London – Physics

Tuesday 6th February 2018

10.45am to 3.30pm
Friends House

plus two examiner sessions

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Prof Jim Al-Khalili

On Quantum Life:  How Physics can revolutionise Biology 

He is professor of physics at the University of Surrey and also has a chair in the Public Engagement of Science. He won a Faraday prize for science communication. His documentaries include Order and Disorder, Everything and Nothing, Chemistry: A Volatile History and The Secrets of the Quantum Universe on the BBC. He is also the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series, The Life Scientific. He is the author of several science books, including Paradox: The nine greatest enigmas in science and Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science and most recently Life on the Edge: The Coming Age of Quantum Biology. His lecture will get to grips with one of the deepest questions mankind has ever asked.

Dr Helen Czerski

From Bubbles to Oceans: the big wide World of Fluid Dynamics
She is a physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster, based at University College London and is a presenter for the BBC. Her time in the laboratory is spent carrying out experiments to study the fundamental physics of coated bubbles, something which also leads her out to sea to catch the bubbles in action. Her research has ranged from experimental explosives physics to her current work on bubbles and fluid dynamics, stemming from a fascination with the world of small-scale phenomena.

Dr Michael Brooks

On Time

Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist and writes  a weekly column for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

Dr Andrew Pontzen

On dark matter and dark energy

He is a lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London, focussing on galaxy formation and computational cosmology, as well as some early-Universe physics. He is also a musician and experienced science communicator.

Dr Suzie Sheehy

On particle accelerators and how they’ve changed our lives

She is an accelerator physicist whose research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy. After finishing her degree in her native Australia in 2006, she completed a DPhil at Oxford, for which she worked on designing a new type of particle accelerator for cancer treatment using protons and light ions. Since 2016, she has been working on high power hadron accelerators at the University of Oxford.