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Science Week 2019

Date: From Friday 08 March 2019 to Sunday 17 March 2019
Venue: Various

Science Week at Sheffield Hallam is back!

From the 8th to 17th March 2019, we’ll be offering a programme of fun, inspiring and free events that showcase science and engineering.

Science Week at Sheffield Hallam aims to celebrate science and engineering through a diverse programme that will fascinate, entertain and engage children, young people and adults. Talks, masterclasses, events and community activity, led by experts, will be available at the University and within schools and colleges.

We have a jam-packed week planned, with activity taking place for schools and colleges at Sheffield Hallam University and talks available within schools and colleges. We'll also have a number of exciting and interactive public events taking place!

  • On-Campus Activity

    The table below shows details of sessions taking place at Sheffield Hallam University for School and College groups over Science Week.

    Bookings are now closed for 2019.

    Please email for enquiries.

    OnSite Timetable

    For confirmed bookings, please download and complete either an Accompanied Conduct Agreement or Unaccompanied Conduct Agreement for your visit. You should also download the Pre-16 Photo/Video Permission Form or Post-16 Photo/Video Permission Form for each attending student. A Risk Assessment is available for your records. Completed forms should be returned to  before your visit.

    Cancellation and Changes to Attendee Numbers
    Schools and Colleges must inform us of a cancellation or significant changes to attendee numbers at least 3 weeks before the scheduled visit. We reserve the right to recover any reasonable expenses in the event of late cancellation or failure to give notice of significant changes in the number of attendees (+/- 30%). Notice or any concerns should be sent to

  • Off-Campus Activity

    Thank you for your interest in our off-campus activity for Science Week 2019.

    Unfortunately, due to high demand, we are now at full capacity and will be taking no further off-campus bookings.

    Please see our on-campus sessions and public events for activity which is still available.

    Cancellation and Changes to Attendee Numbers
    Schools and Colleges must inform us of a cancellation or significant changes to attendee numbers at least 3 weeks before the scheduled visit. We reserve the right to recover any reasonable expenses in the event of late cancellation or failure to give notice of significant changes in the number of attendees (+/- 30%). Notice or any concerns should be sent to

  • Public Events

    We have a number of events during Science Week 2019 which will be open to the public and are completely free. Please see below for further information.

    Geology walks with Peter Kennett 

    Date: Saturday 9th March, 10:30-12:00 and 14:00-15:30

    In conjunction with Science Week 2019, Peter Kennett will be leading two geological walks in Sheffield. Find out more about these walks including locations here.

    No need to book, just turn up!

    Health and Social Care - Girl-guiding and Scouts STEMnet event

    Date: Monday 11th March, 18:00-20:00

    During the course of the session, you will be rotating around engaging, interactive and dynamic skills suites. A variety of different Healthcare, Sport and Science professions will be hosting activities and simulation experiences for you to gain insight into what they do and how they link to clinical practice. The evening is a great opportunity for Guide and Scout Groups of any age, interested in health and wellbeing. 

    You can book your tickets here.

    Raspberry Jam

    Date: Thursday 14th March, 17:30-19:30

    Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with the BCS South Yorkshire branch is hosting a Raspberry Jam.

    Raspberry Jams are independently organised community events where people get together to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other Raspberry Pi enthusiasts. Attending a Jam is a great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi, learn what you can do with it, and meet like-minded people. Raspberry Jams provide opportunities for people to get involved in digital making with Raspberry Pi, develop their abilities, get together, have fun, and socialise.

    Come along and see what the credit card sized computer can do. Learn how to get started, see exciting projects and learn more. Alternatively, if you are already a Raspberry Pi expert come along and show off your project or give a lightning talk. 

    Book your place


    Date: Saturday 16th March, 12:00-16:00

    Explore Science, Engineering and more at Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus.

    Join us for our popular interactive family afternoon as part of Science Week at Sheffield Hallam. This fantastic exhibition, delivered by staff and students, showcases research in biology, chemistry, forensic science, engineering and health at Sheffield Hallam. There will be plenty to capture the imagination of all ages from hands-on activities to demonstrations, crafts and competitions. Throughout the day we will also be giving mini talks in the Pennine lecture theatre which are fun and accessible for all ages.

    Please note this event is registered with the Children's University, if you bring along your passport you can achieve 1 hour of CU credits.

    No need to book, just come along!

    Find out more on our Facebook Event

    Science Week: Laughter Hours

    Date: Wednesday 13th March, 18:30-20:00

    Featuring bitesize lectures from leading academics across the University, the evening will explore Sheffield Hallam's pioneering research in biosciences and computing, supported by The Antics; resident improv troupe at Sheffield's Montgomery Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe regulars. .

    Introduced by Professor Wayne Cranton, Dean of Research, Laughter Hours will be a whistle-stop tour of some of Sheffield Hallam's most exciting research, delivered by the academics leading the way. No scientific knowledge required; just a spark of curiosity!

    What a pain in the back! - Professor Christine Le Maitre

    Did you know 8 in 10 of us will have back pain at some point in our lives and is the leading cause of pain and discomfort worldwide? Around 40% of low back pain is caused by defects in the movable structures in your spine known as spinal discs. Prof Le Maitre's research looks into what causes these defects, and how we can use cells and gels to restore normal function and potentially cure low back pain resulting from these defects in the future.

    Virtual Reality: How engaging content can aid rehabilitation and reduce pain - Ivan Phelan

    While Virtual Reality technology is still in its relative infancy, it's rapidly becoming a mass-market device. While the main market for VR is currently entertainment, an area that is developing is its use within a healthcare setting. This talk explores Ivan's research into VR's potential to improve rehabilitation techniques and support patients during painful treatments.

    Fingerprints reveal more than you think… - Professor Simona Frances

    Do you ever, during a romantic dinner, stop and think "I have left my fingerprints all over my wine glass!" or when you visit friends, are you ever worried about leaving a little piece of you behind on every surface that you touch? If the answer is no, you may want to re-think it, unless, of course, you have nothing to hide! This talk will take you on a roller coaster journey within the invisible world of fingerprints and their power to reveal your secrets in a touch.

    Find out more on our Facebook Event or get your free tickets here.

    Discovery Night at The University of Sheffield

    Date: Friday 15th March, 16:00-20:00

    An evening of science activities, talks and demonstrations for Primary School aged children and older

    Back for a sixth year, Discovery Night opens the University’s laboratories and lecture theatres to the public for an evening of science for the whole family. There’ll be talks, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities from across science, engineering, medicine and dentistry. Find out about everything from the magic of maths to the chemistry of sweets, tour the facilities, put on a lab coat and have a go yourself.

    If you're a member of the Children's University then bring along your CU passport to be stamped to earn your learning credits

    No need to book, just come along!

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