The Purple Zone ran from 1 to 26 February 2021 and was funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC).
The activity featured 24 scientists working across a broad range of fields. Each scientist was either funded by STFC, worked at an STFC facility, or used data from an STFC facility.
24 scientists took part. They included:
- Viviene Dela Cruz, Development Scientist at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory
- Amal Lavender, Head of Department (Chemical & Biological Sciences) at the National Physical Laboratory
- Philip Ratcliffe, Associate Professor of Nuclear and Sub-nuclear Physics at Insubria University
878 students from 27 schools and 1 youth group logged into the Zone.
43% of active students were from target schools: 27% from widening participation schools and 19% from underserved schools.
71 live chats took place. 52 were booked by teachers and 19 were additional chats, open to the students and members of the public.
On average, 4 scientists attended each school chat.