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Event: British Science Week 2021

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British Science Week 2021

5 - 14 March 2021

Join Essex in celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths during the 2021 British Science Week, run by the British Science Association. 


This year’s theme is ‘Innovating for the future’. As the University of Essex is in the Top 20 UK universities for research excellence (REF 2014), we want to share our breakthrough studies and to inspire young bright minds.

We are therefore inviting you and your students to join us to explore 'How STEM research can better our life and environment'. There will be a wide range of pre-recorded webinars delivered by our world-class STEM researchers for you and your students to watch on demand. Please see the programme below.

We will be drawing experts from Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences to show how science is applied in all aspects of our live. From understanding the human body, curing diseases, stopping climate change, inventing cutting edge technology to explore the unknown, we are taking you on a scientific adventure to understand how STEM helps to create a better world.

We welcome requests for bespoke live sessions for school groups. We encourage schools and colleges to get in touch to find out how we can support your STEM provision. In the meantime, please see our carefully prepared online resources to help your students and their university application journey. From personal statement guide, student life talk, student finance talk, to subject tasters, we are here every step of the way.


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School/Dept Title Academic speaker Video link
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Strawberry Picking Robots - Harvesting ‘Fruits’ of Robotic Labour! Dr Vishuu Mohan Watch this talk
Coral reef conservation using 3D technology Dr Jon Chamberlain Watch this talk
Artificial Intelligence applied to Mental and Brain Health Dr Vito De Feo Watch this talk
Mathematical Sciences Understanding the brain: How Maths can help Dr Chris Antonopoulos Watch this talk
Data Science: How does data science affect industries? Is it the next big thing? Dr Stella Hadjiantoni Watch this talk
Health and Social Care Clinical Psychology: using research to innovate women’s experiences of partner imprisonment for a violent crime Clinical Psychology student Watch this talk
Life Sciences Deep Sea - The Real Final Frontier Dr Michelle Taylor Watch this talk
Biotechnology and Climate Change Dr Ulrike Bechtold Watch this talk
Improving photosynthesis to increase crop yields in a changing climate Dr Amanda Cavanagh Watch this talk
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences Human Performance Unit - Sports Science - Real World Application Kelly Murray Watch this talk

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STEM Careers talks

Studying STEM subjects leads directly to a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities. From designing a new software, working as a physiotherapist for an athlete, creating a vaccine to prevent a pandemic, manufacturing a renewable energy car or putting new satellites into space, there are thousands of exciting and well-paid opportunities.

Find out more

Smashing stereotypes in STEM workforce

We are joining the Smashing Stereotypes campaign that was launched by British Science Association to celebrate that diversity as part of British Science Week. It aims to encourage STEM workers to share their stories about what they do in their day-to-day work – to highlight the diversity of the STEM workforce, the broad range of jobs and careers available, and that scientists are just like other people.

Dr Alba Garcia, Dr Aline Villavicencio, Professor Maria Fasli, Research Student Anca Sticlaru and Research Officer Mays Al-Naday explain why they are proud to be part of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Essex.

Meet Philip, our previous Head of Department for the School of Life Sciences, as he chats to Ellie about how he came to get in to science from a working class background in Bolton, how he deals with anxiety, and going down to his local for a pint.

Fun experiments to do at home

The fun doesn’t stop during lockdown. Download British Science Week activity pack (.pdf).