Science/STEM outreach

We offer an ever-expanding programme of free outreach events in STEM and the broader science/life science disciplines. Designed to inspire the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists of the future, the activities have been designed in collaboration with our academic colleagues in the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences. Focusing on pure and applied sciences, all events are intended to enthuse your students whilst offering curriculum enhancement and enrichment.  See below for details of forcoming events.

We're also pleased to be the contract holders for STEMNET in the Surrey and Berkshire region, to find out more about this resource see:

STEM in Surrey and Berkshire

Sixth Form Lecture Series:  

INSIDE EBOLA - HOW THE VIRUS WORKS AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT by Dr Ben Neuman, Wednesday 25th February, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Year 12 students, will be of particular interest to AS Biology students
Location: Palmer Building 109, Whiteknights Campus

Date & Time: Wednesday 25th February, Lecture & Q&A 1.30pm - 2.30pm

The Lecture: Inside Ebola - How the Virus Works and In order to understand Ebola, you need to learn to think like a virus. Together you will explore what it means to be a virus, and take a molecular look at the fragile, ill-adapted virus behind the ongoing epidemic. He will also describe how the most promising vaccines and therapies that are being tested now will work.

Schools/individuals are welcome to arrive early or stay later for an optional tour of campus by current students. Please indicate on the booking form whether you would like a campus tour. They will be at 12.45pm or 2.45pm for 45 minutes.


Dr Ben Neuman is a lecturer at the University of Reading in the School of Biological Sciences. His research covers the patenting and development of antiviral drugs and development of phage therapy agents. He is also Palaeontology curator, Cole Museum of Zoology at the University. He is widely known for his expertise in the area of Ebola as interviews with BBC World News, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Berkshire, and BBC Radio Wales have demonstrated.

To book:

Individual booking please complete the individuals agreement form Individuals' Agreement form and return to: Amy Wigham, 109 Miller Building, University of Reading, PO Box 217, RG6 6AB or email a scanned copy to . Confirmation of place will be confirmed on receipt of booking form.

School group bookings please book here: Booking form . School groups are limited to 15 per school in the first instance. If you require a campus tour please specify in further requirements box.

Reading Scholars (Biology and Chemistry)

The Reading Scholars programme started in September 2012. It comprises subject-specific input sessions, a bespoke IAG schedule of sessions, student shadowing, online e-mentoring with a University of Reading mentor, and a non-residential summer school. It is targeted at year 12 students who have performed highly at GCSE and are on course to achieve well at A-level or equivalent. The next cohort of students will start in October 2014.

Science will be offered in two strands of the programme, in the subject areas of Biology and Chemistry. The programme will run with targeted schools and colleges. If you would like more information, please contact us at


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