Thursday 4 March

KS2 & Year 7 Invention and Change - Perdix storytelling workshop (10:00 - 11:30am)

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Science, storytelling and art are often about points of change. Sometimes these seem very unlikely but when you think about it  everything is constantly in a state of flux: our bodies growing, our emotions changing, gritty sand that we can turn to clear glass. In this session you’ll hear about the Roman poet Ovid (43 - 18) who told all kinds of marvellous stories, such as his story of Perdix, a master inventor and budding Scientist who saw the potential for change in the natural world. Then, you’ll get a chance to try your own hand at metamorphosing the natural world by following the example of Giuseppe Archimboldo (1526 - 1593)  who is known for making one thing look like another. 

KS3 & KS4 - Hydrothermal Vents and Deep sea mining lecture

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During science week, Laura Hepburn will be using some fantastic footage from her research cruises to explain how we use robotic technology to connect with these incredible systems miles beneath the surface of the ocean. She will talk about the different types of hydrothermal vents that we find in different areas of the world and how these each support very different kinds of animals – it’s all in the chemistry! Whether you are an aspiring ocean adventurer, or simply want to immerse yourself in a world of beautiful weirdness, tune in to find out more about these mysterious geological features of the deep-ocean.

After the talk, Laura will be joining in virtually, to answer any questions that you have about hydrothermal vents, deep-sea exploration, a career in ocean and Earth science, or even life at sea.


Dr. Laura Hepburn is an oceanographer who specialises in the exploration of deep-sea hydrothermal vents: in Latin, ‘hydro’ means water and ‘thermal’ means heat. Essentially, hydrothermal vents are tall, chimney-like structures that billow plumes of incredibly hot water into the coldest and darkest depths of the ocean. This hot water carries a special kind of energy that supports a large community of bizarre and alien-like animals, which are unlike any other creatures that we find on Earth. In fact, life may have evolved on these abyssal ocean systems and scientists are currently searching for similar kinds of life elsewhere in the universe. Laura’s work has, therefore, not only taken her from the balmy equatorial seas to the inhospitable and storm-driven waters of the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica but, most recently, to the surface of Mars as well!

KS5 & Adults - Insights Into The COVID-19 Pandemic From Models

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In this talk, Dr Paul Parham, Maths teacher at Sevenoaks School, will discuss what roles models have played in the COVID-19 pandemic, what insights they have provided into why the virus is so hard to control, and how they can be used to track the effectiveness of public health interventions designed to bring the pandemic under control.


Dr Paul Parham has a first-class honours degree in Physics from Imperial College London, a master’s degree in Mathematics from the Open University, and a PhD in developing mathematical models of the spread of infectious diseases from Imperial College London. After his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London in the influential modelling group led by Professor Neil Ferguson, before working at Bangor University on the integration of disease models with health economic models. He was appointed as a Lecturer by the University of Liverpool in 2014 and he was the Director of Studies for their London-based Master’s in Public Health programme until 2017. He has published widely on the topic of modelling infectious diseases, particularly mosquito-borne diseases and the potential impact of climate change on their transmission. He is now a teacher of Mathematics at Sevenoaks School and continues to undertake scientific research, both in the field of modelling infectious diseases and educational practice.

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