Doors Open at the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings
Studying science in a reputable university such as the University of Edinburgh is something everyone fantasises about when growing up. But when you finally make it, what do you usually do there?
It was that time of the year again when The University of Edinburgh opened its doors to the general public at the annual Edinburgh Doors Open Day organised by the Cockburn Association on the 24th of September, 2011. This event was to invite the public to come into the University to see what goes on in terms of research, public engagement and student life. It was also a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of Edinburgh’s most stunning architecture.
Some of the researchers housed within the King’s Buildings campus of the university presented posters to show some work they have been doing as a way of engaging the public in their research. Exciting research showcased included how vibrational spectroscopy can be used to differentiate between different types of cells without the need for staining. As always, some animal skulls which are used to teach anatomy were on display. Microscopes were also set up to show the younger visitors how different cells are intricately arranged together to make organisms.
The carbon capture research group from Geosciences took advantage of the moment to engage the public in some on-going research, and encouraged people to attend an up-coming event about exploring the benfits and impacts of deploying small scale carbon capture and storage systems in the community. There was also a rare opportunity to see some amazing rock, mineral and fossil exhibits collected from different parts of the world.
An essential part of this programme was to introduce students to the facilities available, and student life in these facilities. Key among said facilities is the KB house which serves as one of the Student Union venues where most students go to grab some meals and drinks with colleagues for short respite.
Here there was also a poster to descibe plans outlined for construction of the new KB library. The library is going to be a student –centred, ultra-modern facility furnished with a cafe, silent study rooms, rooms for group discussion, among other things. The plan creates enough room for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to move about with ease.
'I enjoyed my stay here and I’m convinced Edinburgh is the place for me,' was what a prospective student had to say during the programme.
Eugene Fletcher is a member of the Edinburgh Postgraduate Science Communication Team.