News and events

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

Events

BritGrav 15 public lecture: Gravitational waves—advances towards detection

Date
21/04/2015
Description
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein publishing his theory of general relativity. To celebrate this occasion, Professor Jim Hough will give a public talk on gravitational-wave astronomy. The talk is for a general audience with no physics or astronomy background. The lecture is free, but booking is required. Before and after the lecture, there will be refreshments, hands-on demonstrations and the chance to chat with our researchers.
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News

Memorandum of Understanding signed with The National Physical Laboratory

Description
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham that will see scientists from both institutes working collaboratively to develop new and exciting research capabilities. This builds on the active and established strong collaboration between both institutes within the Quantum Technology (QT) space.

'Astro-archaeological' discovery of replica solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of Time

Description
Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy.

Birmingham researchers build momentum at CERN with New Physics experiment

Birmingham researchers build momentum at CERN with New Physics experiment
Description
Birmingham Particle Physics research group successfully completed a pilot run of the NA62 experiment at test facility CERN on Monday 15 December 2014. The experiment is a continuation of the very successful charged and neutral program at CERN which started with NA48.

In conversation: arts and science

Description
Caroline Devine (our Leverhulme Artist in Residence) and Professor Bill Chaplin have taken part in a workshop co-organized by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Cultural Value Project and Science in Culture Theme, together with the Arts@CERN project. "In conversation: arts and science" explores interactions between artists and scientists, with an emphasis on how collaborations could potentially influence actual practice in each of the respective disciplines.

90% of School of Physics and Astronomy's research outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent

Description
The School of Physics and Astronomy's performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system for assessing the quality of research in the UK higher education institutions, has highlighted that 90% of research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

In Conversation: Exploring Art and Science Collaborations

Description
Professor Bill Chaplin took part in a workshop co-organized by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Cultural Value Project and Science in Culture Theme.

Appointment of Professor Ted Darby, Rolls-Royce, to Honorary Visiting Chair in "Nuclear Reactor Materials"

Appointment of Professor Ted Darby, Rolls-Royce, to Honorary Visiting Chair in "Nuclear Reactor Materials"
Description
In recognition of Ted Darby's leadership in nuclear materials and contribution to marine reactor safety the University of Birmingham has appointed him to an Honorary Visiting Chair in Nuclear Reactor Materials in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.

Government funding will allow quantum technology industry to flourish in UK

Description
We are on the way to creating a UK 'Quantum Valley', which, similar to Silicon Valley in the US, will provide an ecosystem of supply chain industries, skilled workforce and educated end users in which a multi-billion-pound quantum technology industry can flourish.

Exploiting the 'spooky effects' of quantum mechanics: physicists receive £80 million in funding

Description
A consortium led by physicists at the University of Birmingham including the Universities of Glasgow, Nottingham, Southampton, Strathclyde and Sussex have been awarded a UK Quantum Technology Hub with a total EPSRC, University and industry contribution exceeding £80 million to translate their work in quantum sensors into technology that could help industry solve many problems.

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, July - October 2014

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