Why Small is Beautiful: nanotechnology and the next scientific revolution


Click your fingers. In the time it took you to do that, your fingernails grew by 1 nanometer. In this talk, Dr Annela Seddon explores nanoscience and nanotechnology – the science of objects on the billionth of a meter scale. Discover a hidden world of colour, giraffes and dancing particles and learn how we can see things not much bigger than an atom.


You’ll find out what links the Romans and pregnancy tests, and have the chance to test out some fundamental theories of physics using Lego and a pair of oven gloves. You’ll also learn about how some of the biggest problems facing the planet could be solved with some innovative, and tiny, solutions.

Saturday 11 June 2022, 11:30am

Doors open 11:00am

The Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

Tickets £5/£2.50

Dr Annela Seddon is an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of Doctoral Training Entities at the University of Bristol. Her research group study the shape and size of materials on the nanoscale using x-ray techniques, alongside computer modelling methods to try to predict how new materials might behave. They also build 3D printers to create weird and wonderful new structures. Dr Seddon oversees the training of interdisciplinary graduate students from all over the world who come to the University of Bristol to embark on their scientific career, making sure they have everything they need to be successful scientists of the future. She also undertakes regular visits to schools to encourage children from 4-18 to get engaged with science. Outside of the lab, she is passionate about singing and crochet and will talk about wool to anyone who’ll listen.

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