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The Story of Science
Emily Brunsden, Richard Keesing, Steve Tear

  • Thursday 15 June 2017, 6.00PM to 9.00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • PL002, Physics Exhibition Centre, University of York (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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Discover the story of science through the lens of microscopes and telescopes with University of York scientists. First, take a look at the historic Vickers Collection of precision scientific instruments manufactured in York over the past 200 years. Next learn how cutting-edge microscopes allow us to see a single, moving atom. Finally, gaze into the night skies and wonder at the images we can now capture from space.    


6.30pm to 7.15pm: Explore the history of artefacts in the Vickers Collection with Richard Keesing, an Honorary Fellow at the University of York.

7.30pm to 8pm: Join Steve Tear, Director of the YORK JEOL Nanocentre, to learn about the leaps in technology that have allowed us to see down to the nanoscale.

8.15pm to 9pm: Discover the differences between modern and historical telescopes with Emily Brunsden, Director of the University of York’s Astrocampus. Find out what the future is likely to bring with the newest space telescopes. 

The Vickers Collection will be open from 6pm to 9pm with drinks available.

About the speakers

Dr Emily Brunsden is an Associate Lecturer in the University of York’s Department of Physics specialising in astrophysics. She is Director of Astrocampus - a teaching and outreach observatory at the University.

Dr Richard Keesing is an Honorary Fellow at the University of York.

Dr Steve Tear is a Reader in the University of York’s Department of Physics and Director of the YORK JEOL Nanocentre.

Vickers Collection

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