Astronomy in the City - Gravitational Waves Special

Elgar Concert Hall in the Bramall Music Building (R12)
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research, Students, Teaching
Wednesday 17th February 2016 (18:30-20:30)
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Discovery 100 years after Einstein's prediction: entirely new era of astronomy begins!

Important note: Due to popular demand this event has moved to the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building (R12 on campus map).

Scientists from our School of Physics and Astronomy have, as part of the global LIGO Scientific Collaboration, confirmed a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity through the detection of gravitational waves!

We are delighted to present you with an opportunity to hear from our key academics who have been at the forefront of developing the new field of gravitational-wave astronomy.

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.

We hope you are as excited as about the detection – and our event – as we are!

Cost: Free
Location: Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall. Building R12 on campus map


  • 18:30 Doors open
  • 19:00 Welcome to the University of Birmingham
  • 19:05 Gravitational waves from a merging binary black hole
  • 19:45 Ask-the-expert question and answer
  • 20:15 Post-talk activities, games and chance to chat with our researchers

All levels of astronomical knowledge (of lack thereof) are welcome; the event is aimed at secondary school age and above (year 7+), but younger children are welcome.