Diamond Annual Review 2019/20
112 113 D I A M O N D L I G H T S O U R C E A N N U A L R E V I E W 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 D I A M O N D L I G H T S O U R C E A N N U A L R E V I E W 2 0 1 9 / 2 0 Engagingwith Diamond Light Source Communications and EngagementTeam D iamond continues to commit to engage with a diverse range of audiences, connecting people with the wide range of science and engineering that we undertake. Over the past year, we have developed new audience bases while maintaining our commitment to work with, train, and learn frommembers of our user community and the wider public. In total over the past year, Diamond has welcomed 5,038 visitors to the facility, including: 1,284 for scientific and technical events, 947 undergraduate and postgraduate visitors, 2,242 school students and members of the public, and 565 VIPs and Stakeholders. This year, Diamond has increased its support for encouraging younger schools’ audiences and has partnered with Science Oxford to support the delivery of their Big Science event, which works with over 80 primary schools. We have also worked on new ways to promote careers in STEM; two of our scientists have been awarded a grant to produce a Diamond boardgame to help in schools, and at a university level we have worked with the Open University careers department to develop an interactive Diamond visit event. My highlight of the finals day itself was when one of my children came outside for lunch and said: I want to be a scientist now! - Chesterton CE Primary School StaffMember, 2019 Towards the end of the year the outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic affected onsite activities, but we reacted swiftly by producing more remote resources for schools, users and the general public. Diamond continues to run a core program of public engagement activities, which prove increasingly popular. The majority of our interactions are onsite, at one of our regular Inside Diamond public open days or community group visits. But we also attend many external events to reach a wider range of audiences. This year we attended, for example, the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival, Big Bang South East, Wantage Museum and we partnered with our student engagement team and The Rosalind Franklin Institute to engage with participants of the Bluedot festival. The day exceeded what we were expecting. The level of interaction was fantastic and was great for my children and the facility itself really took my children’s breath away and they haven’t stopped talking about it. - visitor to Inside Diamond open day, November 2019 Our school/college level core events continue to offer students the chance to partake in specific tailored event days, such as particle physics, engineering, and a girls-only science day, as well as more general open day events. Many of these are partnered with our engagement colleagues at STFC and across site, which helps offer students a broader experience. Our school level work experience program ran again and took the largest cohort so far, offering 28 students the chance to come to Diamond for a week and partake in a range of talks, activities and a central project. All our activities are supported by staff across the organisation. my project was really well run and the staffwere friendly and supportive throughout, it was an amazing experience and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to be involved. - School work experience student Higher Education engagement As part of the organisation's vision, to continuously plan for Diamond’s technical and scientific future, the training of students through our Undergraduate placements and PhD programme continues to be one of the core engagement activities. Diamond offers students a range of opportunities to engage with and learn from world leading staff and resources, developing and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. In autumn 2019 we welcomed 14 new PhD students, co-funded with 10 different universities and world leading research facilities. This brings the total number of ongoing Diamond PhD studentships to 73. There were 66 submissions to the 2020 Diamond Doctoral Studentship call for proposals and proposals were received from 26 different institutions. Following the internal review process, we will be welcoming 32 students in October 2020. All PhD students linked with Diamond have an annual reviewwith the student engagement team, these have proved to be valuable interaction points and the benefits of being linked with Diamond was mentioned by many students. The Diamond undergraduate placement