September is shaping up to be a busy month.
It all starts on the 2nd of September when I’m off to the Variety in Chemistry Education conference over at Loughborough University. I’m presenting an oral byte called ‘From lo-tech to high-tech: Teaching spectroscopy with the writing on the wall’ which is restricted to 5 minutes in length and a maximum of 3 powerpoint slides. I’ll post the abstract here and some background on the project later this week. I’m only at ViCE for the first day because on the 3rd of September it’s off to London to Science Online London 2010.
I’ve been to this conference for the past two years and enjoyed it a great deal. This year it has moved from the Royal Institution to the British Library and is now over 2 days. The preliminary programme and session suggestions look amazing so I’m hoping it will be great. I’ll be in London 3rd and 4th of September for that,
and probably at a loose end on the Friday night so if anyone fancies a couple of pints somewhere, get in touch. I think there are probably some evening events associated with the conference.
On the 16th of September I’ll be at the British Science Festival in Birmingham taking part in a session called ‘The Armchair Chemist Online‘. I’m sure I’ll be blogging a lot more about this session in the next couple of weeks but we’ve got some great speakers who are going to talk about various aspects of chemistry online, from journals to youtube and how social media can be a great way to get people involved in real live outreach events. I’m planning to be at the Science Festival on the 15th of September and again if anyone wants to meet up, let me know. I’m still planning which sessions I want to go to.
September will rapidly hurtle to its conclusion with an internal research conference that I’m involved with organising. All researchers at my university are based in research institutes and mine has an annual conference day, with speakers from a broad range of disciplines (from maths to chemistry via earth sciences, physics and astrophysics and forensic and computer science). I’m hoping that all the technical bits and pieces will be sorted before the end of August and all that will be left to do on the day will be to take photos of each speaker giving their talk!
Then on the 27th of September, its all over. The academic year begins again and I get to help register our incoming first year. Then it will be all about the teaching until Christmas!