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Bristol ChemLabS Partners for the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in Chemistry Outreach Training

Tim Harrison and Jonny Furze with some of the newly-trained USIM students

12 April 2019

Bristol Chemists Tim Harrison (Director of Outreach) and Jonny Furze (Outreach Assistant) took time out of their busy schedule to work with 77 second and third year chemistry undergraduates at USIM. The initial training session was followed up when small groups from the trained students assisted Tim Harrison in the delivery of the internationally established lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to senior school students.

Outreach Project Director Muhammad Zamir Othman (USIM), a postgraduate of the Diamond Group at Bristol, is already heavily engaged in outreach with his students preparing and delivering primary school science workshops across Malaysia. Othman wants to develop USIM’s chemistry outreach portfolio through lecture demonstrations to further support the teaching of chemistry in schools.

The link with Bristol ChemLabS was originally formed by chemist Musa Ahmad 10 years ago before he become Vice Chancellor of USIM.

‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ is a lecture demonstration concerning atmospheric chemistry and climate change. It was created jointly by Harrison and Dudley Shallcross 14 years ago. The lecture, or its primary school equivalent, 'Gases in the Air’ has been given an estimated 2500 times to audiences across 28 countries, approaching a third of a million people in total. The lecture has also been adopted and adapted by universities and science centres in South Africa.

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