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IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics

Date
16 - 20/07/2017
Description
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is delighted to announce that the 6th conference in this series will be hosted by Birmingham, UK. The conference will be held in July 2017 at the University of Birmingham, organised in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick. Having all been awarded Juno Champion status by IOP, the three universities' physics departments are strongly committed to promoting diversity and look forward to being fully involved in the conference.
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Singing binaries: listening to the chirps of black holes

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In his inaugural lecture Professor Ilya Mandel discussed the detection of gravitational waves and explored the potential research opportunities arising from this revolutionary discovery.

Tests of General Relativity with GW150914

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We have produced out-of-this-world evidence to corroborate Einstein's theory of general relativity in a way that has never been done before.

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

Description
The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.

2016 Nobel Prize for Physics given for breakthroughs made at the University of Birmingham

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Two former University of Birmingham academics, Professor David Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz, have been recognised by the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work into the discoveries of the properties of matter.

University of Birmingham announces £6m for UK's first Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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The University of Birmingham is set to invest £6 million in a new Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – the first of its kind in the UK.

Strong results for Physics and Astronomy in Times guide

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Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has maintained its sixth position in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Scientists visualise quantum behaviour of hot electrons for first time

Description
Scientists have, for the first time, identified a method of visualising the quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface. The findings present a promising step forward towards being able to manipulate and control the behaviour of high energy, or 'hot', electrons.

A tight squeeze for electrons – quantum effects observed in 'one-dimensional' wires

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Researchers have observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional 'quantum wires' and observing the interactions between them. The results could be used to aid in the development of quantum technologies, including quantum computing.

European Research Council grant awarded to support Higgs boson research

Description
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Konstantinos Nikolopoulos from the School of Physics and Astronomy a grant of €1.5M to support further research into the Higgs boson.

Bright sparks discovered via University's project with Birmingham Girls School

Description
The value of studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at 'A' Level has been shown to boost girls' potential earning power by as much as 33%. Encouraging girls to study these subjects at A level has been a long term focus of government policy since 2010.
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