Event Details

Inside Diamond Schools is a series of events aimed at A-level or equivalent students, welcoming them to Diamond to meet our scientists, find out about the exciting work taking place here, and have a tour of the synchrotron itself.

We hope that by visiting Diamond students will learn more about the practical application of their studies and it will stir their interest in science and engineering and perhaps encourage them towards further study.
Diamond is a particle accelerator which uses a beam of electrons travelling at almost the speed of light to create intense, powerful beams of light. We use this light to study the atomic and molecular structure of materials – everything from viral proteins to engine parts and ancient texts – to help scientists understand more about the way the world works.


Further Information

This visit will take approximately 2/2.5 hours and will consist of :
  • An introductory talk
  • A guided tour - including a trip to see inside the synchrotron and our laboratories - please note that extensive walking will be involved;
  • An opportunity to talk to Diamond employees and ask them about their work and the facility;
There are several starting times for the visits:
  • 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2.30pm
Due to the nature of the facility we can only accommodate a limited number of visitors and to ensure that many schools can partake we limit tickets to 20 per booking (please note this number includes students AND staff). When you enquire do mention if you would like to bring more students as it may be possible to increase this number, but this will depend upon the popularity of the event.
  • Due to the size of the facility, during the guided tour there will be extensive walking involved, we advise all visitors to wear comfortable footwear.
  • We have very few restrictions due to health or mobility issues, although we ask you to tell us of any special requirements during registration.

Making a Booking

The event in March is now full.

To go on our reserve list or to register your interest in future events in 2014 please email [email protected] including in your email:

  • Your contact details (email/phone)
  • The name of your school

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