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Researchers’ night hailed huge success

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The University of Huddersfield was transformed into one of the world’s biggest laboratories as it hosted a successful international European Researchers’ Night on 30 September – an event that takes place in more than 300 cities across Europe every September.

Over 2,000 people of all ages dressed in disposable lab coats, enjoyed 40 fascinating workshops and demonstrations associated with scientific research and innovation.  The event culminated in a spectacular firework and laser display – plus a world record attempt.

Other activities included the secrets of forensic science, virtual reality, electronic music making, the power of turbochargers and the nutritional value of eating insects. There was also a live link with scientists at CERN in Geneva, a railway bridge building challenge, an insight into the science behind lie detection and a chance for families to design their own coat of arms.

The interactive app created by Games Programming graduate, Lewis Charles and Alice Sjardijn, a student from the School of Computing & Engineering, while on placement at the 3M BIC, was a huge success with visitors.

After following treasure trail clues throughout the University campus using the app, visitors finished at the 3M BIC and were given 3D printed molecules, relating to the senses and research at the University. They also got chance to see the 3D printer and 3D scanner in action on Innovation Avenue.

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