Institute of Physics (IOP) - Evening Lectures 2017-18

The Institute of Physics and West Midlands Physics Teachers’ Centre lectures hope to provide a varied programme, which will be of interest to students studying GCSE  and A-level physics and to anyone with a general interest in the subject. All are very welcome to attend.

All the lectures are free of charge and apart from the Special Events, no tickets are required - just turn up! Tea and coffee will be provided from 18:30 in the Coffee Lounge of the Poynting Building, second floor. Unless stated otherwise, all evening lectures start at 19:30.

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Physics Building, second floor.

Up to date details and maps of the University can be found on the University web site.

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Please download the IoP evening lecture programme 2017-18.

Special Events that require advance booking

(300 free tickets per event)

Tickets for special events are free but must be booked online. Once a ticket is booked, you will receive a confirmation email.  You will need to have evidence of your confirmation email (print, or smart phone, etc.) and bring this with you on the day.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow entrance to the Lecture Theatre without seeing confirmation. Ticket availability is limited to one per person; block-booking is not allowed on the system.  If you are a teacher please encourage your students to book their own tickets on line.  If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know (email Linda Rogers) so that we can release your ticket to someone else.

Christmas Lecture: Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 19:30 

Prof Murray Campbell "Why does a brass instrument sound brassy?

The shocking truth revealed!"


Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Poynting Physics Building, second floor.

Admission by (free) ticket only; refreshments available from 18:30.

Yellow, trumpet-like, musical instrumentMusical wind instruments are conventionally divided into two
families, the woodwinds and the brasses. Despite these names, the
characteristics which distinguish brass instruments, such as the trumpet and
trombone, from woodwinds, such as the flute and clarinet, have nothing to do
with the material of construction. This talk explores the science of brass instruments,
with many demonstrations including instruments made from paper, horn, wood and
plastic. High speed photography, artificial lips and Schlieren optical
visualisation of sound waves are among the techniques which have been used to
reveal the underlying physics of brass instrument behaviour.  

Please book your free Christmas Lecture ticket from September 2017 here