- (L-R): Alice Mather, 8, pours water into one of the volcano experiments watched by her father Prof David Pyle
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Diamond House was filled with displays and researchers talking about how they make use of the powerful light generated by the synchrotron. Scientists use Diamond to study human diseases such as cancer, HIV, polio, and Alzheimer’s, along with those affecting animals such as foot-and-mouth disease. Over 4,000 visitors spent time in Diamond House, learning about this research. They also explored studies on improving wheat to enhance its nutritional value, research into dinosaur bones to uncover how our prehistoric friends lived and died, and investigations into wood from the Mary Rose warship to preserve this historic treasure. An impressive model volcano, complete with regular eruptions, featured outside where researchers explained how the synchrotron helps them to learn more about volcanos so we can better predict when they are going to erupt.
The Harwell campus open week began on Wednesday 8th July with a schools day that saw Diamond welcome 350 school students and HRH the Duke of York who officially opened the proceedings. On the 9th and 10th July, Diamond gave VIPs tours of the facility as part of opening events for the European Space Agency and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space buildings, and the STFC’s VIP day. Jo Johnson, MP Minister for Universities & Science, spoke at the opening ceremony for the new space buildings and was given a tour of Diamond by Andrew Harrison, Diamond’s CEO, prior to this event.