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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.

Astronomy in the City

Date
08/03/2017
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.

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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Birmingham particle physicists are pioneering efforts to explain how matter acquires its mass

Description
After discovering the long-sought Higgs boson, Birmingham particle physicists are pioneering efforts to explain how matter acquires its mass.

Physics and Astronomy PhD student wins Hartle Award

Description
A PhD student from the School of Physics and Astronomy has recently won the Hartle Award for the best student talk in her session at the 21st International conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in New York (GR21). The conference was organised under the sponsorships of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.

Na-no way! Scientists see snowman's face in platinum encrusted nanoparticle

Description
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have captured the formation of a platinum encrusted nanoparticle that bears a striking resemblance to a festive snowman. As well as providing some Christmas cheer, the fully functional 'nano-snowman' has applications for providing greener energy and for advancements in medical care.

Singing binaries: listening to the chirps of black holes

Description
In his inaugural lecture Professor Ilya Mandel discussed the detection of gravitational waves and explored the potential research opportunities arising from this revolutionary discovery.

Tests of General Relativity with GW150914

Description
We have produced out-of-this-world evidence to corroborate Einstein's theory of general relativity in a way that has never been done before.

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

Description
The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.

2016 Nobel Prize for Physics given for breakthroughs made at the University of Birmingham

Description
Two former University of Birmingham academics, Professor David Thouless and Professor Mike Kosterlitz, have been recognised by the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work into the discoveries of the properties of matter.

University of Birmingham announces £6m for UK's first Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Description
The University of Birmingham is set to invest £6 million in a new Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy – the first of its kind in the UK.

Strong results for Physics and Astronomy in Times guide

Description
Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham has maintained its sixth position in the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Scientists visualise quantum behaviour of hot electrons for first time

Description
Scientists have, for the first time, identified a method of visualising the quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface. The findings present a promising step forward towards being able to manipulate and control the behaviour of high energy, or 'hot', electrons.
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