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We are committed to involving the wider community, including the general public, in the work we are doing.

Please see details below of activities involving the SPOCK team

May 2016 - International Guild of Knot Tyers Visit

Kate Horner and Lauren Scanlon, from the Durham SPOCK group, visited the IGKT between the 6th and 9th May. As you can see, during their visit, they were involved with members of the Guild in some interesting, participative outdoor knot-related activities involving some ropes, some bottles and a tree!

Bottles are attached to pieces of coloured string which is attached to a branch above

The bottles are then passed (or thrown if you know what you're doing!) between people standing below the branch in a pattern to braid the rope. For more complicated braids, it can be quite tricky to keep track of who to pass the bottle to next, but is a fun way to braid rope in different patterns!

A close up of the rope braided by passing bottles attached to string between people. Different braids are formed in the rope by varying the direction bottles are passed between people

List of Outreach Activities

Date Name Details
May-2016Kate Horner
Lauren Scanlon
Visit to International Guild of Knot Tyers
Dec-2015Bristol PhD StudentsSixth Form Outreach Event
Dec-2015Mark Dennis
Keith Alexander
'Knot Theory and Knots in Biology', Public Science Café
Sep-2015Mark Dennis
Keith Alexander
Invited talk 'Knots in Physics', Orkney International Science Festival.
Summer-2015Mark Dennis
Ben Bode
Supervision of a research intern from a Bristol school as part of the Nuffield summer placements scheme.
Feb-Jul-2015Mark Dennis
Keith Alexander
Elena Boniolo
Alexander Houston
Knots in Science', workshop for schoolchildren visiting Bristol under widening-participation schemes.
Mar-2015Kate Horner
David Evans
Lauren Scanlon
'Knots Workshop' for schoolchildren at the Annual Durham University Schools' Science Festival.
Mar-2015Kate Horner
Lauren Scanlon
Practical session for schoolgirls on Knot Theory (entitled: What do Mathematicians and Cows have in Common?). Part of the Durham University Girls 'n Maths outreach programme.
Feb-2015Mark MillerPublic Lecture, 'Knots', Café Scientifique, Durham, UK.
Feb-2015David EvansPublic Lecture, 'Fun with Lasers, Chemicals and Spirals', Ushaw College, Durham, UK.

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