COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Due to the advice issued by the UK Government regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all CSES events are cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to publish full details of planned events as we will aim to reschedule. We are still working on future Essex 2020 / centenary events and will run these when we can. Where appropriate, please continue to register your interest for events so that we can contact you when we are able to hold them.

Thank you for your understanding and best wishes for the coming months.

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Imagine! Returns with 2020 Masterclasses

Imagine! Returns with 2020 Masterclasses

Our hit STEM Club is back with an expanded programme for Essex 2020

After the successful launch of our Imagine! STEM Club in 2019, we are very excited to announce an expanded programme of masterclasses that we will run throughout the school holidays in 2020.

Follow the links to our events pages or read on for further details...

This is part of Essex 2020 – a Year of Science and Creativity.

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Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Featuring Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon (CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society)

Listen to the podcast on the Essex 2020 website here

CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society have recorded a podcast for Essex 2020, part of a series which goes behind the scenes of the UK's biggest celebration of science and creativity. In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex's past, present and future.

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20 surprsing and inspiring inventions from Essex

20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex

Essex 2020 is officially launched with address from CSES

At the Essex 2020 launch event, held at Teledyne e2v on 20 January 2020, CSES Vice President Adam Wood talked about 20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex.

As well as the big names there are some things that you may not know came from Essex, and we are pleased to promote these in collaboration with Essex 2020 and BBC Essex. The diversity and significance of these, and other, inventions from our county is truly both surprising and inspiring!

Read on to be fascinated by the list of 20 inventions. If you know of any others, please tell us as we are collecting a catalogue of Essex inventions throughout 2020.

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Our Essex 2020 season

Our Essex 2020 season

Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion the Society, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, bid to host the British Science Festival. We were successful in bringing this international festival to Essex for the first time its 189-year history.

The occasion inspired Essex Partners to launch Essex 2020 – a Year of Science and Creativity to mark this prestigious event.

We are therefore very pleased to announce our programme of special Essex 2020 events. Read on or see our events pages to find out what we've got planned.

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FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

We are pleased to advise that our partners, Braintree District Council, are working with Facebook to deliver a FREE Digital Skills training course in November in Braintree. Details are below and bookings can be made on the Eventbrite page. This event is open to anyone and we look forward to seeing you there!

Are you equipped with the digital and soft skills necessary to thrive in the new economy?

Whether you are a start-up founder, executive, manager, employee or student who is about to begin your journey into the world of work, the skills you need to prosper and thrive in today’s digital world have changed.

New technology is being developed at lightning speeds and yet the growth of the necessary digital and soft skills has not kept pace with the ever-accelerating digital economy. This digital skills gap could cost the UK economy £141 billion in GDP growth according to Accenture.

Great news! The FREE Digital Skills Workshop by Facebook (in partnership with Buzzstart Academy) is coming to Braintree Campus on Tuesday 19th November to help equip you with some of the fundamental digital skills needed in the new economy and you are invited!

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Volunteer mentors sought for local engineering challenge with Teledyne e2v

Mentors sought for Teledyne e2v schools' engineering challenge

Are you able to help for 5 evenings in Nov and Dec 2019?

Teledyne e2v (Te2v) and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) are launching an engineering challenge that will see local schools working with Te2v apprentices and CSES volunteers to develop prototype solutions to real engineering problems faced by Te2v production staff.

This will be a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be run annually. We are starting with a small number of local schools and need CSES volunteers to help the apprentices to mentor the student teams.

Can you help? Remember that any time spent volunteering counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

We are pleased to inform you that due to the success of the Facebook Digital Skills workshop, our partners Braintree District Council are now hosting a Google Digital Garage! This opportunity is also open to anyone.

Get new skills for a digital world! Braintree District Council are partnering with Google Digital Garage to offer FREE training to help grow your career or business.

Join the session at Colchester Institute (Braintree Campus) on Tuesday 17 December and take part in up to three workshops.

Register now for your FREE place via Eventbrite. This is an opportunity not to be missed: tickets are limited to 60 per session.

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Welcome to our 2019-2020 season!

Welcome to our 2019-2020 season!

Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity

The coming year (2020) is a big one for Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES): it's our centenary. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the first radio entertainment broadcast by Dame Nellie Melba from the Marconi works at New Street, and the exciting news that Chelmsford will be hosting the 2020 British Science Festival.

All of this is brought together as Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity.

CSES will be holding its usual programme of talks, socials and school activities, but look out for more events throughout the year as the celebrations take place. With our partner organisations we will be holding special events, some of which will continue in the future.

Our events pages have all the details.

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Launch report of Imagine!

The Imagine! STEM Club is a new CSES/ARU event for school students and young people

The inaugural launch of the Imagine! STEM Club took place at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Chelmsford campus over three days (29-31 July 2019). Over twenty students aged between 12 and 15 attended with an approximate 50% male-female ratio.

CSES Imagine! STEM Club was conceived and planned in consultation with ARU and Essex County Council (ECC) with the aim of promoting STEM learning and career options to young local school students and home-schooled students. CSES Council Member Bob Easby drafted the programme together with Professor David Humber from ARU, who were keen to show off their new £4 Million SuperLab, and Ed Bye, a CSES member who works with Schools and ECC providing specialist STEM support. The interactive practical sessions were delivered in the SuperLab by David Humber, Bob himself and Paul Cotton the SuperLab Manager at ARU, with some additional help and support from some enthusiastic ARU Ambassadors.

Students undertaking urine analysis in the SuperLab
Students undertaking urine analysis in the SuperLab 

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