See you this week? Timandra Harkness on Big Data and SUN at Life

This week we’ve not one but two outstanding opportunities to get your dose of fascinating, curious and very-slightly-sideways science:

  • On Thursday, broadcaster, writer and comedian Timandra Harkness gives the finale of our Physics Matters! series of public lectures, on Big Data. 6:30pm, Ellison Building, Northumbria campus: full details and tickets here. These talks are aimed at sixth-formers, but all are welcome. Free, but please register.
  • On Friday, as part of the Friday Night Life event at the Life Science Centre, poet Katrina Porteous and composer Peter Zinovieff present the premiere of their work ‘SUN’. The Chronicle have a lovely write-up, and full details are on Life’s website, where you can also buy tickets. Over-18s only.

We’re very much looking forward to both events, and we’ll hope to see you at one or both.

The Wonders of the Sun

Your Universe: Explored

Explore your UniverseOne of the projects Think Physics is partnered with is Explore Your Universe, a national campaign celebrating the physical sciences and run by the Association for Science & Discovery Centres and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. We’re delivering a range of workshops and activities, and on Saturday we capped off a frenetic  British Science Week by hosting a family science show here in Think Lab:

This was the first time we’ve used Think Lab as a performance space like this, and it seemed to work pretty well. Thanks to everyone who came, and we’ll keep you posted on future public events.



A day for everyone teaching physics

Northumbria University and the Institute of Physics are running a Day for Everyone Teaching Physics.

The day will be a mix of workshops, lectures, new ideas and practicals, together with convivial networking, all designed to enhance your skills in engaging the next generation of young people with physics.

The day is for anyone who teaches physics, even if you don’t consider yourself a ‘physics teacher’. All are welcome!

Draft Agenda

09.30 – Arrive and registration
09.45 – Welcome and Update
10.00 – Keynote speaker – Paul Hardaker
11.00 – Refreshments
11.15 – Teaching workshop 1
12.15 – Lunch
12.45 – Teaching workshop 2
13.45 – Plenary session
14.00 – End for delegates
14.00 – Coaching session (optional, separate booking required)*
15:30 – Coaching session ends

The day is free to attend, but registration is required on eventbrite:

*For further details on the coaching session and to book, see the IOP’s page here.