Research events inspire budding young scientists of the future



Budding young scientists of the future were inspired by two recent engagement events at Our Dynamic Earth.

The open days explored the ocean, natural oil spills and how marine microbes help clean up oil and sustain life on the planet.

“Inspiring other people about science and our living world is a fantastic experience, and a thrill to see young people enjoy our exhibition stand and be captivated by the wonders of the microbial world that exists beneath the sea surface."

Tony Gutierrez, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Academics and students from Heriot-Watt University used virtual reality 360 degree films to showcase what lies beneath the ocean and what it is like to be out at sea on a research boat.

A tank simulating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was also used to show where oil ends up, how dispersants work to treat a spill, and how microbes feed on the oil to inspire young people about science.

The events were part of an initiative sponsored by the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres and the Science and Technology Facilities Council to promote the uptake of STEM subjects – particularly science and geography.

Tony Gutierrez, Associate Professor, added: “These were great days out for young and old alike showcasing our research and explaining the fascinating world of microorganisms and the important roles they play in the ocean."