Find out about physics events organised by our members across the UK and Ireland. They are listed in in date order, with the nation or branch.

Our events offer thought-provoking content and networking opportunities, creating a unique experience in the physics community and beyond. They are designed to:

  • inspire
  • inform
  • engage
  • empower

Unless stated, all are free and you do not need to book your place. For group events please visit our conferences page or subscribe to get updates.

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    IOP London

    Time Tries All Things film installation by artist and filmmaker Grace Weir

    21 January to 29 March 2019 Monday to Friday, 9am - 7pm, free entry

    The Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU

    Artist and filmmaker: Grace Weir

    Time Tries All Things is a new film installation exploring time and our relationship with it. The piece has been specially commissioned to inaugurate IOP's new building and gallery space in King’s Cross London.

    Find out more about the exhibition



    Edinburgh Public Lecture - Label-Free Micro-Imaging

    19 February, 7.30pm 

    Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

    Presenter: Professor David D Sampson (University of Surrey/University of Western Australia) 

    Label-free micro-imaging in medicine and biology with optical coherence tomography.

    • 7pm: Refreshments
    • 7.30pm: Lecture

    Read the abstracts

    Email for more details



    Chasing the Dragon

    19 February, 7.30pm

    Room 257, The Kelvin Building, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Glasgow, G12 8SU

    Presenter: Professor Sir Michael Berry from the University of Bristol. 

    Tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere. 

    Email for more information.


    South West Branch

    A Family Tree of Stars in our Milky Way

    Tuesday 19 February 2019, 7pm

    Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE

    Presenter:  Payel Das, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

    In recent years we have learned much about the structure of our Milky Way. Stars form:

    • the central spheroidal bulge
    • a surrounding thin disc
    • a second thick disc
    • the extensive low-density stellar halo

    There is also a massive halo of dark matter.

    The origins of these components are hotly debated. The thick disc may have formed in a single violent event, like a merger with another massive galaxy about eight billion years ago. The thin disc may have been steadily forming stars until the present day. The stellar halo is thought to primarily comprise 'alien' stars, stripped from dwarf galaxies that came too close to the Milky Way.

    Clues to these origins may be found in the chemical abundances of individual stars. These depend on:

    • the age of the star
    • the location of its birth in the galaxy
    • the changing properties of the galaxy itself

    The inheritance of material from previous generations of stars allows us to treat these stellar properties as stellar DNA and borrow methods from evolutionary biology.

    A presentation on the latest results in an exciting new approach to help unravel the turbulent history of our Milky Way. There will be a focus on an unprecedented dataset for a billion stars from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission.

    • 7pm: Tea and coffee
    • 7.30pm: Talk

    Non-members Welcome – Admission Free

    Email Dr David Webb at for more information


    Physics Pub Quiz

    20 February, 7pm

    The Vagabond, Whitehaven

    We are inviting people to get together in teams and take part. The quiz will be a standard quiz format with a wide range of topics. It's a great chance to network with some of your peers in the area so come along, grab some pizza, and have a chat.

    Non-members welcome – admission free



    IOP Ireland

    Let There Be Light: The 100 Year Journey to Fusion

    20 February, 7pm

    Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB

    Cost: £5

    Film screening with introduction by Brendan Dromey, Centre for Plasma Physics at Queen’s University Belfast

    Nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of energy for many decades now. It’s the process that drives stars, the ultimate source of energy in the universe. The possibility that fusion might be achievable on Earth as an energy source has driven scientists to the edge of reason for almost a century. 

    As part of Second Chance Cinema at the NI Science Festival, Brendan Dromey will introduce this fascinating documentary and take part in a Q+A following the showing.

    Part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival

    Buy tickets 

    London and South East

    The Missing Satellite Problem – Where Are All the Galaxies?

    20 February 2019, 6.30pm

    Institute of Physics, 37, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9BU.

    Presenter: Dr Olivia Keenan, SEPnet

    State of the art computer simulations of our Universe currently over predict the amount of dwarf galaxies by a factor of 10. As astronomers we need to understand why this discrepancy has come about, and whether it is due to problems with simulations, observations, or both.

    One potential solution is that these galaxies could be hidden, ‘dark galaxies’. Dark galaxies are galaxies which are gas dominated, with few to no stars. There have been many dark galaxy candidates. However, so far none of these has been confirmed.

