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
The secrets of particle accelerators 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
Materials for the 21st century Mark Miodownik, University College London
The distinction between living and non-living things is becoming blurred and is likely to usher in a new materials age. Bionic people with synthetic organs, bones and even brains will be the norm. Just as we are becoming more synthetic, our man-made environment is changing to become more lifelike – living buildings and objects that heal-themselves are on the horizon.
About Mark Miodownik
Prof Miodownik is a materials engineer. He was included in the The Times 2010 list of the top 100 most influential people in science. He is a Chartered Engineer and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His book Stuff Matters was published in June 2013 and won the Royal Society Winton Prize.
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.
Einstein's greatest mistake David Bodanis, Author and science communicator
All of us make mistakes. But what happens when a genius does? The talk looks at how einstein went wrong…and what lessons we can draw from it for our ordinary lives.
About David Bodanis
David Bodanis is a recovering academic, who taught ‘The Intellectual Tool-Kit’ course at Oxford for many years. Now he mostly writes books, with a strange fascination for German physicists with wild hair.