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 in spring 2020. 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. We look forward to welcoming you to Physics in Action this year!
Programme & speakers
Astrobiology - the hunt for alien life Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster
Which other planets and moons might provide the right conditions for the development of simple life beyond the Earth? How do we land a probe on the surface of Mars, or detect new worlds orbiting other stars in the galaxy?
About Professor Lewis Dartnell
Lewis is an astrobiologist studying how microbial life might persist on the surface of Mars. He appears regularly on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery channels.
Shedding light on the brain with medical physics Clare Elwell, University College London
Clare will discuss her research (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) using optical brain imaging to investigate the effects of malnutrition in infants in rural Africa.
About Professor Clare Elwell
Clare Elwell is Professor of Medical Physics at UCL. She leads a large research team developing novel optical techniques to image the brain.
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, Trevor shows how physics, psychology and neuroscience can help explain diverse singing styles.
About Professor Trevor Cox
Trevor is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, an author and radio broadcaster.
Exploring the invisible universe Jen Gupta, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth
We see only a tiny fraction of all there is in our possibly-infinite universe. Jen will look at the universe in different wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum, and explore some of the unsolved mysteries facing astrophysicists and cosmologists today.
About Dr Jen Gupta
Jen Gupta is an astrophysicist who loves to talk about how awesome space is with anyone who will listen!
The SI redefined Michael de Podesta, Physicist
2019 sees changes to the definitions of the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole, four of the seven ‘SI’ units. Michael explains these changes and why, even though you probably didn’t even notice anything, you should be happy about them.
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.