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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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Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

Description
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

The hunt is on for gravitational waves

Description
Birmingham physicists have designed and built components for the most sensitive instruments in the world called Advanced LIGO, and developed the techniques essential to tease out the signatures of gravitational waves from the data.

My week at the Baikonur Cosmodrome - with Professor Mike Cruise

Description
As UK astronaut Tim Peake makes his landmark flight to the ISS, Professor Cruise will be providing us a daily update from the launch site in Kazakhstan.

Nuclear Decommissioning requires education and training to advance future talent in the sector

Nuclear Decommissioning requires education and training to advance future talent in the sector
Description
The decommissioning of nuclear facilities is growing worldwide, creating job opportunities at all educational levels. Nuclear decommissioning is the industrial process of dismantling and decontaminating nuclear facilities and site remediation, removing them from regulatory control.

Swarovski collaborate with University of Birmingham physicists

Swarovski collaborate with University of Birmingham physicists
Description
Swarovski, have collaborated with researchers from the Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON) project in School of Physics and Astronomy to develop a soundscape inspired by the sun.

LISA Pathfinder en route to gravitational wave demonstration

Description
The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder lifted off earlier today on a Vega rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its way to demonstrate technology for observing gravitational waves from space.

Women in Science and Engineering - November 2015

Women in Science and Engineering - November 2015
Description
It's been a busy start to the year for the Women in Science and Engineering Society (WISE). The committee tell us more.

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. President Luke Rollings and Secretary Rob Arnold tell us more about their start to the year.

Professor Shuang Zhang awarded Royal Society research accolade

Professor Shuang Zhang awarded Royal Society research accolade
Description
Professor Shuang Zhang from the School of Physics and Astronomy has received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work in metamaterials and plasmonics.

AstroSoc Update - November 2015

AstroSoc Update - November 2015
Description
It's been a fantastic start to the new year for AstroSoc. Chair Sophie Meredith tells us more.
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