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
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.
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.
Shedding light on the brain with medical physics Clare Elwell, University College London
Clare will discuss her research (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) using optical brain imaging to investigate the effects of malnutrition in infants in rural Africa.
About Clare Elwell
Clare Elwell is Professor of Medical Physics at UCL. She leads a large research team developing novel optical techniques to image the brain. She is involved in the admissions, teaching and tutoring of physics, medical physics and medical students.