“From start to finish the atmosphere was great with many people on hand to chat … The tour around the facilities was also most informative with some aspects and numbers producing jaw dropping reactions from members of the group.”
- visitor to an Inside Diamond open day, 2018
In July we hosted a new family focused event 'Meet the Scientist', where over 20 Diamond staff and members of our user groups came with a raft of interactive exhibits to showcase their work to a younger audience. Over 600 visitors attended over the day to participate in activities that included levitating trains, lifting weights with vacuums and building viruses as well as taking tours inside the synchrotron building.
“A good way of engaging children and adults in science. My children loved it.”
“Enthusiastic and passionate staff were great at engaging with children and gave a real positive impression about working in a science, in a way my daughters perhaps don’t see anywhere else.”
- visitors to Diamond's 'Meet the Scientist' event, July 2017
We have offered regular schools open days, giving A-level students a general overview of the facility and highlighting career opportunities available to them. There are also dedicated activities for students to experience specialist areas within the facility including biology, computing, engineering and science applications. The Diamond schools work experience program continues to develop taking its third cohort in 2017, offering 28 students an immersive week of project based work in areas across the organisation.
Away from site, Diamond has also been active promoting our work. In September we partnered with Harwell Campus and the Medical Research Council to host a stand at the New Scientist Exhibition at the ExCel Centre in in London, with over 30,000 people attending the four day event. The Bluedot music festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory, where music is combined with a programme of live science and expert talks, provided the opportunity to engage with a different audience. Thousands of festival goers were able to visit our exhibition stand and talk to some of Diamond’s summer placement students.
Diamond continues to work closely with the engagement team at STFC, jointly delivering a series of activities, including the school’s Particle Physics Masterclasses and public Stargazing events which between them welcome over 1,200 visitors to site every year.
Over the past 15 years of operation, Diamond’s staff numbers have continued to grow and so the past year has seen a targeted increase in internal engagement activities. As well as talks and training, an internal science open day took place in November, where 20 beamlines opened their doors and welcomed 160 staff from across the facility to learn more about the operations and science delivered within.