Professor Brian Cox records new educational film at Mogden sewage works

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A Professor Brian Cox educational film shot at Thames Water’s Mogden sewage works has been launched by the Royal Society.

The celebrity physicist behind BBC’s Wonders of the Universe is guided through the sewage treatment process by site manager Waleed Janjua, and explains the role of filtration in making dirty waste water clean enough to be put into the River Thames.

The short film is designed to help primary school teachers introduce creative experimental science lessons into their classrooms and is one in a set of six ‘Brian Cox School Experiments’ videos aimed at Key Stage 2 students (age 7-11 years).

Prof Cox said: “I have been delighted to be involved in filming these video resources. If we want to produce the scientists and engineers of tomorrow, we need to inspire young people by putting creative experimentation at the heart of the science curriculum.”

Professor Brian Cox at Mogden

Mogden sewage works, in Isleworth, west London, is the second largest in the UK and serves around 2.4 million people. More than half of the power used by the plant is renewable energy that has been generated on site as part of the sewage treatment process.

Speaking about his encounter with Prof Cox, Mogden manager Waleed said: “He seemed blown away by what we do. Putting the sewage treatment process into simple terms for school pupils was a different challenge for me, but it was a fun one.

“I really hope it will inspire more children to consider careers in science and more specifically in the water industry. It’s an exciting place to be and offers a massive range of opportunities.”

The video is available to watch on YouTube now, and Waleed added: “Although the video is really for schools, I’m pretty sure it will be fascinating for adults too as so many people have never given any thought to what happens to the stuff they flush down their sinks and toilets. It’s a great insight into our world and is well worth a watch.”

Thames Water treats and returns safely to the environment a staggering 4.4 billion litres of wastewater from 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley every day.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.