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1,500 people visit the Research Complex

The Harwell campus threw open its doors to the public on Saturday 11 July for the “Science up close”. Thousands of visitors converged on Harwell, and 1,500 of them spent time at the Research Complex, where they could talk directly to scientists about their work, as well as see interactive demonstrations about X-ray imaging, laser microscopes, crystallization of proteins, 3-D printing, catalysts, advanced engineering, how bacteria can breathe hydrogen, dancing spectroscopy, making ice-cream using liquid nitrogen and much more... (Click here for pictures)

The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) is a new, multidisciplinary laboratory that provides facilities for researchers to undertake new and cutting edge scientific research in both life and physical sciences and the interface between them. It is located on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) site on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, adjacent to Diamond, the new third generation Synchrotron Radiation (SR) source. It is also close to other leading facilities on the campus: the ISIS neutron source, Central Laser Facility, Membrane Protein Laboratory, MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit and Mary Lyon Centre, and a Biological Solid State NMR Facility.

It is open, on a competitive basis, to research teams from UK universities, as well as to Diamond and RAL staff. The MRC is leading the project on behalf of RCUK, in partnership with BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC, STFC and Diamond.