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Thomas Hardye School’s Family Festival of Science | 11th October 2014

The Thomas Hardye School Science Department has invited scientists from various organisations to contribute to a range of displays, competitions and interactive activities, to add to those provided by DASP schools and Kingston Maurward College, for it’s annual Family Festival of Science.

The University will be there hosting two activities; ‘Identify Animals’, teaching forensic archaeology techniques, and Dr Genoveva Esteban’s ‘Microscope Madness’, opening up the hidden world of aquatic life in ponds, rivers and lakes (financially supported by the Society of Biology).

The Festival takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014 between 1 and 5 pm, is suitable for all ages, with open access, free entry and light refreshments available.

You can find the full line up here and we hope to see you there!


The Faculty of Science and Technology joins the celebration of the National STEM week

Emma Jenkins (Archaeology), Genoveva Esteban and Ian Chapman (Environmental Sciences) joined other researchers for the “Meet the Scientists” event at Thomas Hardye School (Dorchester) to celebrate the National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) – a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages to celebrate science, engineering and technology and its importance in our lives. 450 Year 9 and Year 10 students talked to the 30 scientists that came from across the country, representing a wide variety of science disciplines to speed-network with students and inspire them with their knowledge and enthusiasm. NSEW 2014 takes place from 14 – 23 March, it is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

A Fusion funded ‘Royal’ visit

Santander Mobility Network Fusion Funds allowed me to visit King Juan Carlos University (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, URJC) in Madrid, Spain, a few weeks ago. After being hit by the parvovirus 24hr after arriving in Madrid I finally managed to pull myself together and visit Dr Marcos Mendez at the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, who had arranged for me to meet the Head of the Department, the Head of the Postgraduate School, some academics and undergraduate students. I introduced them to (and left them with several hard copies of) BU’s Summer Schools and our Master’s courses; we also discussed placement opportunities for BU and URJC students. One of them (from URJC) will be visiting us in the New Year funded by Erasmus placement funds. Academics at URJC Department of Biodiversity and Conservation are extremely keen in receiving BU students to work on the wealth of terrestrial and aquatic conservation projects that are running in the Department.

Overall, it was a very productive visit and we now are exploring funding opportunities to develop further this collaboration. If you know of any student looking for a placement, URJC can offer a great opportunity… in the wonderful town of Madrid. Drop me an email (Genoveva Esteban, School of Applied Sciences – and I will get it organised.

Poole Bay Bait Cam

This edited footage was not obtained from an aquarium but from rocks near Bournemouth Pier in Poole Bay during the summer of 2013. GoPro cameras attached to a weighted framework were deployed to depths of between 3-8m. Fish and invertebrates are attracted to bait fixed to a pole extended in front of the camera – a technique known as Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV). The method is particularly suited to areas where conventional traps or mobile nets are excluded, such as in protected areas or where obstacles create hazards for SCUBA divers. The data collected will be compared with video obtained from Boscombe Artificial Surf Reef and other sites within the Bay.

How many species can you identify?

This research carried out by Bournemouth University is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Watch in 1080p HD for best results.

Find more over on the Poole & Purbeck Portal.