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Astronomy in the City

Date
25/01/2017
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.

Can we turn nano-science into a manufacturing industry?

Date
14/02/2017 - 14/03/2017
Description
The fundamentals of nano-science lie in the precise manipulation of atoms and molecules - architecture on the atomic scale.

Mini Big Bangs in ALICE and the CERN LHC

Date
14/03/2017
Description
David Evans, Professor in High Energy Physics, will explain the physics behind the LHC and, in particular, the ALICE Experiment. His talk will include some audience participation and demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and is aimed at all age groups.

EPS Societies' Awards 2017

Date
07/06/2017
Description
Returning for their fourth year, the EPS Societies' Awards are the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' annual celebration of our 24 student groups.

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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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

Birmingham physicist elected UK ATLAS Physics Coordinator

Description
Dr Kostas Nikolopoulos, Birmingham Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected UK ATLAS Physics coordinator.

Proton radiotherapy: hype, fiction and a few facts

Description
Proton beam therapy (or our preferred title of proton radiotherapy), is a form of radiotherapy delivered with beams of high energy protons rather than the more usual beams of high energy x-rays (or less frequently beams of electrons). It is part of the general field of particle radiotherapy that includes use of particles that are heavier than protons. Beams of carbon ions are the main topic for clinical research around the world, although there is also interest in other particles such as helium ions.

Positive news for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences as University celebrates best ever performance in National Student Survey

Description
Birmingham students are more satisfied with their teaching and learning than ever before according to The National Student Survey (NSS) – the most comprehensive measure of student satisfaction within higher education. The success was reflected in the College with the majority of the nine Schools seeing an increase in subject satisfaction. Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science saw outstanding results with 98% overall satisfaction.
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