Volcanic eruption for Universities Week

London’s Natural History Museum lit up as a team of researchers reproduced a volcanic eruption live from the centre of the capital

London’s Natural History Museum lit up last night as a team of researchers reproduced a volcanic eruption live from the centre of the capital. A group of volcanologists, seismologists and social scientists put together a replica of an active volcano on the lawn of the museum.

The volcano launched the start of Universities Week at the Natural History Museum where a week-long exhibition is taking place to inspire and engage the public in the innovative research taking place in UK Universities. There are many exciting research displays including supersonic cars, robots and smell-emitting smart mobile phones.

This is a national campaign with over 250 public events taking place at universities across the country to demonstrate how we all benefit from universities. The exhibition at the Natural History Museum is open to the public all week including a free late opening event on Wednesday 11 June during which there will be two further volcanic lava eruptions for the public to witness.

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “This exhibition is a fascinating display of our inspirational and innovative research taking place now at universities across UK.

“This is something not to be missed as it gives the public the opportunity to experience first-hand our world-class research. They can come and get involved in really exciting displays and leave feeling truly inspired.”

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