Date & time

Tue, 21 Nov 2023
10:00 - 15:00


King's House Conference Centre, Manchester
King's Church, Sidney Street
Manchester, M1 7HB

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About this day

For A level and IB students

Join us for an exciting day of informative discussions, interactive sessions and inspirational stories that will give your students real insight into the world of physics beyond the classroom. Our experienced speakers are keen to share their expertise on a wide range of topics, from quantum computing to planetary science.

The day will also include a special session on examination success designed to provide students with the tools that they need to excel. With polls and quizzes throughout the day and plenty of opportunities to ask the scientists questions, this event is a must for KS5 physics students! Book now for Physics in Action!

Host: Anna Ploszajski (Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller)

“Wonderful venue, excellent atmosphere! Our pupils were very engaged with all of the talks”

Physics Teacher, March 2023

Programme & speakers

The quantum computing race Nic Harrigan, Physicist, PsiQuantum

Computing forever changed what we are capable of as a species: from arguing across the world, to making Harry Potter fashionable. But equally important applications remain fundamentally impossible for traditional computers. I will explain how quantum computers can change this, and how teams from every corner of the planet are racing to build one.

Nic Harrigan

About Dr Nic Harrigan

With over 15 years exploring the mysteries of quantum mechanics and quantum computing, Nic is only a little less confused than he used to be… Along the way he’s become adept at explaining the bizarre finer details, and how they might help find solutions to otherwise impossible problems.

Everyday Fluid Dynamics Kat Phillips, University of Warwick

Welcome to the wonderfully wacky world of fluid dynamics. Using everyday examples, Kat will introduce the equations that govern all fluid motion, and show how a small change in a mathematical equation can describe a huge range of different fluid phenomena.

Kat Phillips

About Kat Phillips

Kat is a mathematician at University of Warwick working with the Centre for Applications of Mathematics & Computer Science. When she’s not doing research, you can find her promoting maths on twitch, and having conversations about STEM in everyday life.

Baking in Space: when engineering meets desserts Andrew Smyth, Aerospace Engineer and Broadcaster

How can a retro dessert explain how spacecraft safely returns to earth? In this talk, Andrew will explore the curious connections between his career in cutting-edge Aerospace Engineering and the world of baking.

Andrew Smyth

About Andrew Smyth

Andrew is an aerospace engineer, presenter and baker on a mission to whisk up curiosity about engineering through edible means. He is the Executive Producer & judge on Netflix’s Baking Impossible and was a finalist on The Great British Bake Off.

A Solar Symphony: Unearthing the secret vibrations of our Sun Tishtrya Mehta, University of Warwick

Helioseismology, the science of Earthquakes on the Sun, allows us to look inside our Sun and other stars. Using Doppler measurements from telescopes that are as big as a planet, we can listen to the captivating melodies of our Sun and other stars. Discover how these celestial dances reveal incredible insights into a stars composition, structure, and evolution.

Tishtrya Mehta

About Dr Tishtrya Mehta

Tish is an astrophysicist who specialises in helioseismology, the study of the ‘music’ made by stars like the Sun. She also investigates the subtle variations in star brightness, which could unlock insights into space weather and potential threats from the cosmos.

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?

Anna Ploszajski

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.