Would anticipate that this activity would be in place over a number of days
17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
As noted above, the event would be best placed as a semi permanent exhibition as part of the festival once set up. The exhibit truly enables the public to engage with excellent research and is highly interactive. Similar activities have been very popular and well received previously.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
A large area (hall) would be required, preferably close to a reception area/area of high footfall.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The research area relates to super water repellent materials and involves a mix of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering. The focus of the work is how liquids interact with surfaces and how naturally occurring systems provide inspiration for new materials and engineering. This area is supported by EPSRC grants. This is an interactive exhibition designed for the general public/for all ages. Nature's Raincoats is a hands-on, investigating how nature adapts to control water repellency. The exhibit is divided into four zones: 1. Superhydrophobic plant forest. 2. Wet (but not too wet for a standard hall) hands-on area where super water-repellent plants or business cards can be placed beneath drips of water and super water-repellent magic sand can be sculpted underwater. 3. Dry area where balloons can be pushed against beds-of-nails, super-repellent stay-clean surfaces can be dipped in mud and streams of water are propelled around super-vortex surfaces. 4. Demonstration area with a stuffed duck demonstrating its feathers, water-spiders breathing underwater using plastrons and bio-inspired technological items. A plan of the exhibit can be found at: http://www.naturesraincoats.com/Royal%20Society%20Exhibition_Plan%20of%20Exhibit.html Nature’s Raincoats is a collaboration between three research groups at Northumbria, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Oxford.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
Nature of research and exhibit
I am the event manager:
I am the event manager
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
This proposal has been submitted to the City strand of the programme due to the hands-on nature of the event and the wide audience range - from primary school children to adults. The event is based on current, cutting edge research so it may be more appropriate for this to be submitted to the main programme. Submitted centrally by Alex Robson at Northumbria University, on behalf of Glen McHale.
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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