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Space Zone Report – June 2019

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The Space Zone was a themed zone for primary schools supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and NCOP schools. It featured six scientists:

  • Nicolas Bonne studies galaxies and finds ways to allow people with sight problems to learn about space.
  • Laurence Datrier is researching ways to find out when neutron stars collide.
  • Emma Davies studies massive explosions from the Sun that can hit Earth.
  • Declan Jonckers organises the design and manufacture of Multi-Layer Insulations, a ‘space blanket’ which helps to keep a spacecraft’s temperature at the right level.
  • Bella Boulderstone, the winner in the Space Zone, tries to find the size of structures around supermassive black holes using dust as a space radar.
  • Ali Hussain develops instruments to generate light to interact with matter in space and show its properties.
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Plants Zone Report – June 2019

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The Plants Zone was a themed zone for primary schools zone supported by Wellcome. It featured six scientists:

  • Shannah Gates is a PhD student growing root cultures to be used in medicinal compounds.
  • Richard Gammons is researching how to use plants as chemicals to make fuels.
  • Matthew Alkan is investigating whether driving cars is changing the smells of plants, affecting bees that use a plant’s scent to find and pollinate it.
  • John Paterson is trying to understand how pollinators, like bees and hoverflies, know when the seasons are changing and why this is important for flowers and crops.
  • Emma Markham works at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funding research which helps people and the planet.
  • Anna Gardner, the winning scientist, is a researcher of trees, studying how climate change might change oak leaves in the future.
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Particles Zone Report – June 2019

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The Particles Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and NCOP schools. It featured six scientists:

  • Savannah Clawson, the winner of this zone, studies what happens when we smash particles of light together, using the ATLAS detector and LHC at CERN.
  • Philippe Gambron uses computers to work out what happened during the first moments of the Universe.
  • Lucy Budge is researching what happens when particles are smashed into each other at very high speeds.
  • Joanna Huang is a PhD student learning about particles and the fundamental laws of the universe.
  • Harrison Prosper tries to make sense of nature by colliding protons at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Edoardo Vescovi is a theoretical physicst developing mathmatical models to measure the forces between particles.
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Mental Health Zone Report – June 2019

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The Mental Health Zone was a themed zone supported by The British Psychological Society with six psychologists:

  • Rob Dempsey, the winner of this zone, is researching how our perceptions of our social environment impact our mental and physical health.
  • Olly Clabburn is looking at stress for social workers and ways that it might be reduced.
  • Nicola Johnstone designs research studies to understand how emotions develop as people grow up.
  • Jasmin Moon supports adults whose job is causing a mental health problem or making their mental health worse.
  • Dennis Relojo-Howell runs a mental health blog, website and open access journal to address the stigma around mental health.
  • Caroline Brett is interested in what influences how we rate our wellbeing, whether it be our personal characteristics or our circumstances.
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Influence Zone Report – June 2019

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The Influence Zone was a themed zone supported by The British Psychological Society and included six psychologists:

  • Laura Fisk is a clinical psychologist at a GP surgery helping people with their mental health problems.
  • Kathryn Atherton uses research on human behaviour to come up with solutions to problems in society.
  • Ian Cookson’s research looks at how we can understand transport choices, particularly cycling, using the social identity approach.
  • Chris Fullwood is studying how people communicate and manage impressions in the online world.
  • Bogdana Huma teaches social psychology, with a focus on social influence and persuasion in real-life sales encounters.
  • Alex Lloyd, the winning psychologist, is trying to answer questions about when and why teenagers take risks.
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Hassium Zone Report – June 2019

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The Hassium Zone was a general zone supported by Wellcome and featured six scientists:

  • Helen Faulkner tests drugs to be sure that they are safe for patients to take.
  • Farah Elahi is completing a PhD looking at how virtual reality can improve young people’s mental health.
  • Dave Underhill, the winner of this zone, is an archaeologist who runs projects aimed at increasing public understanding of mining and quarrying industries.
  • Cheryl Williams analyses specimens from patients to help doctors with diagnosis.
  • Bastian Saputra is researching how to modify bacteria to make them glow in the presence of soil pollution.
  • Alun Owen is an Environmental Chemistry Technician who also teaches chemistry at university.
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Bohrium Zone Report – June 2019

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The Bohrium Zone was a general zone supported by Wellcome. It featured six scientists:

  • Rob Ives, winner of the zone, is an in-vivo scientist creating better tasting medicines for children.
  • Imad Ouachan is developing new materials to protect offshore wind turbines blades from impacts.
  • Fern Johnson is a trainee clinical scientist in bioinformatics, working in the genetics department of a hospital.
  • Christian Gude makes plastics from waste gases using genetically engineered bacteria.
  • Carol Wallace is a research technician working in an immunology lab that specialises in fungal disease.
  • A sixth scientist unfortunately had to drop out at short notice.
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Water Zone Report – March 2019

