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 2018. 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
Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world Ceri Brenner, Science and Technology Facilities Council
Want to see what happens to stuff when you shoot it with the most powerful laser in the world, or find out how these extreme beams are being applied for cancer treatment or jet engine imaging? We do that too.
About Dr Ceri Brenner
Ceri Brenner is a senior physicist developing innovative imaging and inspection technology for use in medical diagnosis, nuclear waste management and aerospace performance testing.
The future ain’t what it used to be Mark Lewney, Mathematician and physicist
What will the Future be like, and why aren’t astrologers rich? Predicting the future has changed dramatically over the centuries, and modern Quantum Physics and Chaos Theory now tell us that very basic systems cannot be predicted, even in principle.
About Dr Mark Lewney
Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind with Superstring Theory.
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 Dr 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.
Big Bang Simon Singh, Science Writer
Simon will tell the story behind one of the greatest questions in the history of humanity – where did the universe come from? Is the universe eternal or was it created? Is the Big Bang the answer?
About Simon Singh
After a PhD in particle physics, Simon joined BBC TV, working on Tomorrow’s World & Horizon. His BAFTA-winning documentary on Fermat’s Last Theorem led to a No.1 bestselling book. Simon has written four other books, presented radio & TV programs, and created a math website (parallel.org.uk).
How does radiotherapy harness ancient methods to develop cutting-edge cancer treatments? Linnéa Freear, Radiotherapy Physicist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Linnéa will show how radiation is used to kill cancer cells and explain the evolution of radiotherapy to become the feat of technology that it is today, including an introduction to MR-Linac – the ‘holy grail’ of radiotherapy.
About Linnéa Freear
Linnéa helps deliver world-class radiotherapy to cancer patients. She is currently working on a project to get the ground-breaking MR-Linac (one of seven in the world!) up and running.