News and events

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

Events

BritGrav 15 public lecture: Gravitational waves—advances towards detection

Date
21/04/2015
Description
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.
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Birmingham astronomers provide commentary to solar eclipse in city centre

Birmingham astronomers provide commentary to solar eclipse in city centre
Description
Staff and students from the School of Physics and Astronomy will be at Birmingham Cathedral in St Philip's Square tomorrow (20 March 2015) to offer a scientific commentary on the eclipse.

SFEN Convention explores future collaboration with UK and France in nuclear energy

Description
Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, represented the UK and the University of Birmingham at the French Society of Nuclear Energy (SFEN) Convention on Thursday 5 March 2015. The French Society of Nuclear Energy (SFEN) is the French hub of knowledge on nuclear energy, bringing together 3600 professionals, engineers, technicians, teachers, students, industrial sites and French nuclear research organisations.

Birmingham says global demand for 'cold' should be taken seriously with launch of new Policy Commission

Description
The University of Birmingham announces today (16 March 2015) the launch of a new policy commission entitled 'Doing Cold Smarter'. It will investigate how the growing demand for 'cold' and cooling, which is required to address global challenges of hunger, disease and population growth, can be met without causing environmental ruin.

A glimpse into how the weather was foretold in 1886

A glimpse into how the weather was foretold in 1886
Description
John Henry Poynting was the first professor of Physics at Mason College, which later became the University of Birmingham. A few months ago his granddaughter Elizabeth (now aged over 90) visited the University, and Dr Robert Whitworth had the pleasure of showing her items relating to her grandfather in the Department that he had founded.

New Staff in Physics & Astronomy, November 2014 – February 2015

Description
A round-up of new Physics and Astronomy staff members November 2014 – February 2015

AstroSoc Update - March 2015

AstroSoc Update - March 2015
Description
With the new committee taking up the reigns, the future of AstroSoc looks bright with lots of exciting activities and events for people to get involved with. Outgoing Chair Paul Carter tells us more.

Poynting Physical Society Update – March 2015

Description
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

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. Will Moncaster, NucSoc Secretary, tells us more.

Welcome to WISE – Women in Science and Engineering Society

Description
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

Description
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.
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