DIY Spectrometry - introduction to spectrometry workshop

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"We shall not cease from exploration and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" - T.S. Elliot

There are innumerable ways of knowing the world around us - and some of these way are even at your fingertips! One of these is Spectrometry - knowing substances by their colour signature! Think this is strange? Then RSVP!

New to spectrometry? In this introductory fully hands-on workshop you will learn what a spectral signature is (why things have specific colours) and what it can be used for (e.g. identification of unknown substances). Learn to use a desktop DIY spectrometer and a smartphone spectrometer. Learn how to use the online software for spectral analysis and test some known samples. NOTE: No prior experience required!

What: DIY Spectrometer - introduction to spectrometry

When: 14:00 8 Sept - please arrive on time!

Where: Chadwick Building, room G07, University College London, Gower St. main entrance [google map (]

Why: because citizens without borders go the extra mile to challenge borders and engage with different ways of knowing, understanding and doing!

This is one of four upcoming workshops imparted by the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science ( (PLOTS) here in London as part of our initiative ‘Science has no Borders’: DIY aerial photography (, Make your own DIY kite (, DIY Spectrometer - introduction to spectrometry, and Testing the PLOTS DIY Spectrometer (

PLOTS is a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible 'Do-It-Yourself' (DIY) techniques, Public Laboratory creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment. Through the process of first-hand data creation and analysis, PLOTS community researchers build expertise in critical thinking and technologies with broader application to their role as civic participants.

PLOTS community is made-up of an open community of contributors from around the world (; a set of experimental tools (; a network of local groups (; an open data archive (; free and open source software from map making ( and publishing to spectral analysis (; and a platform to build collaborations.

Questions? Comments? Drop me a line. To learn more about the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (, visit their website: