Public Engagement

Public engagement and outreach are important components of the CDT’s programme, and our students are involved in a range of activities across both taught and research years. Here you can find out a bit more about what we do and how to get involved.

Our programme includes

  • Public science fairs. We regularly host a stand at the annual Bath Taps Into Science Other events include the annual Festival of Physics and Research Without Borders.
  • School classroom visits. Our students have delivered classroom lessons on light (organised by Ventsislav Valev), conductivity and spectroscopy at local schools.
  • Films by school students. We have helped local school students develop short films on topics such as superconductivity.
  • Summer schools. We run lectures and workshops on a range of topics within condensed matter physics at summer schools in Bristol and Bath, including for Sutton Trust and Work Experience students.
  • Bespoke training workshops. Our students have access to a range of training on delivering outreach activities by the Universities of Bristol and Bath. We also organise bespoke training workshops, for example on how to plan and deliver a lesson plan in a school classroom.

Current active workshops include

  • Strange States of Matter – aimed at Years 5-6 students.
  • Conductivity – aimed at Years 7-8 students.
  • Spectroscopy – aimed at Years 7-8 students.
  • Superconductivity and Magnetism – aimed at Year 11 students.


The Importance of Outreach

Rebecca Purkiss, CDT CMP Student Cohort 1

The Importance of Outreach

Reaching Out

Lauren Cane, CDT CMP Student Cohort 2

Reaching Out

Bath Taps 2018

Charles Sayers, CDT CMP Student Cohort 2

Bath Taps 2018

Why I engage the public

Dr Ventsislav ValevAcademic at the University of Bath

Contact us

If you are interested in outreach or public engagement activities by CDT-CMP students or members of staff, please contact for more information.