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The Water Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Silvia Imberti, who use neutrons to look at hydrogen bonds in liquids.
  • Scott Graham, who is currently working as a microbiologist in an animal disease laboratory following a role with Scottish Water.
  • Oliver Andrews, a lecturer who uses computers to investigate how global warming changes the oceans and marine life.
  • Natalie Lamb, a PhD scientist researching how to treat drinking water better.
  • Michelle Valkanas, who studies bioremediation and how can we use biological organisms to clean up the environment.
  • Lowri Evans, the winner of the zone, is a marine biologist interested in fisheries and Marine Protected Areas.
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Time Zone Report – March 2019

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The Time Zone was a themed physics zone supported by the Institute of Physics. In the zone were:

  • Zoe Wimshurst, the zone winner, who works with athletes to help them improve their vision, see things more quickly and increase the amount of time they have to make a decision based on their sight.
  • Hamid Ohadi, an experimental physicist who works with mirrors and lasers to test new theories.
  • Kai Guo, who works with satellites to find the position of objects on the ground.
  • Claire Greenwell, a PhD student researching super massive black holes.
  • Jose Eliel Camargo Molina, who tests different particle theories and how they link to the collapse of the universe.
  • Hannah Collingwood, who works on time issues in various large projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.
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Seaborgium Zone Report – March 2019

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The Seaborgium Zone was a general science zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Verity Fryer, a clinical scientist who analyses DNA in a hospital.
  • Sergio Adan Bermudez, a PhD student who uses lasers to research potential cancer cures.
  • Nick Werren, an STFC-funded PhD student and the winner of this zone, is a physicist who specialises in quantum biology.
  • Maria Walach, a physicist who studies the Earth’s magnetic field.
  • David Whitworth, an STFC-funded PhD student who studies dwarf galaxies.
  • Annette Raffan, a research technician who studies soil around plant roots and used Diamond Light Source for research.
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Rutherfordium Zone Report – March 2019

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The Rutherfordium Zone was a general science zone for primary schools, supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Russell Arnott, the zone winner, who researches how the shape of plankton helps them survive in different environments.
  • Kathryn Boast, a Quantum Materials Outreach Officer who finds easy and fun ways to present research on different quantum materials to the public, much of which is done at Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron and Muon source.
  • Jose Martinez-Gonzalez, scientist at the ISIS Neutron and Muon source who studies how water ‘dances’ on different surfaces.
  • Gabriel Gallardo, who works with the Large Hadron Collider to figure out what the universe is made of.
  • Affelia Wibisono, an STFC-funded PhD student investigating Jupiter’s x-ray northern and southern lights.
  • Adelie Gorce, an STFC-funded PhD student who uses massive telescopes to look for the birth of the universe and the very first stars.
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Relationships Zone Report – March 2019

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The Relationships Zone was a themed psychology zone supported by The British Psychological Society. In the zone were six psychologists:

  • Sally Tilt, a forensic psychologist who works with inmates in prison.
  • Lucy Maddox, a clinical psychologist and author with an interest in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
  • Louise Rodgers, who works with young people in education and trains teachers.
  • James Munro, the winner of the Relationships Zone, is a psychology technician who wants to find out how the human brain works using magnets.
  • David Chadwick, a computer scientist looking at online security and relationships.
  • Dan Taylor, a PhD student who carries out research looking at sexuality.
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Perception Zone Report – March 2019

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The Perception Zone was a themed zone for sixth form students, supported by the British Psychological Society. There were six psychologists in the zone:

  • Vassilis Sideropoulos, the zone winner, is a laboratory technician looking at how the brain saves information and solves problems.
  • Tirso Gonzalez Alam uses MRI machines to scan the brain and work out which parts are responsible for which actions.
  • Matthew Longo is a professor of cognitive neuroscience who is studying how we perceive and experience our body.
  • Jane Aspell is a senior lecturer in cognitive neuroscience who looks at how the brain experiences body illusions.
  • Dawn Rose researches the link being music and wellbeing, particularly in people with Parkinson’s.
  • Alexandra Quigley is a psychologist for the NHS helping people who are experiencing pain.
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Organs Zone Report – March 2019

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The Organs Zone was a themed zone for primary schools, supported by Wellcome. There were six scientists taking part in the zone:

  • Rebecca Gosling is a heart doctor trying to prevent heart attacks with computer programs.
  • Raashid Ali is a clinical scientist who works with doctors and nurses to support patients’ organs.
  • Matthew Smith, the winner of the Organs Zone, is a cancer researcher trying to understand the disease of pancreatic cancer.
  • Marie Cameron is a Lecturer, biomedical scientist and health service researcher.
  • Hanna Jeffery is a clinical scientist at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
  • Gareth Nye is a scientist understanding problems during pregnancy.
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Nuclear Zone Report – March 2019

