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


IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics

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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EPS colleague elected Fellow of the Royal Society

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

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

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, November 2013 – March 2014

A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members November 2013 – March 2014

Poynting Physical Society Update, March 2014

Poynting Physical Society Update, March 2014
It's been a busy year for the Poynting Physical Society. Read what Vice-President Ceri Bradshaw and Treasurer Ryan Pepper and have up to.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting delivers the inaugural EPS Distinguished Lecture

On Wednesday 5th March Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Director of the Surrey Space Centre, delivered the first EPS Distinguished Lecture. Students Ceri Bradshaw, Rob Brennan-Craddock and Graham Kirkby summarise the event.

Echoes of the Big Bang

Professor Alberto Vecchio discusses world-leading research into gravitational wave theory.

Newton's constant of gravitation - a physical constant too difficult to measure?

College Best Publication Award for 'Improved Determination of G Using Two Methods'. Professor Clive Speake and coauthors recently published results of a determination of the value of Newton's constant of gravitation, G (Physics Review Letters 111,101102, 2013).

Sounding the stars at Thinktank

Members of the HiROS research group took part in the "Meet the Scientist" outreach event at the Birmingham Thinktank Museum. The group presented a variety of activities related to sound and resonance, results on "sounding stars" with asteroseismology, and a "create your own exoplanet lightcurve" activity, all of which proved popular with children and their parents.

The Anatomy Of A Scientific Rumor

The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the landmark discoveries of 2012 and it will be remembered forever in the history of science. The news was shared around the World within minutes of the CERN announcement. Dr Mirco Musolesi's paper 'The Anatomy of Scientific Rumor' published in Nature Scientific Reports and awarded Best Paper October 2013, presents a study of the spread of communication on Twitter around the time of the announcement and explores the increasingly important role social media takes in the communication of science and in the scholarly debate.

For decades a distant dream, the countdown to nuclear fusion may have finally begun

Dr Paul Norman writes for The Conversation.
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