News and events

News items and events relating to the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Events:

Astronomy in the City

Join us for the final Astronomy in the City of 2014. Learn about astrophysics and astronomy with talks on this month's night sky and current research; a question and answer session with our friendly expert panel, and the chance to observe (weather permitting) with the Astronomy Society's portable telescopes and the University's historic Grubb telescope. A lucky few will have the opportunity to visit the University's Observatory and see its half-metre telescope too. This month, we will have a special, festive-themed talk (as long as everyone's been nice and not naughty).

See our Talks and Seminars page.

News

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, March - July 2014

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A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members March - July 2014

University of Birmingham launches the Rocketry Society

University of Birmingham launches the Rocketry Society
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The University of Birmingham Rocketry Society (UBRS) is the newest and most explosive EPS group yet! Dan Luckett, Maths student and Deputy Director-General, tells us more.

AstroSoc Update - July 2014

AstroSoc Update - July 2014
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It's been an exciting and enjoyable year for the Astronomical Society with a growing portfolio of events and projects. AstroSoc President Paul Carter summarises 2014.

Small nuclear reactors may be the key to a low-carbon future

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Take a hard look at the painful process of de-carbonising the UK's electricity supply, and it's clear that the options on the table are not great.

Dr Elizabeth Blackburn receives early career award from Institute of Physics

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The Institute of Physics announced its 2014 award winners. Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, Reader in Experimental Physics, was awarded the Moseley medal for distinguished early career research in experimental physics.

Birmingham goes 'Beyond the Boson' at the Royal Society

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham are showcasing ground breaking research into the Higgs boson at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014.

School of Physics leads the way on gender equality

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The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has become the tenth Juno Champion after displaying its determination and commitment to addressing gender inequities across its whole student and staff body.

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider

Making Mini Big Bangs at the Large Hadron Collider
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Much has been made of the discovery of the Higgs boson – the elementary particle pivotal to the Standard Model of physics – and rightly so. Yet the so-called 'God particle', hypothesised for so long and finally confirmed in 2012, is responsible for only one per cent of the mass of the visible universe. The other 99 per cent is due to the Strong Force.Professor David Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy, talks about his work at the Large Hadron Collider.

EPS colleague elected Fellow of the Royal Society

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Professor David Charlton has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists and the national Academy of Science in the UK.

Metamaterial - Rewriting the Rules for Optics

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It is the stuff of science-fiction movies, but the idea of an 'invisibility cloak' is not as fantastical as it sounds.
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