On Friday of the conference we shall be visiting the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), which is operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The facilities, used by universities and other research institutions from around the world, include the ISIS neutron source and the Central Laser Facility (CLF). During the day will also be a Careers Panel, featuring women working for local science and technology-based companies.
ISIS is used to study condensed matter, from subatomic properties to macromolecular behaviour, whilst the CLF investigates the wide-ranging applications of high-energy lasers. Sharing the same campus is the famous Diamond Light Source, which generates synchrotron light in the X-ray through to the far infra-red part of the electromagnetic spectrum. This enables experiments to be carried out in areas as diverse as archaeology and nanotechnology. Due to limited capacity, conference attendees will be asked during registration which two of the facilities (ISIS, CLF and Diamond) they would like to visit. More information on the facilities at RAL and the research that is carried out there can be found on their website.