    Another solution is that the galaxies are star dominated but extremely faint and hard to detect in crowded, large field surveys. If so, these galaxies could be detected using a combination of their physical properties to separate them from background field galaxies. In this talk I will discuss work on this topic, and how this has contributed to understanding the missing satellite problem.

    Email: for more information.


    North East

    Late Cosmology: How Stars and Black Holes Emerged from Primordial Gas, and How We Can Spot Them

    21 February 2019, 7pm. Refreshments from 6.30pm.

    Ph 8, Rochester Building, Department of Physics, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE

    Presenter: Dr Sarah Bosman, University College London

    Cosmology is concerned with the origin of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe. How do we find out, and how far back can we reach? Dr Bosman will outline the latest findings along the cosmological timeline, and give a tour of the most distant 'things' have dug up: stars and black holes from when the Universe was less than 5% of its current age.

    There is no need to register, you can just come along. 

    Email: for more information.


    IOP Ireland

    Physics Busking

    22 February, 6.30-10.30pm
    Cost: £6

    23 February, 2019, 10am - 4pm
    Free with admission in to the Ulster Transport Museum

    Ulster Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Rd Holywood BT18 0EU

    There are two chances to catch the buskers at the Northern Ireland Science Festival. This year the physics busking will take place in the Transport Museum beside the Tim Peake Soyuz Capsule.

    Join the infamous team of physics buskers alongside Tim Peake’s Soyuz Capsule as they conjure up demos and tricks to explain how everything works in the universe. The laws of physics that brought Tim Peake back to Earth in the tiny metal capsule will be brought to life using everyday objects and bucket loads of enthusiasm. Prepare to be enthralled as the secrets of nature are revealed in an engaging and accessible way. Bring the whole family! Join the buskers on:

    Part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.


    IOP Ireland

    Wild Weather, Physics and Global Warming

    24 February, 1pm
    Cost: £6

    Live documentary hosted by Geoff Maskell, BBC NI Weather Presenter with Dr Helen Czerski and Prof Peter Thorne from Maynooth.

    Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN

    Part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival

    Find out more about this event.



    Redefining the Kilogram, the Kelvin, the Ampere and Mole: Why You Should Care Even Though You Won't Notice

    26 February 2019, 5pm

    Lecture Theatre 7, Hicks Building, University of Sheffield, S3 7RH

    Presenter:  Dr Michael de Podesta, National Physical Laboratory.

    Progress in science and engineering is often linked to progress in metrology. If we cannot measure something then we cannot begin to understand it (science) or improve it (engineering). Better measurement leads to better understanding and control.

    Measurement is the quantitative comparison of an unknown quantity with a standard. In the International System of Units – the ‘SI’ – there are seven standard quantities called the ‘base units’:

    • second
    • metre
    • kilogram
    • ampere
    • kelvin
    • candela
    • mole

    The perfection with which these definitions can be made real, represents a fundamental limit to achievable measurement uncertainty. In order to remove these limits, from May 2019 there will be subtle but profound changes in the definitions of four of these base units

    • kilogram
    • ampere
    • kelvin and mole

    In this talk Michael de Podesta will explain the rationale for the forthcoming changes and why, even though you are unlikely to personally or professionally notice any changes, you should be happy about them.

    Email: for more information.


    London and South East

    Navier-Stokes: one equation to rule them all

    27 February 2019, 7pm

    Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

    Presenter:  Tom Crawford

    The Navier-Stokes equations model the flow of every fluid on Earth, but yet we know very little about them. So little in fact, there is currently a $1 million prize for anyone that can help to improve our understanding of how these fascinating equations work. In this talk, Dr Tom Crawford will strip back the Navier-Stokes equations layer-by-layer.

    Dr Tom Crawford is a maths tutor at the University of Oxford with a mission to share his love of maths with the world. His award-winning website features videos, podcasts, articles and puzzles designed to make maths more entertaining, exciting and enthralling for all.

    Joint meeting with the Institute of Measurement and Control

    Email: Dr Diane Crann for more information. 


    Images From Space – With Technology From Chelmsford

    28 February, 7pm 

    Anglia Ruskin University, Lecture Room MAB 221 in Ashcroft Building,  Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

    6.30pm: refreshments

    Presenter: Paul Jerram, Chief Engineer, Space Imaging at Teledyne e2v

    This talk will cover the role of image sensors made in Chelmsford in monitoring the health of the Earth from space and in some of the major Aastronomy and planetary science programmes in recent years.  

