Science talk on 'Performing Matter' engages girls

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On the evening of Tuesday 29th November, for the penultimate event in our Lecture Programme this term, we were delighted to feature the second in the series of Science talks by welcoming Dr Zoe Laughlin, Co-Founder of the Institute of Making, based at University College London. Originally pursuing an artistic path with A Levels in Art, Textiles and English, Zoe became fascinated with materials during her MA at Central Saint Martins and went on to complete a PhD in Materials and Engineering at Kings College London.

Explaining that there is no absolute divide between the Arts, Materials and Sciences, and giving us striking demonstrations of the crystalline nature of metals, magnetic liquids, wire that folded itself back into a paperclip on heating, a ceramic almost as hard as a diamond and transparent concrete, Zoe really engaged the girls with her passion for materials and making, and showed how being creative and curious can lead you down some ingenious and original paths.

Zoe has an exciting BBC Two series The Big Life Fix starting at 9pm on Wednesday 7th December, which we all look forward to watching! For more details about her new television project, see: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084ztrw

The next event in our Lecture Programme from this series of talks is Science and Religion with Dr Denis Alexander, on Tuesday 28th February 2017.