Zone 11: Lene Hau

Lene Hau is a quantum computing pioneer

Locations: Building 175, Building 176 and Building 185 Boldrewood Campus

Find us: Follow the GREEN coloured signs. Take the free shuttle bus between the two sites.

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Facilities: These venues are fully accessible. There are two cafes onsite.


Alumni Zone **New for 2017**
Did you study at the University of Southampton?  If so, come and visit us in the Alumni –Zone and pick up some free gifts for you and your family.  Situated in Lattes Café, outside our soft play area, the Alumni-Zone gives you the perfect excuse to sit down and have a chat with the team.

An Ecosystem in a Bottle **New for 2017**
Each bacterial inhabitant of this ecosystem has a specific job to carry and a different diet: together, they complete the cycling of important elements like oxygen, carbon and sulphur. Come and witness the fascinating cooperation of these bacteria!

Boats! Boats! Boats! with Lloyds Register **New for 2017**
Come and find out what really floats your boat! Sail cork boats, build Lego cargo carriers and find out how ships float.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems **New for 2017**
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems will be demonstrating its work at the Science and Engineering Festival in Water, Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and the Environment. Showing how we are working as a programme to train furture engineers and scientists to help create a sustainable, clean future and help tackle and solve environmental issues.

Climate Change and Sea Level: Cause and Effect **New for 2017**
Explore the effect of greenhouse gases on the earth’s temperature and how this can be mediated by the ocean how the oceans are now rising due to polar ice melting.

Drag and Flow Visualisation **New for 2017**
See our small water flume measuring drag of different particles and see its’ flow field be estimated via Particle Image Velocimetry.

From Glowing Sea Anemones to Medical Research **New for 2017**
Many sea creatures, such as corals and anemones, contain fluorescent pigments. These pigments absorb light of one colour, and re-emit light of a different colour, making them appear to glow. In this exhibit, you can use specialist torches to see the brilliant fluorescence of sea anemones from UK waters in our ‘underwater’-dome. We will also introduce you to the wide variety of medical applications of these fluorescent pigments.

From Nylon to Nurdles **New for 2017**
ow can we make a solid from a mixture of two liquids? Nylon is a polymer which is used all over the world in the manufacture of many synthetic materials. You can make your very own strand of nylon in our amazing Nylon Rope Trick. Come and have a go!  Microplastics  (microbeads, nurdles, fragments and microfibres) are TINY plastic particles which have become a BIG problem in our oceans. Find out how plastic gets into the ocean, the problems it causes, and what we can do about it.

Human Factors in Engineering **New for 2017**
Come and see how human factors can effect engineering in aviation and transport.

Hydrofoils **New for 2017**
Come and get hand-on with Team Hydro. Learn about foils and sailing equipment.

HYPER Project **New for 2017**
The HYPER (Hybrid Propellant Experimental Rocket) project is a GDP to design, build and test a 4000N rocket engine, with the intention of leading on to a series of future projects that will complete the whole rocket. Explore the engine, understand the physics of thrust and rocketry.

I, Coastal Designer **New for 2017**
Help the coast adapt to rising sea levels! Come along and create a new coastal habitat using a stream table and a water tank; test different designs of breach and tidal channels, and learn more about the coastal management projects in the UK.

Jam at the Junction: Interactive Traffic Simulations **New for 2017**
Jam at the junction! Can you beat the queues and get all cars past the traffic lights faster than everyone else? Interactive traffic simulation for all ages.

Learn Python using Minecraft **New for 2017**
Computer programming is an essential skill in today’s engineering and science. By using PythonTool-mod, developed by NGCM in the University of Southampton, the programming language Python can be used to interactively modify Minecraft worlds in real time.

Lunar Hopper **New for 2017**
Explore the Lunar Hopper project– a partnership between the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and the Spaceflight Society. See our prototype Lunar Lander and get to know everything that went in to the design, build and testing of it.

Ocean of Microbes **New for 2017**
Take a peek into the huge diversity of microbes in the ocean: from the smallest virus to large single celled predators and their prey – bacteria and algae. Witness their variety of shapes, colours and movement using a range of laboratory techniques, including microscopy and cultivation.

Soft Play Area **New for 2017**
New to the festival this year, the Alumni Team have brought you a building blocks soft play area for little ones (under-5’s) to let off a bit of steam.

The AWRA Project **New for 2017**
Tornadoes! Hail storms! Thunder and Lightning! Sounds like a perfect day for flying! Find out about a university project aiming to create an Adverse Weather Research Aircaft suitable of investigating some of the harshest conditions on the planet.

The Atmosphere in a Bottle: How CO2 is Warming the Planet **New for 2017**
Recent headlines have been filled by record breaking temperatures, and since 1859 the role that CO2 plays in heating out planet has been recognised. Here you can see the insulating effect that increased concentrations of CO2 in our atmosphere as a result of burning fossil fuels has on the temperature and climate of the Earth.

Visual Fluid Dynamics
Using special rheoscopic particles in a water tank, we will make fluid flow visible and explain various fluid dynamic phenomena.


Feeding Babies and Feeling Guilty: Philosophy, Infant Feeding & the Mommy Wars
Building 176 Cafe: drop-in discussion from 11:00-12:00
How do you feed your baby?  It seems like a simple question, but emotions run high around infant-feeding decisions.  From formula feeders feeling like everyone is judging them, to breastfeeding mothers who are scared to breastfeed in public.  This activity explores how philosophy might help us end the ‘mommy wars’ about infant feeding.


The Science of Ships
Explore our 138m Towing Tank and get involved in some hands-on demonstrations about ships.