    E-mail: for more information.

    Download the event poster. 


    Big Data - What Is It and What Can It Do For Me?

    Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6-8pm

    Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Warrington, WA4 4A

    Presenter: Dr Louise Butcher, Data Scientist, STFC Hartree Centre

    Non-members welcome – admission free

    If you would like to attend this talk, please email the branch as we will be travelling to the venue together.



    London and South East

    Mathematicians at War

    6 March 2019, 6.30pm

    Institute of Physics, 37, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9BU

    Presenter: Professor June Barrow-Green, The Open University.

    British mathematicians responded to the First World War in a variety of ways. Some volunteered their mathematical skills to work at the Royal Aircraft Factory where they could experience the risky practice of flying, while others went to the National Physical Laboratory where they did experiments using wind tunnels.

    Another group joined the Anti-Aircraft Experimental Section of the Ministry of Munitions where they worked on ballistics. There were also those who followed a military path, and those who, for reasons of conscience, refused to take an active part in the war. In this talk Professor Barrow-Green discusses the war-time activities of a number of British mathematicians, and examines the impact of the war on their careers, as well as on mathematics itself.

    For more information please email 


    Institute of Physics

    Science Café:  Tale of the Timekeepers 

    Thursday 7 March 2019, 6.30-8.30pm 

    Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU

    Presenter: Dr Kathryn Burrows, the National Physical Laboratory Time and Frequency Group

    Timekeeping is fundamentally important to modern life, not only in planning, logging and navigating our activities but also because time measurements underpin many modern technologies used in science and for our quality of life.

    Dr Kathryn Burrows, part of the National Physical Laboratory Time and Frequency Group, will speak on the concept of time itself, and how the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) can measure time more accurately. 

    This is an introductory talk on our understanding and measurement of time, universal time coordinated (UTC), the 24-hour time standard that uses atomic clocks combined with the Earth's rotation. It is operated by the Time and Frequency Group at NPL. This is the UK’s official time scale.

    Find out more and book a place


    South Central

    The Dark Energy Survey

    12 March 2019, 7-8pm

    University of Surrey, Lecture Theatre G, 20 Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HD

    Kathy Romer, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sussex, will talk about the Dark Energy Survey and the beginning of an industrial revolution in cosmology.

    After 14 billion years it would be reasonable to expect the expansion of the Universe to be slowing down. However, the Universe seems to have other ideas! During this presentation you will learn about the mysterious substance known as dark energy that physicists think is causing the universe to rip itself apart.

    You will also hear about the 300-person strong Dark Energy Survey (DES) experiment. DES is the first of a new generation of industrial scale international astronomy projects that have been funded to explore the physics underlying our accelerating universe.

    DES is using sensitive observations of the night sky to understand the properties of dark energy. The observations are being made from a mountain top in Chile using one of the largest digital cameras ever made. In just one snap shot it can capture an area larger than 20 full moons. DES is using four different methods to study dark energy, and all of them seem to be telling us that the Universe is being governed by Einstein's Cosmological Constant (not his "greatest blunder" after all!).

    This event is free to attend and registration is not required - just come along.

    Find out more about this event


    Edinburgh Public Lecture

    Ultraviolet Pulses

    Tuesday 12 March 2019, 7pm

    Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

    Presenter: Dr Emma Springate, STFC Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab

    Ultrafast science and lens-less imaging with extreme ultraviolet pulses.

    Read the abstracts.

    Email for more details


    What We Can Learn From Gaia About the Origin and Structure of Galaxies?

    13 March 2019, 6–8.00pm

    Lecture Theatre, 2 or 3, Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Kendal St, Preston PR1 2HE

    Presenter: Professor James Binney, University of Oxford

    6pm: Refreshments
    6pm: Talk

    Non-members welcome – admission free



    East Anglia

    The Particulars of Particulates

    13 March 2019, 7-8.30pm

    Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Charles Babbage Road, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EL

    Presenter: Dr Nathalie Vriend

    A granular material forms a distinct and fascinating phase in physics - sand acts as a fluid as grains flow through your fingers. The fallen grains form a solid heap on the floor or may suspend in the wind like a gas. The main challenge of studying granular materials is the development of constitutive models valid across scales, from the micro-scale (collisions between individual particles), via the meso-scale (flow structures inside avalanches) to the macro-scale (dunes, heaps, chute flows).

