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16,000 fans of Science visit Harwell Campus on its first Open Day in over a decade

For the first time in over 15 years the Harwell Campus doors have been opened to the public so that they can have a peek behind the scenes at some of the World’s most spectacular and powerful science facilities.

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Gorgosaurus skeleton cast in Diamond Light Source (Credit: STFC)

For the first time in over 15 years the Harwell Campus doors have been opened to the public so that they can have a peek behind the scenes at some of the World’s most spectacular and powerful science facilities.

16,000 fans of Science visit Harwell Campus on its first Open Day in over a decade

Saturday 11 July – For the first time in over 15 years the Harwell Campus doors have been opened to the public so that they can have a peek behind the scenes at some of the world’s most spectacular and powerful science facilities.

16,000 visitors have taken up the invitation and have been touring the STFC Central Laser Facility to see its Vulcan laser, which produces a beam so intense that it is like taking all of the sunlight shining on the Earth at any one moment and focusing it onto a pin head; the Diamond Light Source, the iconic silver ring that works like a giant microscope and produces light 10 billion times brighter than the sun and RAL Space which designs, builds, and tests instruments that will be launched into space, including hi-definition cameras that are now operational on the International Space Station.

However, the most popular part of the Campus in the morning was the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source which is used for a huge variety of science, from designing new medicines to testing materials used in aircraft.

Visitors have also had an opportunity to take a ‘selfie’ with a gigantic cast of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton, and star in a Matrix-style ‘frozen time’ film sequence.

Doors opened at 9:30 and the initial rush of visitors saw over 1,000 people on site in the first 30 minutes all keen to see as much as possible. By midday numbers had exceeded 10,000 with a further rush in mid-afternoon as more people wanted to visit before the site closed at 6pm.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
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STFC: Central Laser Facility (CLF)
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STFC: ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source
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STFC: RAL Space
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STFC: Scientific Computing Department
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European Space Agency (ESA) ECSAT
Tel.: +44 1235 444 221
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Diamond Light Source
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Satellite Applications Catapult
Tel.: +44 (0)1235 567999
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Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH)
Tel.: +44 (0) 1235 567700
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