New outreach event!! Wednesday 20th March 2013 4pm – 9pm Physics West, University of Birmingham.
The University of Birmingham’s Particle Physics Group, Gravitational Wave Group and Astronomical Society cordially invite you to attend an evening of discovery on Wednesday the 20th of March from 4pm to 9pm at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus. The event is a part of this year’s National Science and Engineering Week and the University’s Arts and Science Festival.
We encourage adults, families and children of all ages to learn more about the physics of the universe we live in via our hands on activities, lectures and demonstrations. Find out how we use kilometre size experiments and state of the art computer analysis and simulation to discover the invisible forces which influence everything from the smallest subatomic particle to the structure of galaxies.
The following 30 minute talks will be taking place:
17:00: Discovering Black holes with Gravitational Waves by Chiara Mingarelli
17:45: Laser Interferometers and Gravitational Waves by Charlotte Bond
18:30: An introduction to Particle Physics and the Large Hadron Collider by Cristina Lazzeroni 19:15: Astronomy talk: tbc
For more information please contact Miss Katherine Grover, Doctoral Researcher in the Gravitational Wave Group:
Email: kat [at] star.sr.bham.ac.uk Phone: 01214143721
For information on National Science and Engineering Week visit
For more information on the University Science and Arts Festival visit http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/artsandsciencefestival
BBC Stargazing Live 2013
Last night marked the first night of BBC Stargazing Live 2013 at the University of Birmingham :) I also seem to have made it (in picture-form) on season 3 episode 3 of BBC Stargazing Live! I am demonstrating the lycra universe to some kids.
The event went very well at the University. I estimate that we had about 400 people through our display in the physics library over the course of 4 hours. At some points the room was totally packed and people couldn't get in!
I'm really looking forward to Saturday's event, there should be quite a good turnout!
Media interviews at the NAM
Today I went to a "meet the press" lunch at the NAM and met some really interesting people. I also heard some rather alarming comments, like "string theory isn't a theory" from a scientist! I quickly corrected this misconception.
Afterward, a writer from New Scientist approached me about our group's work on PTAs and the famous yet-to-be-published paper. He said to keep him in the loop and he's really excited to work with us on writing an article :)
Later on in the afternoon, Ben from The Naked Scientists asked for an interview for their podcast, and I was more than happy to oblige. I'll put up a link to the podcast when it comes out!
Chiara Mingarelli, science lover.