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Astronomy in the City - Gravitational Waves Special

Date
17/02/2016
Description
An entirely new era of astronomy begins after the detection of gravitational waves. In this special Astronomy in the City, learn about gravitational waves, Einstein's theory of gravity, black holes and how this discovery will change our understanding of the Universe.

Astronomy in the City - 9 March 2016

Date
09/03/2016
Description
Join us for another instalment of the popular Astronomy in the City. 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.

EPS Distinguished Lecture: Professor Dave Charlton

Date
09/03/2016
Description
Professor Dave Charlton, Spokesperson of the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, delivers the next EPS Distinguished Lecture on the future of the world's largest scientific instrument.

IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics

Date
16/07/2017
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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New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, March – June 2015

Description
A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members March – June 2015

Hello from NucSoc

Description
NucSoc is the University of Birmingham's undergraduate Nuclear Society. We aim to provide the nuclear student body with academic support and socials throughout their time at Birmingham. The 2014/15 and 2015/16 committees tell us more.

Shining a light on black holes: Revolutionising our understanding of the universe from the dawn of time

Description
Professor Andreas Freise and the Gravitational Wave Group have been listening in to the universe's 'gravity channel' - ripples in space-time caused by violent cosmic events such as the explosion of stars or the collision of two black holes to revolutionise our understanding of the universe.

LHC experiments are back in business at a new record energy

Description
Geneva, 03 June, 2015. Birmingham physicists eagerly await results as CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) starts to deliver physics data today for the first time in 27 months.

Major research project to detect gravitational waves is underway

Description
A research project to detect gravitational waves, minute ripples in the fabric of space and that were predicted by Einstein, was officially launched on May 19, 2015.

Professor Yvonne Elsworth elected Royal Society Fellow

Description
Congratulations to Professor Yvonne Elsworth on her election as a Fellow of the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world's most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.

What next at the Large Hadron Collider?

Description
It is rare for an academic discipline to double the observable landscape that it's able to study, but that's what's currently happening in particle physics. Over the past two years, around 400 engineers and technicians have together put in about a million hours to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to produce collisions between protons at almost twice the energy previously attained.

Looking for ancient planetary worlds: the search for our roots in the cradle of the Milky Way

Looking for ancient planetary worlds: the search for our roots in the cradle of the Milky Way
Description
A team led by the University of Birmingham's Dr Tiago Campante has discovered Kepler-444, a solar system 117 light years away from Earth. The system, has five Earth-sized planets and dates back to when the Universe was less than 20 per cent of its current age. The research made headlines around the world.

Birmingham astronomers provide commentary to solar eclipse in city centre

Birmingham astronomers provide commentary to solar eclipse in city centre
Description
Staff and students from the School of Physics and Astronomy will be at Birmingham Cathedral in St Philip's Square tomorrow (20 March 2015) to offer a scientific commentary on the eclipse.

SFEN Convention explores future collaboration with UK and France in nuclear energy

Description
Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, represented the UK and the University of Birmingham at the French Society of Nuclear Energy (SFEN) Convention on Thursday 5 March 2015. The French Society of Nuclear Energy (SFEN) is the French hub of knowledge on nuclear energy, bringing together 3600 professionals, engineers, technicians, teachers, students, industrial sites and French nuclear research organisations.
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