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


BritGrav 15 public lecture: Gravitational waves—advances towards detection

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein publishing his theory of general relativity. To celebrate this occasion, Professor Jim Hough will give a public talk on gravitational-wave astronomy. The talk is for a general audience with no physics or astronomy background. The lecture is free, but booking is required. Before and after the lecture, there will be refreshments, hands-on demonstrations and the chance to chat with our researchers.


See our Talks and Seminars page.


Poynting Physical Society Update – March 2015

After a successful first term for the Poynting Physical Society with demand high for events, the second term has continued in the same fashion as even more "PPS records" have been broken! Vice-President Ceri Bradshaw tells us more.

Hello from NucSoc

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. Will Moncaster, NucSoc Secretary, tells us more.

Welcome to WISE – Women in Science and Engineering Society

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Society are the newest student group to join the EPS Community. They work to provide as many events and opportunities as possible to members across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences to integrate, form networks and to help inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers. Annabel Fitzgerald tells us more.

Maggie Lieu makes Mars One shortlist

From 202,586 hopefuls, to the 100 would-be astronauts. An astrophysics student studying for a PhD in The School of Physics and Astronomy at Birmingham was named on the shortlist of candidates selected to set up the first human colony on Mars.

Memorandum of Understanding signed with The National Physical Laboratory

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham that will see scientists from both institutes working collaboratively to develop new and exciting research capabilities. This builds on the active and established strong collaboration between both institutes within the Quantum Technology (QT) space.

'Astro-archaeological' discovery of replica solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of Time

Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy.

Birmingham researchers build momentum at CERN with New Physics experiment

Birmingham researchers build momentum at CERN with New Physics experiment
Birmingham Particle Physics research group successfully completed a pilot run of the NA62 experiment at test facility CERN on Monday 15 December 2014. The experiment is a continuation of the very successful charged and neutral program at CERN which started with NA48.

In conversation: arts and science

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

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

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.
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