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OU launches new labs to make science accessible from anywhere

On Tuesday 6 July, OU Physical Sciences researchers will host the inauguration of the OpenSTEM Labs at OU campus in Milton Keynes.

For almost half a century, the OU has been developing the latest digital technology to enhance the learning experience of students. The inauguration of the new remotely-controlled and robotic telescopes, COAST and PIRATE will provide students with an interest in astronomy and space sciences the opportunity to operate professional telescopes as part of their studies, from their laptops, PCs, and smartphones.

The robotic telescopes, based at the Observatorio del Teide on the island of Tenerife, are part of a £5.4 million initiative to develop the OpenSTEM Labs. 50% funded by HEFCE, the OpenSTEM Labs offer an “Internet of Laboratory Things”, which is accessible to distance learning students at all hours.

Senior Lecturer at the School of Physical Sciences, Dr Ulrich Kolb, said: “The marvels of the Universe have always sparked imagination, and our fascination with studying them has really pushed the boundaries of what we can achieve through technological innovation."

If you are attending in person there will be networking, discussion opportunities and refreshments after the event.

The link will be live before the event. If you are viewing the event by livestream, please do take the opportunity to have your questions answered by our speakers live during the event by posting in the comments box.

Find out more about OpenSTEM Labs.

Read about OU research in Space Science.

Dr Ulrich Kolb

Senior Lecturer

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Professional biography