Sixth Form Evening Lectures

How Physics and Maths Make a Difference in the World

The evening lectures will return on the 3 October 2019!

We are busy updating the programme over the summer, so please keep checking this page for further updates.

Physics and Maths Matter! are a series of Thursday evening talks (5:30 -6:30 pm) for sixth-form students at Northumbria University. Each talk is focused around different topic and aims to show why physics and maths matter and where they can lead. We encourage Y10 onwards students with an interest in these areas to attend. Teachers, parents/carers are welcome to come along. Below you can find information about the lectures available for 2019.

Week 1 - 03 OCT 2019


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Dr Carolina Costa – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University

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Week 2 - 10 OCT 2019


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Dr Madeleine Combrinck – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University

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Week 3 - 17 OCT 2019


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Week 4 - 24 OCT 2019


Liquid repellency

Dr Ciro Semprebon – Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University

Summary of the lecture to follow shortly 

Week 5 - 07 NOV 2019


Electrifying Women: the long history of women in engineering

Professor Graeme Gooday & Emily Rees – School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science – University of Leeds

One hundred years ago, the very first Women’s Engineering Society (WES) was founded in Britain – a society which is still active today – yet Britain now has one of the lowest rates of women engineers in Europe. This lecture will debunk the myth that women have always been excluded from engineering by highlighting the rich and varied contributions of women to the field since the late Victorian era, including pioneering inventions and patents.

Week 6 - 14 NOV 2019


Interfacial science in material design

Dr Dominika Zabiegaj – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University

The role of interfacial science is to design materials with unique properties by manipulating their physicochemical properties. In this talk Dominika will talk about a few of these materials with a focus on foams and emulsions as templates to achieve porous media with many applications: from water purification to bone replacement and bio-infiltration.

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Week 7 - 21 NOV 2019


From Lasers to Masers

Dr Juna Sathian – Department of Mathematics Physics Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University

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Week 8 - 28 NOV 2019


Scanning Electron Microscopy

Dr Pietro Maiello – Department of Mathematics Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University

The SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) is a remarkable piece of equipment used widely in materials science to characterise and explore the micro/nanocosm through the use of accelerated electrons. The technique was developed nearly 90 years ago and today it is extensively used in many fields of science and technology as tool to better understand, develop and explore the small world around us not accessible by our senses.

How to find us

All talks will be held in Northumbria University’s Ellison Building. More details will soon follow.