Reflections and Revolutions: A Science Film Night 

Old Fire Station, 8th March

Panel discussion

As part of the Oxfordshire Science Festival in March 2015, NDM and Diamond Light Source held a science film night in the Old Fire Station. The NDM produced mini-series 'Revolutionary Biology' and the Diamond Light Source produced short documentary 'The Braggs' Legacy' were shown. After each film a panel of scientists took questions on X-ray crystallography, structural biology and the role of women in science.

The panel was a mix of biologists and physicists working in the field, at different stages in their careers. The panel was made up of Professor Yvonne Jones and Professor David Stuart from STRUBI, Professor Mike Glazer, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics, Diamond beamline expert Dr Claire Murray and Professor Pamela Thomas, Department of Physics, University of Warwick. 

The event had an excellent turnout with a mixture of families, couples and individuals. Patience Thompson, daughter and grandaughter of William Lawrence Braggs and William Henry Braggs, was in the audience. She asked a couple of questions about how the field had changed since their time. 

Lots of really good questions were asked by the audience and the panel did a fantastic job at answering the questions, making the evening a very enjoyable one for all involved.

Some comments from the evening:

"It was well organised with thought put into the structure of the evening; a good moderator and an articulate, approachable panel of experts." 

"As a family of crystallography novices we all took something away from the event to ponder. Thank you."

"The scientists were brilliant and very humble in the way that they addressed the questions"