    In this talk, Dr Nathalie Vriend will highlight three recent projects from her laboratory, each highlighting physical behaviour at a different scale.

    1. Using the property of birefringence, we are quantifying both kinetic and dynamic properties in an avalanche of macroscopic particles and measure rheological properties.
    2. We explore avalanches on an erodible bed that display an intriguing dynamic intermittency between regimes.
    3. We take a closer look at aqueous (water-driven) dunes in a novel rotating experiment and resolve an outstanding scaling controversy between migration velocity and dune dimension.

    Registration is required - register now. For more information please contact Roger Wise


    London and South East

    Data Science: “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”?

    19 March 2019,7.30pm

    Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

    Presenter: Dr Tamara Sheret, Swamphen Enterprises

    In 2012, Harvard Business Review described data science as being “the sexiest job of the 21st Century”. However, the field of data science is still relatively unknown in the wider world. In this talk, Dr Tamara Sheret will discuss the beginnings of data science in physics and astrophysics and show examples from her varied career. We will look at some famous uses of data science and explain why today every business wants and needs a data science department. Come along and see for yourself how sexy data science is and experience the nerve wracking thrill of live coding.

    There is no need to pre-register. Contact Prof. Ray Mackintosh for more information.


    South West Branch

    Redefining the Kilogram, the Kelvin,the Ampere and the Mole:  Why You Should Care Even Though You Won’t Notice

    19 March 2019, 7.30pm . Coffee and tea from 7pm.  Non-members welcome – admission Free

    Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE

    Presenter:  Michael de Posta, National Physical Laboratory

    Progress in science and engineering is often linked to progress in metrology. 

    If we cannot measure something then we cannot begin to understand it (science) or improve it (engineering). And better measurement leads to better understanding and control. 

    Measurement is the quantitative comparison of an unknown quantity with a standard. In the International System of Units - the 'SI' - there are seven standard quantities called the 'base units': the second, metre, kilogram, ampere, kelvin, candela and mole. The perfection with which these definitions can be made real represents a fundamental limit to achievable measurement uncertainty. 

    Email: Dr David Webb at for more information.


    London and South East

    An Overview of X-ray Astronomy: Past Discoveries and Future Prospects

    20 March 2019, 6.30pm

    Institute of Physics, 37, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9BU

    Presenter: Professor Andrew Norton, Open University

    In this talk, Professor Andrew Norton will describe how astronomical objects, such as neutron stars and active galaxies, emit X-rays, as well as the technology used to detect X-rays from space.

    He will discuss various X-ray astronomy satellites from the last few decades and look ahead to what the future may have in store with forthcoming missions.

    Email: for more information.


    South Central

    Organic Semiconductors and Their Applications

    20 March 2019, 7pm

    University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH

    Presenter: Sebastian Wood, National Physical Laboratory

    For the last 50 years, progress in electronics has been based on inorganic semiconductors, primarily silicon. We’ve seen amazing developments in consumer electronics, but there are some fundamental limitations to what can be achieved using inorganic semiconductors: they are hard, brittle materials, and require expensive processing equipment. In contrast, organic semiconductors (carbon-based molecules with semiconducting properties) offer a completely new paradigm for electronics where semiconductors can be printed onto any surface to make flexible, robust, and lightweight electronics using simple techniques. 

    A wide range of exciting applications for organic semiconductors have recently been demonstrated in research laboratories around the world including:

    • flexible solar panels
    • wearable sensors
    • smart packaging
    • novel medical devices

    However, attempts to scale-up production of these technologies for commercialisation have been largely unsuccessful.

    The difficulty is that the electronic performance of organic semiconductors is extremely sensitive to their processing conditions. Overcoming this problem relies on having accurate ways to measure the properties of organic semiconductors, which are being developed at the National Physical Laboratory. Sebastian Wood will explain how precise measurements at the nanometre-scale will help to get organic semiconductors out of universities and into everyday use.

    Find out more about this event.


    London and South East

    Philosophy of Physics

    21 March 2019, 6.45pm

    Martin Wood lecture theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3PU

    Presenter: Dr Alistair Wilson, University of Birmingham

    Dr Wilson is a philosopher who works on the philosophy of science and metaphysics. His research includes the metaphysics of many-worlds quantum mechanics, chance and the laws of nature

    For more information please email 


    IOP Ireland

    Standing Up for Science Workshop

    22 March, 9am - 4pm

    Find out how to make your voice heard in public debates about science and evidence.

