About this day
For A level and IB students
Five sessions of phenomenal physics will be brought to you by the brightest lights in the field at Physics in Action ONLINE in March! Join us for a day full of inspiration, challenge and experimentation across the breadth of physics. A special session on examination success will provide students with the tools to excel, and there will be plenty of interactivity throughout the day – prepare for polls, quizzes and putting your questions to the scientists at Physics in Action!
Programme & speakers
The First stars: Unveiling the first billion years of our Universe Emma Chapman, Imperial College London
Astronomers have observed a lot of the Universe’s history, from imaging galaxies to visualising an actual black hole. We are missing the first one billion years from the timeline of the Universe though, and we are about to unveil it…
About Emma Chapman
Emma Chapman is an astrophysicist at Imperial College London. She is a world-leading researcher in search of the first stars to exist in our Universe. Emma contributes regularly to television and radio and has written a popular science book, ‘First light’.
Thunderbolts and lightning – are they really frightening? Rhys Phillips, Airbus Group
Rhys will show what happens to aircraft when hit by lightning and explain how we protect against this. He will show exactly what happens in his lightning lab and discuss whether a piggy bank can survive a lightning strike?!
About Rhys Phillips
Rhys Phillips is a research engineer at Airbus Group, and an award winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools and the general public around the world.
A picture is worth a thousand words: My life in Medical Imaging Heather Williams, University of Manchester
Consultant Medical Physicist Dr Heather Williams will give us a ‘behind the scenes’ view of what these scientists get up to, with a particular focus on her own work on Nuclear Medicine imaging.
About Heather Williams
Dr Heather Williams is a Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and honorary Lecturer in the Centre for Imaging Sciences at Manchester University.
Resistance is futile: the science of superconductors Andrew Steele, Cancer Research UK
From super-fast, levitating trains to super-powerful magnets which allow us to see inside the body, Andrew will take us on a tour of the cutting edge of superconductor physics.
About Andrew Steele
Andrew is a scientist, presenter, and author of Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old. He has a PhD in physics, worked as a computational biologist, and talks about science on TV, radio and YouTube.