Harwell Campus, near Didcot in South Oxfordshire, plays a leading role in keeping the UK at the forefront of research. In July 2015, Harwell will welcome visitors to explore behind the scenes, and to see first-hand where some of the world’s most pioneering research takes place, meeting the scientists and technicians who deliver the breakthroughs and discoveries they hear about on the news.
The Harwell Campus hosts a range of world-leading scientific facilities, which will be opening their doors to visitors this July. The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, RAL Space, the Research Complex at Harwell, the Central Laser Facility and Diamond, the UK’s synchrotron light source, are all located on site.
Scientists from across the globe are working at Harwell to find solutions to problems that will benefit health, energy production, the environment, numerous technological and industrial challenges, and help us learn more about the universe and our planet. Experts from these different facilities will be on hand to explain their inspirational work and how it will improve life for current and future generations.
There will be marquees and exhibitions located around the site where visitors can delve deeper into the science and technology carried out at other locations run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – supercomputing, accelerator science, next generation telescopes and biological sciences by the Medical Research Council.
Much of the science carried out at the Harwell Campus utilises light in all its forms and this special event takes place during the International Year of Light, designated by the United Nations to promote awareness of light based science and technology.
The event will begin on Wednesday 8th
July, when over 1,500 schoolchildren will flock to the Campus for a day of activities, tours, workshops and fun with science. There will be exciting and engaging activities designed for the entire range of school-age children. Schools can register their interest here
and booking will open later this month.
On Saturday 11th
July, a further 10,000 members of the public are expected to visit the Campus. This day is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds. From those who are fascinated by space exploration, X-rays and neutrons, CERN and particle physics, supercomputing, and lasers, to those who are just curious to find out more about what goes on inside the Campus; there will be something for everyone. People can register their interest here
and booking will open in April.