Date & time

Tue, 3 Dec 2024
10:00 - 15:00


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

Ticket price

£24 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

For A-level, IB, BTEC Level 3 and T Level physics 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 space exploration to particle physics, and to shed some light on various different pathways that exist to a successful science career.

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 and Exam Session: Lewis Matheson (Physics Online)


“An engaging balance of useful physics content and real-world applications and career links.”

— Ripley St Thomas Church of England School —

Programme & speakers

Atoms for Space: Taking Nuclear Science to the Skies Tim Gregory, Nuclear Scientist

Radiation has breathed life into spacecraft for decades. From Moon landers to interstellar voyagers, many of our most beloved missions have been powered by atomic energy. Miniature fission reactors and advanced nuclear batteries will allow humanity to explore the rest of the solar system… and build habitats on the surfaces of other worlds.

Tim Gregory

About Dr Tim Gregory

Tim is a nuclear chemist whose lab work takes him to the forefront of clean energy production, nuclear medicine research, and space exploration. With a PhD in meteorite science he has appeared on BBC4’s The Sky at Night and the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?


Neutrinos: Could these tiny particles explain our Universe Melissa Uchida, Neutrino Group PI, University of Cambridge

Neutrinos are the second lightest particles in the universe and the second most abundant.  They are all around us, yet pass through matter completely unnoticed. This tiny particle has challenged our understanding of particle physics. Discover the nature of neutrinos, the experiments working to understand them, and how they could hold the answer to the biggest questions in the cosmos.

Melissa Uchida

About Dr Melissa Uchida

Melissa is a particle physicist whose research interests include neutrino oscillation experiments and accelerator physics developments towards the Muon Collider.

Don't be in the dark about quantum photonics! Imogen Forbes, PhD Student, University of Bristol

Integrated photonics harnesses the ‘weird’ quantum properties of light. This allows us to use photons as qubits on chips about the size of your thumbnail to generate quantum states and to develop technologies that pave the way for quantum computers!

Imogen Forbes

About Imogen Forbes

Imogen is a PhD student whose research focuses on quantum technologies – designing and testing integrated photonic circuits to generate and verify quantum states, as well as looking at how these can be applied to quantum computation and simulation.

Rubbing people up the wrong way: how friction affects us all! Kate Tomlinson, Tribology Researcher, University of Sheffield

Friction is everywhere! When humans interact with their surroundings, friction with the skin must be carefully considered to care for skin and prevent injury. We will explore all things friction and look at how our research can benefit people.

Kate Tomlinson

About Kate Tomlinson

Kate Tomlinson is a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. Her research crosses many aspects of tribology (friction, wear, and lubrication) and is predominantly focused on improving the environmental impact of rail travel through understanding rail-wheel contact.

Ultrasound: not just for babies Rachel Edwards, University of Warwick

Have you ever wondered how to keep power stations, railways, and rollercoasters safe? Probably not – but non-destructive testing is being performed all the time to try and find defects in structures. Find out how seeing sound can help.

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.