Date & time

Thu, 3 Mar 2022
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW
or Online

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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 this spring!  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!

Physics in Action will again be held both in person and live streamed ONLINE, and will be chaired by A-Level Physics Online’s Lewis Matheson, who will also present a session on Examination Success.

Programme & speakers

body x movement = thrill Brendan Walker, Founder Director of Thrill Laboratory and Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex University

Discover how to generate G-Force on an amusement ride, and its relationship to thrill; why the first loop-the-loop coaster had a nurse on permanent standby; and what delights a simulator’s six degrees of micro-motion can bring to future rides.

Brendan Walker

About Professor Brendan Walker

Brendan Walker is a Renaissance Showman – a technology-inspired performance artist described by The Times as “the world’s only Thrill Engineer”. He originally trained and worked as an aeronautical engineer, before practicing as a digital artist and ride designer. He is Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex University and an established TV broadcaster.

What We Don't Know About the Universe Chris Lintott, University of Oxford

Modern astronomy has made spectacular progress in understanding the physics of the Universe. In this talk, Chris will focus on the big questions that these discoveries raise – and the instruments and space probes that will resolve them in the decades to come.

Chris Lintott

About Professor Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, and is Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse citizen science project. He is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long running Sky at Night program and author of ‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’.

Resistance is futile: the science of superconductors Andrew Steele, Scientist, author and presenter

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.

Andrew Steele

About Dr 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.

Lighting the way to a healthy brain Gemma Bale, University of Cambridge

How could an old-fashioned light bulb revolutionise hospital brain monitoring? Gemma will show you how build a machine to measure brain activity and why this technology should be in the hospitals of the future – using live demos and lots of audience participation!

Gemma Bale

About Dr Gemma Bale

Gemma is a medical physicist. She develops optical instruments to monitor the brain, both its activity and health, in spaces where conventional brain monitors won’t fit.

Using Sound to Prevent Disasters Rachel Edwards, University of Warwick

Sound isn’t just for speech and music – it can be useful in lots of different areas. This talk will look at how sound travels through different materials, and how we can use that to listen for far-off trains, make better drinks cans, and find problems in theme park rides. We’ll see how to make a drum-kit out of semiconductors, and how to use liquid crystals to see sound.

Rachel Edwards

About Dr Rachel Edwards

Rachel is a physicist who researches novel uses of ultrasound. She is also Associate Academic Director of the Warwick Institute of Engagement and loves sharing her passion for physics in the real world with audiences of all ages.