RCCS is looking forward to make a difference in people’s lives by engaging the larger community and providing easy access to information. The important role of carbon capture, utilisation and storage in mitigating the harmful effects of climate change is shared with the community by our outreach programme. Together with Heriot-Watt University, we are planning to provide opportunities to primary school pupils and high school students to visit our labs and get familiar with our research and technology development in this area. For high school students there is an excellent opportunity to stay in our labs for a few weeks, conducting research under supervision of our expert staff, and gaining more in depth knowledge of this exiting research area.
Yolanda (left) and Elizabeth attending the Big Bang Event
Dr. Yolanda Fernandez-Diez and MSc student Elizabeth Bay, both members of CICCS, were fortunate enough to share their Carbon Capture and Utilization research with young people at the Big Bang Event in Glasgow on Friday June 14, 2013. The event took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and gathered over three and a half thousand visitors and a broad spectrum of STEM professionals (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) working in Academia and industry.
It was a great opportunity for CICCS members to interact with school groups and explore other projects in the exhibit hall not only from adults, but also from teams of primary aged children competing for the best project in the National Science and Engineering Competition. While Elizabeth participated in the STEM booth discussing carbon dioxide emissions and possible solutions, Yolanda had the privilege of being part of the Career Networking area where she got to have one on one conversation with young students about what it takes to get into research.
“Many learned what a photocatalyst is and engaged with the role of the photocatalyst during the CO2 photoreduction process” – said Elizabeth.
“The Big Bang event is fantastic to create a better idea of STEM jobs and help students to decide about their professional future. I would have liked to have the same opportunity as these students when I was younger” – said Yolanda.
It was a good day to represent the CICCS work being done and inspire new generations. Many thanks to the Big Bang event coordinators, fellow participants, and STEM ambassadors for the opportunity to be part of the day.
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Dr. Yolanda Fernandez Diez (right), staff member of CICCS, with Laura Herraiz from University of Edinburgh volunteering at the CCSI unit on show.
This year the “Doors Open Day” at the British Geological Survey (BGS) has had CICCS representation. Some of the CICCS staff members travelled to Murchison House, the BSG office in Edinburgh, on Saturday 28 September 2013. The day was packed with earth science demonstrations, talks, experiments and lots of hands-on activities. The visitors also learned what is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and how it works using a real CCS interactive created by Peter Reid. It was also the perfect occasion to visit the Scottish Centre in Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), located in the 3rd floor of the building, and chat with some SCCS members, which kindly invited CICCS to the event. SCCS is a joint partnership of Heriot-Watt University, British Geological Survey and University of Edinburgh.
Thanks for letting us take part of this great day!
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Two members of the CICCS team were able to take time out their studies to volunteer at local high school last week. The event, organized by ProScience, was to help inspire students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The event took place at Firrhill High School, in the west side of Edinburgh, less than five miles away from the Heriot-Watt CICCS campus. The two volunteers, Yolanda Fernandez-Diez and Schuyler Ingram, gave speeches to groups of students about the work they do and what led them to pursue their research.
By reaching out to students in their S3 and S4 years, the CICCS programme hopes to ensure that the next generation will be able to further build on the environmental work currently being done. It is important that future generations are prepared to protect the environment with technologies and scientific breakthroughs still forthcoming. In all, both of the CICCS’s staff were able to speak to over one hundred students.
Just as CICCS is determined to bring the best researchers together today, the volunteers manifested CICCS’s desire to make sure the best researchers are ready for the environmental problems of the future. Thanks are offered to the ProScience and Firrhill High School staff for inviting the researchers to such a well-organized event.
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On September 14, 2015 Elizabeth Bay participated in a Routes into Employment event at St Mungo's High School in Falkirk. The event was for higher level graphics students to get a flavor of the kind of careers available to them. Elizabeth enjoyed discussing with students her own work in carbon dioxide utilization and the importance of graphics to chemistry work in terms of visualizing chemical bonds and material systems and also in terms of modeling and simulation. Events like these are important contact points of showing a wealth of opportunities to students and informing them of a wide range of activities their skills can take them into. And hopefully they took away understanding of her research and can appreciate the importance of addressing carbon dioxide emissions and climate change.
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