in Spain, July 2019
Researchers from the Durrant group has been involved with the scheme since 2013, offering unique opportunities for Spanish school students to experience projects across different fields and work with researchers. In the programme, the school students will stay in the Pyrenees, will have a placement at local research centres and will be offered a chances of international visits including to our Durrant group at Imperial.
During the artificial photosynthesis project, which is led by our researchers, students learned about semiconductor physics, catalysis and fuel cells. They applied this knowledge to experiments on solar-driven water splitting and dye-sensitised solar cells, in addition to racing their solar powered hydrogen cars.
Few Photos from this programme
The Durrant group and the CPE at the Great Exhibition Road Festival, June 2019
The Durrant group presenting ‘The Solar Generation’ @ Imperial Lates: Wonder Women, March 2019
This after-hours event was open to the public to celebrate the work of scientists and engineers at imperial through exhibitions, demonstrations and activities. The evening event highlighted the inspiring work of women at Imperial to mark International Women’s Week-2019.
Imperial Festival, April 2018
Imperial Festival, May 2017