After mentioning the Fusion reactor visit the other day, two more science venues are also updating their open day events.
Diamond Light Source
This is basically the formal brandname for the UK’s synchrotron facility is offering free tours next month of their sprawling base in South Oxfordshire (map).
This is BIG SCIENCE for the fanboys (and fangirls!).
The synchrotron is basically a particle accelerator (a mini-CERN) which then produce very bright beams of light which scientists use to study a wide range of material properties, structures and chemical reactions.
The UK’s Diamond’s storage ring (the main part of the accelerator) is 561 m in circumference – which explains the rather distinctive building in the photo below.
The next open days at Diamond are 29 March, 14 June and 15 June 2014.
National Physical Laboratory
Devoted to the science of measurements, this facility has an annual open day at its base in Teddington.
I’ve not been yet, but everyone I know who has says it is an excellent day out. The open day is on 20th May — which happens to be a Tuesday (maybe that’s why I haven’t been yet?).
NPL Open House 2014 is a free event, although registration is essential.