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Higgs particle not the only sweet success for science

University of Manchester scientists are well represented at this year’s Royal Society Summer Exhibition with stands about ‘sweet’ science and an elusive sub-atomic particle on display this week.

Manchester physicists will be on hand in London from today (Tuesday) to recount last year’s hunt for the Higgs boson, also known as the ‘God particle’, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border and the Fermilab Tevatron in Chicago. Manchester researchers are heavily involved in the experiments that led to the discovery of the particle scientists believe explains the standard model of physics and why objects have mass.

Meanwhile, Manchester chemists will display their latest research about sugars and how a relatively new discipline, ‘glycomics’ – the study of sugars – could provide answers to a range of previously unsolved problems, ranging from disease to clean energy.

“The search for the Higgs boson in science is on an epic scale – it is a quest that has spanned half a century and created the most ambitious experiments science has ever seen,” said Professor Stefan Soldner-Rembold, from Manchester’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

“The CERN experiments have discovered a new particle that, from initial tests, has mass and other properties consistent with the elusive Higgs boson. Our exhibition at the Royal Society next week will attempt to explain to the public just how important these findings are and where we go from here.”

Professor Sabine Flitsch, another Manchester exhibitor at the Royal Society, said: “The aim of our exhibition is to explain to the public just how important and exciting research into sugars is – it really could unlock answers to many scientific questions that have remained a puzzle until now.”

The Manchester scientists will be presenting their research at the Royal Society in London from Tuesday, 2 July, until Sunday, 7 July.

Source Acknowledgement: University of Manchester StaffNet (published 2 July 2013)

Royal Society Royal 2014 Summer Science Exhibition – Call for proposals

Be inspirational: Exhibit at the 2014 Summer Science Exhibition, which will be held in London from 30 June – 6 July 2014.

The Exhibition offers an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge research to over 10,000 members of the public, school students, policy-makers and the wider scientific community, as well as to many tens of thousands more through the exhibition website.

How to exhibit: You can find a proposal form, as well as guidance on submitting a proposal here. Deadline for proposals is Monday 23 September 2013.

More information: To find out more and experience the Exhibition first-hand, visit the 2013 Summer Science Exhibtion taking place 2-7 July or explore the exhibition online.
Around 25 exhibit teams will be selected to share the excitement of their research with a wider audience.

The Royal Society provides support at each step of the way for exhibitors.

Royal Society Awards: nominations for science communication: 8 February 2013

The Royal Society is currently accepting nominations for the following science communication awards:

The Michael Faraday Prize is awarded annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,500. The winner is called upon to deliver a lecture at the Society. (The most recent award holder is Professor Brian Cox OBE, The University of Manchester). For full details go here.

The Kohn Award is for UK-based, early-career stage scientists who have undertaken high-quality public engagement activities that have had (or will have) a strategic impact on institutions, organisations and cultures. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a grant of £7,500 for science communication activities and a gift of £2,500. For full details go here.

The closing date for returning completed nomination forms is Friday 8 February 2013.

Anyone is able to nominate a candidate for a Royal Society medal, award or prize lectureship.

Further enquiries to email: awards@royalsociety.org or tel: +44 20 7451 2213

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition – call for proposals

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is a unique opportunity to showcase your research at the UK’s most prestigious science exhibition.

Each year over 10,000 members of the public and 2,000 school students visit the Summer Science Exhibition. Many more are reached through coverage on TV, in the media and online. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of your research and institution with key influencers, including potential funders, government and the public.

Call for proposals

Next year’s exhibition will run from 2 – 7 July 2013. Calls for proposal close late October 2012.

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