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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: londonsoutheast@physics.org 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

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

Email: londonsoutheast@physics.org 

 

Retired Members Section: London and the South East

A Day at Birmingham University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy

Thursday 9 May, 10.30

The day of lectures and laboratory tours at Birmingham University is the first of two coupled events and you are very welcome to attend either or both. 

Find details of the visit the next day to nearby Ironbridge, cradle of the world’s Industrial Revolution, in the listing for 10 May. 

The focus of the first day at Birmingham will be on astronomy with particular reference to:

  • gravitational waves
  • exoplanets
  • astrophysics

Following lunch, we will hear about the work of the department’s Quantum Hub including research on cold Atoms and quantum optics. 

This visit has been organised by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham and the Retired Members Section of the London and South East Branch of the Institute. 

Among others we are grateful to Professor Alberto Vecchio and Dr Maria Pavlidou (UoB) and to Tom Jacobs (REMS) for their organisational help. The event is part of a new IOP initiative to draw together retired member activities throughout the UK.

Members of the IOP are invited, whether retired or still in harness, and  their guests. 

Those intending to visit Ironbridge the next day may like to stay the night at a near by hotel and take the minibus to be laid on to Ironbridge the next morning.

Check events pages for updates and book early to avoid disappointment.

Email: tonycolclough@outlook.com for information on the visit, registration and payment. 

 

Retired Members Section: London and the South East 

A Day at Ironbridge, Cradle of the world’s Industrial Revolution

Friday 10 May, 10.30

Ironbridge is the cradle of the world’s Industrial Revolution and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. 

We shall visit various sites and museums covering:

  • the making of iron and steel early
  • uses of iron and steel to build bridges and machinery and to make works of art
  • production of china and tiles

We shall be led by an expert guide and taken by minibus for the longer legs of the tour.


This visit has been organised by Tony Colclough for the Retired Members Network

See the Birmingham event on 9 May for details about accommodation and travel to Ironbridge.

Check events pages for updates and book early to avoid disappointment.

Email: tonycolclough@outlook.com for information on the visit, registration and payment. 

 

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

 

Retired Members Section: London & South East

The National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park

17 May 2019, 10.30

Following our earlier visit to the WWII code-breaking establishment at Bletchley Park, we shall visit the neighbouring National Museum of Computing.  

The National Museum of Computing is a museum dedicated to collecting and restoring historic computer systems. It is based in rented premises at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and was opened in 2007. The building — Block H — was the first purpose-built computer centre in the world, hosting six Colossus computers by the end of World War II.

This event has been organised by John Belling for REMS.

Check events pages for updates and book early to avoid disappointment.

Email: tonycolclough@outlook.com for information on the visit, registration and payment.

 

Retired Members Section: London and the South East

At Home Meeting on Particle Physics

4 July 2019

This event has been organised by Tony Colclough for REMS.

Check events pages for updates and book early to avoid disappointment.

Email tonycolclough@outlook.com for information on the visit, registration and payment. 

 

Retired Members Section: London and the South East Region

REMS Charity BBQ and Walk in Support of Cancer Research UK, Thames Ditton

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 11am

As in past years, we shall enjoy a fine BBQ in aid of Cancer Research UK following a walk through old Thames Ditton village on the Thames. 

The food and drink will be contributed free and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the charity. 

The BBQ will take place at the organiser’s home at 34, Sugden Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0AE. 

In the event of bad weather, the fine BBQ will turn into a fine indoor buffet. Tea and cake will be provided before guests depart.  

Find out more about CRUK.

This event has been organised by Tony Colclough for REMS.

Check events pages for updates and book early to avoid disappointment.

Email tonycolclough@outlook.com for information on the visit, registration and payment.