Date & time

Thu, 30 Nov 2017
11:00 - 16:00


University of Salford
Maxwell Building
Salford, M5 4WT

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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 autumn 2017. 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

Measuring temperature with sound Michael de Podesta, Physicist

Michael will describe his work on the most accurate thermometer ever made – that measures the average speed of molecular motion using sound waves. And then live on stage we will measure the temperature using sound waves: what could possibly go wrong?

Michael de Podesta

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.

How to build a particle accelerator Suzie Sheehy, University of Oxford

Suzie will take us on a journey through the atom smashing world of particle accelerators. With live demonstrations, explore the physics and applications of these incredible machines, from treating cancer, to uncovering the secrets of the Universe.

Suzie Sheehy

About Dr Suzie Sheehy

Suzie’s research interests lie in the areas of particle physics, accelerator physics and their applications including medical and energy applications.

Electrifying the voice Trevor Cox, University of Salford

How does the voice work and how has it been changed by technology? Drawing on examples from opera to hip-hop, I will show how physics, psychology and neuroscience can help explain diverse singing styles.

Trevor Cox

About Professor Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at Salford University where he teaches and researches room acoustics and audio.

The weird world of quantum physics Michael Brooks, Author and broadcaster

Particles that exist in two places at once, spooky telepathic connections, a cat that’s both dead and alive…it sounds like fiction. But the strange sphere of quantum physics is very real – and is even spooking the spooks at GCHQ…

Michael Brooks

About Dr Michael Brooks

Michael is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, and columnist for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense.

A picture is worth a thousand words: My life in Medical Imaging Heather Williams, University of Manchester

Senior Medical Physicist Dr Heather Williams will give us a ‘behind the scenes’ view of what these scientists get up to, with a particular focus on her own work on Nuclear Medicine imaging.

Heather Williams

About Dr Heather Williams

Dr Heather Williams is a Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and honorary Lecturer in the Centre for Imaging Sciences at Manchester University.