As well as our programme of short courses, the Tonbridge Centre is able to offer the following extra events.

Prejudice in the Age of Brexit: Survey findings

Dr Markus Bindemann and Dr Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon

Wednesday 13 March, 13.00 - 13.45

The talk will be held at:
The University of Kent Tonbridge Centre
Avebury Avenue
Tonbridge. TN9 1TG.

FREE: booking required

The 2016 EU referendum results were widely perceived as a statement against immigration. Based on this perception, the University of Kent's Schools of Economics and Psychology conducted a survey in 2017 to find out whether the Brexit vote had triggered negative attitudes and anti-social behaviour towards immigrants.

This short, free talk will discuss the results of the survey. All are welcome.

Limited places are available. Please email tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk to book your place.

Centre for Child Protection

Child in red wellies standing in a puddle

The University of Kent’s International Centre for Child Protection (ICCP) aims to get to the heart of child protection by using innovative ideas and the latest technology. It will be delivering short courses at the Tonbridge Centre from its award-winning CPD-accredited simulations: a safe way to explore child protection simulations.

The courses provide an innovative way to reflect, evaluate, practice and learn. They provide an opportunity for interaction with the simulation scenario to consider the actions of the characters ‘Rosie’, ‘Zak’, ‘Lottie’, ’Maryam’ and ‘Joe’.

There are no prerequisites to joining these workshops, some of which are also suitable for parents and young people. All participants are given a good grounding in the application of simulations in a child protection setting. However, participants should be aware that these courses form part of a series from the Centre for Child Protection.

Full course details and a contact point for further enquiries are available on the ICCP website.

Pint of Science evening

Pint of Science

Wednesday 22 May 2019

The Old Fire Station, Castle Street, Tonbridge TN9 1BH

Doors open at 6pm. The evening runs from 7-10pm and consists of 3 consecutive events (shown below). Tickets are £4 per person per event.

The Pint of Science Festival is an annual three-day international public engagement in hundreds of cities across the globe, where scientists have the opportunity to share and explain their research in an accessible form to the general public - mainly in bars and pubs. Following its sell-out success in 2018, this is another fantastic opportunity for locals to engage with University of Kent research.

Tonbridge events can be found here. SOLD OUT! You may be interested in other events in our county, view them here.

Human evolution and future survival

The presentations cover the sweep of human life on our planet. We firstly look at how the evolution of the human hand, and importantly the differences between us and other primates, has enabled fine manipulation of tools and now technology. We next look at the issues surrounding future human survival, illustrated by the potential for sustainable energy storage, and lastly the development of novel materials to replace plastics and reduce resultant pollution.

Hanging out with great apes and grasping at straws

Christopher Dunmore (PhD student) 
Dr Ameline Bardo (Postdoctoral Researcher) 
Our research concerns the hands of living primates and fossil humans. We use a combination of laser and CT-Scanning technology to analyse the shape and internal structure of hand bones in these species to help understand when and how our modern manipulative hands evolved and when we began to produce technology. We also investigate how apes use their hands to swing in the trees or knuckle-walk on the ground to understand when your ancestors fully came down from the trees and preferred to walk on two legs.


Batteries go Metal Free

Dr Alex Murray (Lecturer in Chemistry) 
Believe it or not, the biggest challenge in renewable energy right now is not how to harness the energy of the sun, but to store it so as to harvest when sunlight is abundant and use when it is not. In this talk, we will explore the use of “flow batteries” – rechargeable fuel cells which could balance electrical grid load at night. In particular, we look at how to get away from toxic, expensive vanadium or similar rare metals, and towards earth-abundant materials based on carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen.


Nature Under Pressure

Dr Rob Barker (Lecturer in Chemistry and Forensic Science) 
Developing new techniques to understand how biological molecules respond to pressure. This has applications in everything around us, from being inspired by the amazing natural properties of saliva to making new lubricants through to using this understanding to help separate and manipulate parts of our blood for future healthcare technologies.


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