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Science Week Media Opportunities
Science Week Media Opportunities at the University of Surrey

Journalists, film crews and photographers are invited to attend any of the events being held at the University of Surrey during Science Week. The events include three twilight lectures for secondary age students and workshops with students from six local schools.

On Wednesday 17 March two lectures are being held:

‘The Concorde’ will be given by Captain John Hutchinson at 5pm in the Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre

Captain Hutchinson was a senior British Airways Captain for 15 years, flying Concorde from 1977 to 1992. John has flown over 70 different types of aircraft, but fell in love with Concorde more than any other. The lecture will focus on the technological achievements which made Concorde the world’s only successful supersonic airliner, together with John’s personal experiences of flying her.

Also on Wednesday 17 March

‘Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines’ will be given by Dr Jim Al-Khalili at 5pm in the Griffiths Lecture Theatre.

Dr Jim Al-Khalili is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Jim’s lecture will explain how time travel can be possible and will explain current understandings of the phenomena of Black Holes and Wormholes in space.

Thursday 18 March

‘Robots: Fact, Fiction and the Future’ will be given by Dr Eddie Moxey at 5pm in the Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre.

Dr Eddie Moxey is a leading member of the University of Surrey’s Mechatronic Systems and Robotics Research Group, which has been active in the fields of robotics and automation since 1976. He will talk about some of the latest developments in robotics and consider what the future holds in store for us.

Four workshops for groups of students from local schools:

Wednesday 17 March

Aeronautical Engineering, including test flying model gliders, with:

10am – 12.00 noon King’s College, Guildford

1.00pm – 3.00pm Woking High School

Robotics, including building mobile rovers, with:

10.00am – 12.00 noon King’s College, Guildford

1.00pm – 3.00pm Rodborough School, Milford

Thursday 18 March

Electronic Engineering, including building electronic dice, with:

10.00am - 12.00 noon Howard of Effingham School,


Wednesday 24 March

Chemistry, including making a polymer, with:

10.00am – 12.00 noon Ash Manor School, Ash and Glebelands School, Cranleigh


Journalists, film crews and photographers are welcome to attend any of these events. To arrange a booking, please contact Liz Morgan-Lewis on 01483 683932 or e mail

Notes to editors

National Science Week aims to celebrate science and its importance to our lives, giving people from everywhere in the UK the chance to participate in science activities and experiments and to engage in science discussions in their local area. In 2003 hundreds of thousands of people across the UK took part in National Science Week activities. The British Association for the Advancement of Science coordinates National Science Week, providing a national context for each event. This year National Science Week will run from 12th to 21st March.

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life – helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy. Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 110 companies employing 2,700 staff.

Since 1997, the University of Surrey has held its place at the top of The Sunday Times league tables as the UK University which is 'top for jobs'.