scheme welcomed 30 new students in June 2019. The projects ranged from scientific software and computing projects, life and physical science projects to a scientific communications project. There were 15 12-week summer placements who finished their placements in September 2019 and 10 12-month year in industry projects which are still ongoing. As well as the main student projects, Diamond also provides undergraduate students with training on presentation skills, media and public engagement. The demand for student visits remains high and Diamond supported 35 visits from undergraduate and postgraduate groups, offering a range of access, talks and training. The tour was a great and a rare opportunity to see some science done and explained in a great way –and for the academics on the trip, was an excellent opportunity to think about research ideas. - Research FellowvisitingwithMaster’s students group fromthe University of Southampton, February 2020 Scientific workshops and conferences Diamond organises a broad portfolio of scientific and technical workshops, training courses and conferences tailored towards the needs of our staff and user community, with whom we continue to train, inform and learn from. In July 2019, Diamond became the first UK hosts of the biennial 8 th International Workshop on Strong Correlations and Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (CORPES), held at Worcester College in the city of Oxford. Taking place over five days, we welcomed international experimentalists and theorists working in the broad areas of many-body electronic structure theory and angle-resolved photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) to meet and collaborate. Date Event Participants 15 - 18 April 2019 CCP-EM IcknieldWorkshop 35 2 - 3 May 2019 BPM Button Design and Manufacturing Workshop 40 8 May 2019 Collaborative Network for X-ray Spec- troscopy (CONEXS) Kick-off Meeting 50 13 - 14 May 2019 WellcomeTrust SuRVoS/Zooniverse Workshop and Board Meeting 27 16 May 2019 Diamond Scientific Software, Controls and Computation (SSCC) Away Day 150 21 May 2019 Nexus Implementation Workshop 25 4 - 7 June 2019 Small Angle Scattering (SAS)Training School and S4SAS Conference 100 10 - 19 June 2019 EMBO Practical Course - HighThrough- put Protein Production & Crystallization 60 27 - 28 June 2019 Super Resolution Imaging Development Symposium 90 12 July 2019 Operando and In Situ Methods for Energy MaterialsWorkshop 80 15 - 19 July 2019 InternationalWorkshop on Strong Correlations and Angle-Resolved Photo- emission Spectroscopy (CORPES19) 130 24 - 26 July 2019 XPDFWorkshop 30 10 September 2019 ImagingBioProWorkshop 50 26 September 2019 Quantitative Imaging of Electrochemical InterfacesWorkshop 50 26 September 2019 SSCC GraduateTraining Programme Away Day 15 14 October 2019 Early Career Scientist Symposium 100 15 - 16 October 2019 I19 Remote AccessTraining Course 18 24 - 25 October 2019 European Synchrotron Light Sources RF (ESLS-RF) Meeting 30 28 - 29 October 2019 MooNpics 3rdWorkshop 30 4 - 5 November 2019 Photons and Neutrons for Research in ElectrochemistryWorkshop 60 5 November 2019 Dynamic Structural BiologyWorkshop: Examining the life sciences case for a UK XFEL 155 6 - 7 November 2019 HDMRXWorkshop 27 6 - 7 November 2019 MXWorkshop 30 6 - 7 November 2019 PYMCATraining Course 31 6 - 8 November 2019 MicroEDWorkshop 12 13 - 15 November 2019 eBIC CryoEM Sample Preparation Course 40 1 - 9 December 2019 Diamond Light Source-CCP4 Data Collec- tion and Structure SolutionWorkshop 40 9 January 2020 Extreme Conditions Research Day 23 4 February 2020 Crystallography Student Meeting 45 10 - 14 February 2020 EPICS Collaboration Code-a-thon 35 20 - 21 February 2020 Beamline JockeyWorkshop 35 25 - 26 February 2020 I19 EH2Workshop 25 2 - 3 March 2020 HyperSpyWorkshop 40 10 - 12 March 2020 X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Workshop 33 10 - 12 March 2020 PULPOKSWorkshop 33 This year also saw an increase in requests for running new computer- based workshops. These popular practical workshops covered a wide range of synchrotron science and delivered training to the user community on Diamond’s latest tools and capabilities, such as X-ray PDF data collection and PyMca software data analysis techniques. Visitor numbers by event type FY 2019/20 1,284 Scientific &Technical 947 PhD&Undergraduate Student 2,242 Public & Schools 565 VIPs & Stakeholders Several of the 2019 undergraduate placement 12-month Year in Industry cohort. Students fromWhitchurch Combined School, Buckinghamshire winners of the Big Science Event final.
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