When Black Holes Collide – TedxBrum 2016

Impact Hub Birmingham recently hosted the fourth TEDxBrum event at Birmingham Town Hall, with the theme for 2016 being ‘Power Of Us’. Professor Alberto Vecchio and Professor Andreas Freise from the School of Physics and Astronomy took to the stage to explain the significance of the recent discovery of gravitational waves.

The University’s gravitational waves research group were also well represented in the exhibition space, running a very successful stand to explain their research to people interested in finding out more following the main talk.

Other high-profile speakers included Simon Willis, the European Managing Director of the website change.org, and Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, while the performers included Midlands singer Mahalia, Kathak dancer Vidya Patel, and The People’s Orchestra.

The day was a tremendous success, with a buzzing atmosphere in the Town Hall and the hashtag #PowerOfUS trending nationally on Twitter. The University are proud to have played a part in this event and hope to strengthen our relationship with Impact Hub Birmingham and TedX in the future.

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum is also hosting a new exhibit which has been created by the Gravitational Waves Research Group. It celebrates the role of Birmingham scientists in detecting gravitational waves, the globally significant finding that will help us to understand and explore the mysteries of our universe.