Public outreach

A Day (or five) in the Museum

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 25 May 2015 | 11:38

explaining the hardware of a supercomputerDid you visit a museum over the Easter break? What did you find? Did you see dinosaurs or supercomputers? Did you solve the puzzle of the Towers of Hanoi? If you were at the National Museum of Scotland, you may have done all of these things in one place.

EPCC at the Supercomputing in Engineering Show

Author: George Graham
Posted: 3 Apr 2015 | 14:30

EPCC will be exhibiting at this year’s Supercomputing in Engineering Show at the Derby Roundhouse on the 15th and 16th April. The show is run in parallel with the Engineering Simulation Show and attendance is free, so this is an ideal opportunity for you to come and talk to us about how we can help transform your simulation and modeling activities using High Performance Computing.

Portobello High School Careers Convention

Author: Fiona Reid
Posted: 6 Mar 2015 | 09:36

Last week Mario Antoioletti and myself attended the Portobello High School Careers Convention representing EPCC as part of STEMNET. Portobello was my old high school so I was quite keen to go back and see what had changed in the 20+ years since I was last in the assembly hall. 

The convention was an opportunity for pupils from S2 (12-13 year olds), S4 (14-15 year olds), S5 (15-16 year olds) and S6 (final year students at 16-17 years old) to explore possible career options with over 30 different businesses, colleges and universities being present. For the pupils from S2, S4 and S5 this event takes place prior to them making their course choices for the next academic year and thus is particularly timely. 

Summer of HPC at EPCC

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 2 Mar 2015 | 09:33

The PRACE Summer of HPC (SoHPC) offers university students the opportunity to spend two months at a European HPC centre working on a topical summer project.

Having hosted students during the 2013 and 2014 programmes, we at EPCC are excited to be once again involved and will host three students this summer, one per project that we have proposed. 

Free pizza, prizes and research software best practice: Collaborations Workshop 2015... Registration open!

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 13 Feb 2015 | 12:45

Oxford e-Research CentreThe Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2015 (CW15) will be held from 25-27 March 2015 in Oxford, UK.

CW15 focuses on software, best practice and the social side of working past the boundaries of traditional disciplines and roles to accelerate research outcomes. Or, put differently, interdisciplinarity done right!

What do you want to be?

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 25 Nov 2014 | 10:03

When you were young, what did you want to be when you got older? It can be easy to become blasé about repetitive answers that children can come up with, but how much of that is our fault as adults? Do we provide enough information about the range of possible careers and jobs available?

Prestonfield Primary in Edinburgh has no intention of this by the looks of things, having organised a careers fair for their P1-P6 classes.

Skills for the future: learning from the past

Author: Alistair Grant
Posted: 24 Oct 2014 | 09:27

Getting young people interested in science, hopefully with a long term view to getting them involved in future science or science-influenced careers, is an important part of doing public outreach. EPCC has being doing this for a little while now, but we are still finding our feet. A lot of our contacts with schools come through personal contacts or connections with children in the school. St Marys Primary, which my eldest niece attends, was keen to have family members of pupils talk about what they do and the subjects they are involved with in a 'Skills for the Future' week. This was a great opportunity to help the school using some of the exhibits we have already got and some new activities being worked on. 

Bang went the Borders

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | 14:42

Last month, EPCC took part in the Bang Goes The Borders science festival at St Mary's Primary School in Melrose.  Lorna Smith, Justs Zarins and I spent the day telling people from pre-schoolers to retirees all about supercomputers, how they work, and what they are used for.  

EPCC does some Explora-thoning

Author: Doug Rocks-Macqueen
Posted: 16 Oct 2014 | 14:23

 

Explorathon (also known as European Researcher’s Night Scotland) was a one-day public outreach event showing some of the work funded by the European Commission in Scotland.

EPCC staff working on European projects Adept and CRESTA joined other researchers from Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh universities in explaining their research to 700 people at Dynamic Earth here in Edinburgh.

Volunteer computing & the hunt for prime numbers

Author: Iain Bethune
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | 15:52

As well as helping out with our drop-in workshop at the British Science Festival in early September, I also had the chance to give a talk as part of the Festival's public lecture programme. Over 75 people turned out early on Sunday morning to hear 'Seventeen or Bust: Solving hard mathematical problems with your help!', where I explained how the PrimeGrid project is working on a solution to Sierpinski's conjecture, a fifty-year-old unsolved problem in Number Theory, as well as finding record-sized prime numbers in the process.

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