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The Nuclear Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Sophia Pells, the zone winner, is a nuclear physics PhD student, looking at how we can produce radioactive atoms for treating and imaging cancer, using data from CERN.
  • Sarah O’Sullivan, a PhD student trying to make new uranium compounds by heating existing ones.
  • Meirin Oan Evans, PhD Student funded by STFC who uses data from a detector to find out what happens when high energy particles are smashed together.
  • George Fulton, a scientist at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, who tests materials under the extreme conditions in a nuclear fusion reactor.
  • Emily Lewis, an STFC computer scientist at Harwell who makes models of different nuclear reactor designs to find out how they behave.
  • Andy Buckley who researches particle physics and predicts the outcomes of colliding super-high-energy protons together in the Large Hadron Collider.
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Nobelium Zone Report – March 2019

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The Nobelium Zone was a general science zone supported by Wellcome. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Rosemary Josekutty Thomas, a PhD computer scientist researching how to change people’s behaviour using messages
  • Oliver Gordon, the zone winner, who is doing a PhD in AI/Nanoscience at The University of Nottingham
  • Leigh Kesler, who uses a particle accelerator to imitate the damage in fission and fusion reactors
  • Jordan Kirby, a teaching and research technician at the University of Reading
  • Hannah Dennett, a consultant who assesses the impact that developments, such as new houses or roads, have on air quality
  • David Sünderhauf, a PhD student using CRISPR biotechnology to combat antibiotic resistance
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Lawrencium Zone Report – March 2019

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The Lawrencium Zone was a general science zone supported by Wellcome. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Srinath Kasturirangan, a genetic engineer who builds Frankenstein molecules in an attempt to cure cancer.
  • Natasha Dowey, a volcanologist and geoscientist who uses knowledge of tectonic plates to understand where oil and gas can be found.
  • Nana Odom, a clinical engineer who works as a healthcare scientist in a hospital.
  • Marialuisa Crosatti, a microbiologist working as a technician in a university.
  • Gautam Kambhampati, a PhD student interested in using lasers to build a quantum computer.
  • Alexander Allen, the winner of the Lawrencium Zone, is a PhD student interested in nanoscience.
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Imaging Zone Report – March 2019

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The Imaging Zone was a themed zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. There were six scientists in the zone:

  • Sonal Bhadane, a clinical expert in a company that makes radiation therapy machines and that works with STFC.
  • Zone winner Rosanna Tilbrook is an STFC-funded PhD student at the University of Leicester and is looking for new planets in the Next Generation Transit Survey.
  • Matthew Selwood, who is studying for an STFC-funded PhD making a new camera that can see through walls, detect contraband and see inside nuclear explosions.
  • Marleen Wilde, a medical technical assistant and part time PhD student at the University of Reading who does experiments at STFC facilities.
  • Dan Porter, who works at Diamond Light Source as a beamline scientist.
  • Atreya Acharyya, who uses data from NASA satellites to make predictions for new telescopes funded by STFC in Chile.
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Dubnium Zone Report – March 2019

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The Dubnium Zone was a general science zone supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council. In the zone were six scientists:

  • Tori Blakeman, who informs the public about the science innovation happening at STFC.
  • itus Mutwiri, who teaches at the Kenya Methodist University and does research for the International Livestock Research Institute.
  • Stuart Higgins, the zone winner and whose research group uses Diamond Light Source, is trying to understand how stem cells ‘feel’ and how those cells change.
  • Hannah Dalgleish, who studies star clusters to gain clues about how the galaxy formed and how stars evolve and whose research institute is funded by STFC.
  • Gill Harrison, who teaches obstetrics, abdominal and gynaecology ultrasound.
  • Alessandro Novellino, who works at the British Geological Survey.
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Molecule Zone Report – March 2019

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The Molecule Zone was a themed zone for Scottish schools, supported by ScotCHEM and with chemists based at universities in Scotland.

  • Sylvia Soldatou works on marine organisms to discover new antibiotics at University of Aberdeen.
  • Sumit Konar creates new crystals and molecules and solves their structures at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Martin McCoustra, the winner of the zone, is an astrochemist at Heriot-Watt University who studies how chemistry controls the evolution of the universe.
  • Kate McGonagle at the University of Dundee creates molecules that can kill parasites.
  • Bryony Hockin, a PhD student at University of St Andrews, studies chemical reactions powered by sunlight.
  • Aryanne Finnie, a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, makes gold nanoparticles for bacteria-finding sensors.
  • Andrew Jamieson, from the University of Glasgow, was due to take part in the zone but unfortunately had to withdraw from taking place before the start of the event.
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