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.
  • Accessible videos about research undertaken within the CDT.  We encourage out students to create short videos about the research they undertake with their supervisors, as shown below.

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.