Celebrate British Science Week with a series of events from across STEM at Kent

Join us for a series of events with staff across our newly formed Divisions of Natural Sciences (NATS) and Computing, Engineering and Maths (CEMS) showcasing our innovative research and outlining our visions for innovating for the future in the STEM subjects.

This year’s British Science Week – an annual ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths – takes place between 5-14 March 2021. The theme for 2021 is “innovating for the future” and here at Kent, we will be celebrating this with a series of events, open to all, looking at how the ground-breaking research being carried out at the University is shaping the future, but also asking our academics about their vision for the future. Over the course of the 10 days, we will be holding a series of short online lectures, as well as a wider panel discussion about the future landscape for research and STEM.

We will also be showcasing the work of our postgraduate students – the future of research – through short animated videos that they have created. These short clips will be entered into a competition where we will award three students for their innovation and communication skills – so please share your thoughts and feedback on these.

Lecture Series

Over the course of British Science Week, we are delivering a series of short lectures from STEM academics at Kent, looking at how their research is shaping the future, and what their vision is for the future. The talks will cover a range of STEM subjects and are open to all.

The events will take place on the following dates and times – book your place now.

Monday 8 March

16:00 – 17:00 Dr Jason Nurse – Innovating for the Future at Kent: The Fight against Online Misinformation and Fake News

17:00 – 18:00  Dr Mike Hughes – Innovating for the Future at Kent: How to shrink your microscope

Tuesday 9 March

16:00 – 17:00  Professor John Dickinson– Innovating for the Future at Kent: Taking a breath to find a pattern for health and performance

17:00 – 18:00  Professor Peter Clarkson – Innovating for the Future at Kent: Solitons, Rogue waves and Tsunamis

Thursday 11 March

17:00 – 18:00  Dr Maria Alfredsson – Innovating for the Future at Kent: Printing flexible batteries for sensors

Friday 12 March

16:00 – 17:00 Dr Marina Ezcurra – Innovating for the Future at Kent: Using gut bacteria to develop new health solutions

17:00 – 18:00  Dr Robert Horne – Innovating for the Future at Kent: Can we really get Green Electronics?

Panel event

As well as the individual lectures all academics will join us on between 16:00-17:00 on Wednesday 10 March for a panel event. This event will see each academic give a short overview of their research, and how they are innovating for the future, followed by a panel discussion.

Postgraduate Research Videos

We will be sharing these on our social media channels over the coming weeks, with a view to awarding prizes in April. Please engage with us on social media by liking or commenting on the videos.

The Other Side of STEM

Alongside our events, our student-led societies have been busy collaborating to bring The Other Side of STEM; a campaign to highlight the many different talents and hobbies for anyone working or studying in STEM fields. The societies coming together include BioSoc, ChemSoc, Kent Maths, Women in STEM and the Kent Marketing Society.

In celebration of the diverse interests STEM students have, they are holding an event from 5 March to coincide with British Science Week. Join the conversation and share your talents or hobbies, from music and art, to sports and gaming, just include #TheOtherSideOfSTEM to get involved.