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Your World, Your Science

This event takes place on the ground floor and is fully accessible. Over 16s welcome.
Past event - 2018
15 May Doors Open 7PM
Event Runs 7:30PM to 9:30PM
Smoking Billy's, 61 St Mary's Butts,
Reading RG1 2LG
We are all scientists at heart, being curious about what we see and questioning the world around us. Scientists are now harnessing this collective curiosity, and involving the public in research - the time of Citizen Science is now! Come grab a drink, and hear about the wide range of Citizen Science projects happening at the University that you can get involved in. Go on, come join the revolution!

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The talks and speakers at this event tonight form part of the Opening Up Science For All project, based at the University of Reading, which aims to create a vision for Citizen Science and public engagement with environmental research in the UK. Follow the links above to learn more about the project and how to get involved!

A Teacup of Science

What can a tea bag tell you about soil? It turns out quite a lot! Burying a tea bag in the ground can tell us about an important process that takes place in the soil, known as decomposition. It is vital to understand decomposition for two main reasons: 1) it re-releases nutrients that the plant took up from the soil while it was alive; and 2) it also releases carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas. Tea bags are being buried around the world are helping us to find out more about this important process.
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Detecting the cause of Space Weather

Dr Clare Watt (Associate Professor of Space Weather)
Space Weather sounds like a contradiction – space is a vacuum, so how can there be any weather? Space is “almost” a vacuum, and it turns out that the tiny amount of matter that remains is very important indeed, at least for our 21st Century lives. The space surrounding the Earth contains hazardous radiation that can disable satellites, so our increasing use of space for communication, navigation and commerce is vulnerable to space weather. The Sun controls our space weather, and we need help to study images of what the Sun throws at us in order to help predict future space weather disruption.
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Unearthing Forgotten Weather Observations

Professor Ed Hawkins (Professor of Climate Science)
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Thousands of volunteers are helping climate scientists digitise lost historic weather measurements taken over a century ago. These new data are helping build a legacy of environmental information, contributing to new discoveries and unlocking answers to questions about our changing weather and climate. Ed will talk about the Weather Rescue project (weatherrescue.org) and highlight what the volunteers have helped discover!
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