    FREE for early career researchers and scientists in all sciences, engineering, medicine and social sciences (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

    Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

    Apply by 5pm, Wednesday 20 February 2019 to get your free place. Contact for more information

    Find out more about this event


    South West

    Outing to See the Severn Bore 

    23 March, 10am

    • 10am: Meet at Maisemore Village Hall (two miles north of Gloucester). There is car parking for about 50 cars. Short talk about the Severn Bore surge wave. Tea/coffee available.
    • 11am: Approximate time for the Bore at Maisemore Bridge 

    Further refreshments in hall afterwards.

    No children under 15. Older children must be supervised at all times, even if they can swim.  Water very cold and unpredictable.  

    Maximum numbers: 75 - first come first served.

    Register for this event



    The Measure of All Things: Redefinition of the Kilogram, the Kelvin, the Ampere and the Mole

    Dr Bajram Zeqiri from National Physical Laboratory (UK) will be delivering lectures across Ireland. 

    27 March 2019, 3pm at Rory Gallagher Theatre, D Block, Cork Institute of Technology. Contact Prof Donagh O'Mahony

    28 March 2019, 2pm in Room Q122, Business School Dublin City University. Contact Prof Enda McGlynn

    29 March 2019, 3.30 pm in Theatre 2, John Hume Building. Maynooth University. Contact Dr Peter Van der Burgt

    30 March 2019 at the Spring Meeting


    REMS - London and South East Branch

    Visit to the Musical Museum, Kew

    28 March 2019, 10.30am - 4.15pm

    399 High St, Brentford TW8 0DU

    Cost: £15

    Optional lunch £14.75 to £25 

    Our private tour of the Musical Museum's collection will focus on how the instruments work and the technologies.

    The collection has steadily grown and now enjoys an international reputation as one of the most important of its kind in the world.

    The museum includes:

    • Wurlitzer organ that rises from the pit in a specially designed concert hall 
    • collection of self-playing pianos
    • orchestrations
    • pipe organs
    • violin players
    • a climate-controlled roll library of over 20,000 music rolls
    • a workshop
    • concert hall
    • cafe with views of the river


    • 10.30am: Refreshments 
    • 11.15am: Introductory talk
    • 12.45pm: Lunch in the concert hall
    • 3.30pm: Tea, coffee and cake

    Email lunch bookings by 11 March 2019 to 

    Tel: 020 8398 0766 or 07986 379935

    For more information and to book email or


    Integrability and Conformal Field Theory 2019

    29 and 30 March 2019, 2pm.

    29 March, 4pm

    30 March

    Beecroft Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU

    • Main invited speakers: Benjamin Basso (ENS, Paris), Alejandra Castro (Amsterdam), Adam Nahum (Oxford), Volker Schomerus (Hamburg)
    • Organised by: Chris Beem, Paul Fendley, Sakura Schafer-Nameki
    • Sponsored by: IOP, LMS, the Peierls Centre, All Souls College

    Further information and registration.



    Annual Spring Meeting: A Climate of Change

    30 March 2019, 9.30am - 10pm

    Sheraton Hotel, Gleeson St, Loughanaskin, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

    The annual IOP Ireland Spring Meeting is here once again. Our theme this year is A Climate of Change. We will be exploring both the physics of climate change and our response to it. There will be: 

    • talks
    • exhibitions
    • social activities

    It also includes the Rosse Medal Competition for postgraduate physics communication. Contributors include:

    • Professor Joanna Haigh, Imperial College London
    • Professor John Sweeney, Maynooth University
    • Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Waterford Institute of Technology
    • Dr Elizabeth Mathews, Dublin City University
    • Professor Paul Hardaker, Institute of Physics
    • Dr Bajram Zeqiri from National Physical Laboratory (UK)

    Register for this event.


    London and South East

    Plastic Waste: How Can We Reduce the Problem?

    3 April 2019, 7pm

    Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

    Presenter: Sophie Thomas, Thomas Matthews Communication Design. 

    Over the last century plastic has become part of everyday life, from bottles and bags to plastic pots, tubs and trays. How can we reduce plastic waste? Sophie will discuss ways through design and citizen action.

    For more information please email Dr Diane Crann.


