- Professor Andrew Harrison, CEO talking to Alun Ashton of Diamond Light Source
And so a team of public engagement ambassadors travelled to Meifod in mid-Wales to manage a Diamond stand, and meet and greet thousands of people. High-profile visitors to the stand included Prof Julie Williams, the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Welsh Assembly; broadcasters including Adam Walton and BBC Radio Wales’s Science Café
; as well as a range of academics, teachers, farmers, poets, and of course toddlers, each enjoying a variety of activities and discussions with the Diamond team.
The group were also helped out by Andrew Evans, Professor of Materials Physics and currently Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Aberystwyth. Andrew uses Diamond to study the science and applications of carbon-based materials such as diamond, graphene, SiC, organic semiconductors and bio-molecules.
Diamond’s CEO, Andrew Harrison, who also took part in the event, observes: “Judging from the face to face contact during my too brief stay, this was a fantastic event. And from the faces of the volunteers on the Diamond stand, I think it’s safe to say that our ambassadors enjoyed it as much as the visitors!”
So a big ‘Thank You’ to the Eisteddfod Festival and to Wales for having us at this wonderful event. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did!