About this day
A limitless world awaits…
Five sessions of phenomenal physics will be brought to you by the brightest lights in the field in autumn 2017. Join us for a day full of inspiration, challenge and engagement. A special session on examination success will provide students with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
Measuring temperature with sound Michael de Podesta, National Physical Laboratory
Michael will describe his work on the most accurate thermometer ever made – that measures the average speed of molecular motion using sound waves. And then live on stage we will measure the temperature using sound waves: what could possibly go wrong?
About Michael de Podesta
Michael’s wide-ranging research interests concern all aspects of temperature measurement. Michael is a chartered physicist, a member of the Institute of Physics, and in 2009 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Science
How to build a particle accelerator Suzie Sheehy, University of Oxford
Suzie will take us on a journey through the atom smashing world of particle accelerators. With live demonstrations, explore the physics and applications of these incredible machines, from treating cancer, to uncovering the secrets of the Universe.
About Suzie Sheehy
Suzie works at the University of Oxford, where her research interests lie in the areas of particle physics, accelerator physics and their applications including medical and energy applications.
Photo by Charles Henderson
Electrifying the voice Trevor Cox, University of Salford
How does the voice work and how has it been changed by technology? Drawing on examples from opera to hip-hop, I will show how physics, psychology and neuroscience can help explain diverse singing styles.
About Trevor Cox
Trevor is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, an author and radio broadcaster having presented many documentaries on BBC radio and written books for academics and the general public.
The weird world of quantum physics Michael Brooks, Author and broadcaster
Particles that exist in two places at once, spooky telepathic connections, a cat that’s both dead and alive…it sounds like fiction. But the strange sphere of quantum physics is very real – and is even spooking the spooks at GCHQ…
About Michael Brooks
Michael is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, and columnist for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.
Shining light on the brain Gemma Bale, University College London
How could an old-fashioned light bulb revolutionise hospital brain monitoring? Using the physics of light, a bit of engineering and some biology, Gemma will show you how build a machine to measure brain activity and why this technology should be in the hospitals of the future.
About Gemma Bale
Gemma is a medical physicist. She develops optical instruments to monitor metabolism in the brain. She is also working on a public engagement platform called MetaboLight to share her research and encourage the next generation of biomedical engineers.