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The wonder of science exhibition launched...

Infrared image of wheat and maize plants under drought stress supplied by Dr Annette Ryan, of the Lancaster Environment Centre

Infrared image of wheat and maize plants under drought stress supplied by Dr Annette Ryan, of the Lancaster Environment Centre

The delicate exquisiteness of frost flowers, a captivating aurora seen through a fish eye lens and the fascinating flow of lava will feature in an amazing new exhibition designed to enthrall all.

The exhibition, the first of its kind for Lancaster University, will bring gown to town at The Storey in a collection designed to inspire, intrigue and surprise.

‘The Beauty in Science’ will feature 100 curious images capturing all aspects of science research from the gamut of science departments at Lancaster 
University.

Not all the pictures are quite so tasteful – an invasion of parasites in a sand fly gut provides an interesting image – but all are guaranteed to capture attention. The three-week-long spectacle, in the Storey’s main Gallery and Music Room, will also feature a free programme of engaging short talks by accomplished speakers covering everything from modelling a heartbeat to tracking down where the rain goes.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Dr Hannah Newton, a Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, who was inspired by a similar show at the Manchester Science Festival. Dr Newton, who is heading up the exhibition team, said: “We just want to get people excited generally about science without pressing details on them.

“We want to bring science to life for people who might not consider themselves ‘sciencey’ but who have a natural curiosity and who will appreciate the exhibition.”

“All the images, which have come from virtually every Lancaster University science-related department, are sure to intrigue. We want visitors to be impressed but, if they then ask why a picture has been taken, we can sneak in some science background.”

The free show, funded by Lancaster University Research Committee, will feature a combination of photographs, digital displays, slide shows, time lapse sequences, sound bites and model animations.

A display cabinet will house an array of intricate equipment used in the process and appliance of science together with a wide-ranging selection of scientific samples including an amazing installation showcasing soils from around the world

“We want a wide spectrum of people to walk through the doors,” added Dr Newton.

‘The Beauty in Science’ will open with a private viewing on Thursday, September 19 when the Mayor of Lancaster, Coun June Ashworth, will attend and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark Smith will give an opening address.

The display will then open to the public on Friday, September 20 and will run to Saturday, October 12.

 

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