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! Join us during British Science Week for a day full of inspiration, challenge and experimentation across the breadth of physics. There will be plenty of interactivity throughout the day – prepare for polls, quizzes and putting your questions to the scientists!
Physics in Action will be chaired by A-Level Physics Online’s Lewis Matheson, who will also present a session on Examination Success that will provide students with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
The Accidental Materials Scientist Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller
This is the story of an accidental materials scientist; accidentally studying materials science instead of physics at university, accidentally breaking stuff, accidentally leaving a microscope slide on a shelf for nine months and making a huge accidental discovery. My dad always tells me ‘you make your own luck’, but what if it all just happened by accident?
About Dr Anna Ploszajski
Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.
The First Stars: Unveiling the first billion years of our Universe Emma Chapman, University of Nottingham
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 Dr 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’.
Is it possible to live a carbon-zero life? Michael de Podesta, Physicist
Reaching net-zero as a society will require all kinds of changes, and many of these will directly affect the way we live our day-to-day lives. This talk focuses on the Physics and Engineering underpinning some of the technologies that will be central to making it possible to live low-carbon lives: Insulation, Heat Pumps, Solar Photovoltaic Panels and Domestic Batteries.
About Dr Michael de Podesta
Before retirement, Michael was a measurement specialist at the National Physical Laboratory. Since retirement he has focused on the encouraging urgent action on climate change. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and in 2009 received an MBE for Services to Science.
Fusion Energy: How to Build a Star in a Doughnut Leah Morgan, Project Engineer and Science Communicator
Fusion energy engineers are trying to build a star in a doughnut that can power the world. Learn all about fusion energy research and what the future of energy will look like.
About Leah Morgan
Leah Morgan is a project engineer and science communicator working in fusion energy research at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. She makes science and engineering videos on her YouTube channel Leah Morgan and gives talks all about the energy of the future!
Grey Matter Jon Wood, Science Presenter
Take the historical journey of the study of electrophysiology, the melting pot where biology, chemistry and physics collide in the crucible of applied engineering. The science is simple, yet its application has led us to astounding truths about ourselves.
About Jon Wood
Jon is a science communicator, with specialisms in engineering, biomedical sciences, psychology and neuroscience. He writes science shows and performs them at festivals, whether focused on science or not.