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Public Lecture Series

On behalf of the School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield I would like to invite you to take part in our 11th series of Public Lectures covering exciting advances in science.

As in previous years our aim is to improve public knowledge of science by presenting topics in this engaging series of evening Public Lectures. The talks will add to your appreciation of the contribution of scientific disciplines to society and provide an opportunity for you to hear some of the leaders in their fields, from the University of Huddersfield and from the wider research community, explain their recent innovations in research. Science on the University site has a long history dating back nearly 200 years.

A Huddersfield Scientific and Mechanics Institute was founded in 1825 for "the supplying at a cheap rate, the different classes of the community, with the advantage of instruction in the various branches of science". This was followed by The Young Men's Mental Improvement Society in 1841 at the Temperance Hotel, Cross Church Street which, in turn became the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution in 1844. A separate Female Educational Institute was established in 1846 and Huddersfield claims the distinction of having been the first to establish an Institution “organized and managed on a separate and independent basis, for the education of the young women of the working classes." The Mechanics' Institution was transformed into a Technical or Trade School during the 1880s as a result of the shift of emphasis from teaching mainly elementary education to scientific and technical teaching. By 1914 the College had 42 full-time and 37 part-time staff teaching 1,800 students ranging in level from University of London external degrees, principally in Chemistry, to the newly introduced day-release classes for apprentices.

Science teaching and research at Huddersfield was instrumental in the establishment of the University mainly through Chemistry but now the School of Applied Sciences covers the full range of the sciences including chemistry, biology, pharmacy, food and nutrition, forensics and, most recently, chemical engineering. The School houses over 1500 undergraduate students studying on our BSc programmes along with a thriving community of postgraduates studying for MSc and PhD qualifications. The School is continuing to grow and the recent results from the government’s assessment of research in UK universities shows a fourfold increase in research activity within the School and a surge in research income and industrial collaborations. This series of talks will showcase some of that research activity.

Our Public Lectures are free and open to all, so I hope you are able to take these opportunities to find out more about the scientific research that is being carried out in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield and beyond.

We look forward to seeing, entertaining and informing you!

2016-17 programme

Please click on the links below for more details and a booking form for each lecture.

The lectures take place in the Canalside West Lecture Theatre (CWS/10) and will begin at 6.30pm, with refreshments served before the lecture from 6.00pm. 

To help with our catering arrangmements, please use the booking form for each lecture you would like to attend.


For further information or for group bookings, please contact:
01484 473005


These lectures are FREE and OPEN TO ALL
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