Date & time

Fri, 8 Dec 2017
11:00 - 16:00


Friends House, London
173 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BJ

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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.

The secrets of particle accelerators 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.

Materials for the 21st century Mark Miodownik, University College London

Just as we are becoming more synthetic, our man-made environment is changing to become more lifelike – living buildings and objects that heal-themselves are on the horizon. Join Mark to discover the future!

Mark Miodownik

About Professor Mark Miodownik

Prof Miodownik is a materials engineer. His book Stuff Matters won the Royal Society Winton Prize. 

Shining light on the 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.

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.

Einstein's greatest mistake David Bodanis, Author and science communicator

All of us make mistakes. But what happens when a genius does? The talk looks at how einstein went wrong…and what lessons we can draw from it for our ordinary lives.

David Bodanis

About Dr David Bodanis

David Bodanis is a recovering academic, who taught ‘The Intellectual Tool-Kit’ course at Oxford. Now he writes books, with a strange fascination for German physicists with wild hair.