    South West

    Spring Festival of Physics

    30 March, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    School of Physics, Tyndall Avenue, University of Bristol Bristol BS8 1TL

    The annual Spring Festival of Physics has a full programme of lectures and workshops that will be added to this page as details are confirmed. Registration is free, but essential.

    Register for this event.


    London and South East

    Bubbles, Meet Graphene! Can Microscale Lego Improve Healthcare?

    3 April 2019, 6.30pm

    Institute of Physics, 37, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9BU

    Presenter: Professor Gaio Paradossi, University of Rome

    For more information please email 



    Denbies Vineyard: Dorking Surrey

    11 April 2019, 10am

    Meet at Dorking train station at 10am or at Denbies Wine Estate Ltd. London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA

    Cost: £30.00 to include the winery and vineyard tours, a self-service lunch voucher and the minibus transfers.

    We will be given a guided indoor tour of the winery, followed by a leisurely lunch.  In the afternoon we will have an outdoor tour of the vineyard by train. Denbies is easily reached from London by car or by train to Dorking main station, from which a waiting minibus will take you to the winery.

    See Denbies website for further details: 


    • 10am: Assemble at Dorking (Main) Station for minibus to the vineyard
    • 11am: Walking indoor tour of the winery
    • 12pm: Lunch (self-service in the cafeteria.  A voucher is included in the price)
    • 2pm: Outdoor train tour of the vineyard
    • 3pm: Minibus back to Dorking station

    Numbers are limited for the tour so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    For more information and to book your place please email Tony Colclough or Hugh Deighton.


    South West

    Light and Optical Fibres

    16 April 2019, 7.30pm. Coffee and tea from 7pm.  Non-members welcome – admission Free

    Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE

    Presenter:  Professor David Richardson FRS (Southampton)

    The use of light to transmit data worldwide along optical fibres has revolutionised communications and made the world-wide-web truly worldwide. In the first part of the talk Professor Richardson will survey the underlying physics and the earlier developments in the technology. He will then discuss recent developments, including those involving Southampton, and likely future developments in both transmission range and bandwidth.

    Email Dr David Webb at for more information.


    London and South East

    Summiting the Science of Everest

    17 April 2019, 6.30pm

    Institute of Physics, 37, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9BU

    Presenter: Dr Melanie Windridge, Tokamak Energy

    Mount Everest – the ultimate endurance challenge – is a place where science plays a huge part in performance and survival. Dr Windridge will tell the story of her own summit attempt. She investigates how advances in science and technology enable ordinary people to reach the summit and survive the extremes.

    Email: for more information.

    REMS - London and South East Branch

    Private Tour of The Sun – Living With Our Star Exhibition

    Tuesday 30 April, 2019, 10.30am - 2pm

    Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

    Cost: £22.00

    Discover the incredible story of our closest star – the Sun – with a private tour at the Science Museum's The Sun: Living with our Star exhibition.

    Set at the centre of our solar system, the Sun’s brilliant light shapes our sense of time, our health and our environment. People have tried to harness its power and uncover its secrets since the dawn of civilisation.

    Bask in sunlight on an indoor beach, try on historic sunglasses in a digital mirror, and watch the Sun rise around the world on a huge illuminated display as you explore the fascinating story of humankind’s relationship with our closest star.

    • 10am: Meet in the Science Museum’s Energy Café on level 0 next to the shop. Late arrivals tel: 07880980921

    For more information tel: 01920467930



    South Central

    A Brief History of Gravity

    14 May 2019, 7-8pm

    University of Surrey, Lecture Theatre D, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH

    Presenter: Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and Public Engagement in Science, University of Surrey

    Professor Al-Khalili will talk about gravity and the mysteries associated with the weakest of the four fundamental forces.

    At school we all learn about gravity as one of the fundamental forces of nature, described by Newton hundreds of years ago. Even Einstein, who went further by showing that gravity isn’t actually a force at all, but rather the shape of space and time, didn’t really shake us from our cosy complacency.

    Well, things are coming to a head now. We still do not have a proper theory that connects gravity to the other three forces in the Universe. And gravitational mysteries like dark matter and dark energy have not yet been solved by physicists. We study black holes and gravitational waves, and the origins and destiny of our entire universe, and yet there’s that nagging sense that something fundamental is missing from our understanding. Are we waiting for another Einstein to come along and point to a new idea? This lecture will survey our current state of knowledge.

    This event is free to attend and registration is not required - just come along.

    Find out more about this event