Rugby 2019

Barriers to physics Jessica Rowson, Institute of Physics For most of history, physicists have been pale and male. Is this changing? Jessica Rowland looked at recent successes and what can be done at a classroom level to encourage participation and progression of all, through contexts, careers and inclusive teaching techniques Notes: What are the barriers? […]

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Rugby 2019

Measurements and processes of the redefinition of 4 SI units Dr. Michael de Podesta National Physical Laboratory https://www.npl.co.uk/people/michael-de-podesta Michael graduated with a BSc from Sussex University in 1981 and then in 1985 completed a DPhil in the electronic properties of metals at cryogenic temperatures. After postdoctoral work at Bristol University, he was appointed a lecturer […]

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The history and future of X-ray astronomy

Professor Andrew Norton andrew.norton@open.ac.uk http://www.open.ac.uk/people/ajn3 Research interests include: General time domain astrophysics, focussing on stellar multiplicity and variability from wide field surveys for transiting exoplanets, especially SuperWASP. Observations and modelling of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variables, in particular multi-wavelength observations of Intermediate Polars and modelling of their accretion flows. Observations and modelling of High Mass X-ray Binaries, […]

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Primary Physics Training Day on Electricity

Dulwich College Thursday 1st November 2018 https://www.ogdentrust.com/about-us/news/a-physics-practical The Ogden Trust aims to increase the uptake of physics for all at post-16, particularly for those from under-represented groups. The Trust supports schools, projects and programmes that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning. Through collaborative partnerships, enrichment and enhancement activities, working with families, developing career […]

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History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 9: Symmetries – On physical and aesthetic argument in the development of relativity Dr Richard Staley https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/people/richard-staley raws1@cam.ac.uk https://www.people.hps.cam.ac.uk/index/teaching-officers/staley Research interests: The history of the physical sciences (broadly construed) from the 19th century to the present. https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-staley-87b676105/?originalSubdomain=uk My notes from the lecture (if they don’t make sense then it is entirely my fault) In […]

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History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 8: Newton’s 1st Law – a history Paul Ranford Paul Ranford is a Chartered Accountant, although more-or-less retired from this career. He is also a tutor for the Open University in Business Studies and Personal Finance, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. About sixteen years ago he discovered a discipline called […]

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