Members from the OGU attended these recent conferences:
Alice spent a week coring soils with Wessex Water in early January while Mirek spent the first two weeks of February in various remote regions of India sampling carbonate rocks.
The OGU is keen to disseminate its findings to as wide an audience as possible as well as to other researchers. We are keen to pass on what we have discovered to students, teachers and the wider general public.
As part of our outreach activities (see below) we have developed a game based on various aspects of our work, this can now be accessed online so you to can now be a Palaeodetective.
One day every year, a variety of buildings and amenities which are normally closed to the general public open their doors across the city of Bristol. The OGU participated in a public science exhibition hosted in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building during this event. The OGU stand was based on an updated version of the Palaeodetectives game (see below) and group members (Julie, Marisol, Gordon and Huan) spent the day talking to adults and children alike about the science we do and how it relates to the natural world.
Once again members of the group to part in this weekend long event showcasing a diverse mix of natural exhibits with links to the natural world, the biggest event of its kind in the country! The OGU stand was based on an updated version of the Palaeodetectives game (see below) and group members spent three days talking to adults and children about the OGU and what we do!
Researchers from the OGU revealed secrets of ancient worlds at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009. An exhibit full of prehistoric artefacts and molecular models, alongside display screens and real-time chemical analysis, gave visitors a taste of life as a 'Palaeodetective'.
The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is an annual event that showcases cutting edge scientific research in the UK, via interactive exhibits designed and manned by the scientists themselves. Competition for places is intense and the OGU’s entry, entitled The Palaeodetectives: Digging up small molecules with big messages from the past was one of twenty exhibits selected from over one hundred applications.
The team presented eight mysteries that have been solved by identifying the biomarkers in samples sent to them from around the globe. The public was invited to see original samples and molecular models of key biomarkers on the archaeological and geological pillars that formed part of the exhibit. Visitors then solved cases on the basis of historical, geographical and chemical information using a touch-screen ‘Palaeodetective’ computer game. The game proved so popular, particularly with science teachers, that we have decided to make it available as an online resource. The rest of the exhibit will also be reused for local science events including Discover! and the Bristol Festival of Nature.