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So what to do on a grey Saturday morning in South Oxfordshire? Why not visit a particle accellerator! Thank you @DiamondLightSou for a fascinating tour! #ParticlePhysics #XRay pic.twitter.com/Ft9tqtDmgU— Remco Timmermans (@timmermansr) June 8, 2019
Thank you @DiamondLightSou for an enlightening day. Great to see Big Science in action - and so inspiring for our students, the next generation of scientists. #TheFutureIsBright @bgsscience #BGSBeyondTheClassroom pic.twitter.com/h5xSnxQOas— Jaideep Barot (@BGSHeadmaster) June 13, 2019
This month, Diamond hosted two of our popular Open Days, where the facility welcomes interested members of the public and students inside the synchrotron itself to get a glimpse into what it takes to enable world-changing science.
It has been a wonderful and inspiring experience for my daughter, a Year 3 school girl who loves Maths & Science, to observe “what is inside the Diamond Light Source” @DiamondLightSou 🔬and get to know some of her Mum’s work 😊. Linear accelerator is just behind us !! pic.twitter.com/7mqIT44CVx— Tan Sui (@TanSui_Ox) June 12, 2019
The Open Days began with a talk describing the history of Diamond, and some of the amazing science that is done here, from art conservation to particle physics. Tours of the machine followed, where visitors were able to walk inside the storage ring, booster ring, and linac, and concluded with visits to several of our beamlines. Staff from I23, I22, I18, I05 and I09 described the unique science they are able to unlock with their instruments, and fielded questions about their research and careers.
A virtual tour of the linac from a recent Open Day, as captured by Diamond Employee Adrian Johnson
The Open Days also featured a fundraising bake sale from the local 1st Harwell Scouts Group to keep visitors' hunger at bay, and the Diamond careers team, who highlighted some of the exciting career opportunities in engineering, science, and more. “I thoroughly enjoyed my fascinating visit...” concluded one happy visitor.
Interested in visiting Diamond yourself? Our next Public Open Day will take place on Wednesday 21st August 2019. We operate a ballot system for tickets to these popular events to provide a fair allocation of spaces. Be sure to fill in the ballot at this link to be in with your chance to visit, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest Diamond events.
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