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Physics in Perspective

18 March, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

- Free

Aimed at Year 11, sixth form and college students, Physics in Perspective offers insights into many different aspects of modern physical science.

In this session Dr Kate Lancaster (University of York) will provide insights into fusion energy and Dr Heather Williams (Central Manchester University Hospitals), will illustrate the application of physics to medicine.

Is it possible to build a star on Earth?

Dr Kate Lancaster

Trying to recreate the energy source of the stars, nuclear fusion, on earth presents huge challenges in physics and engineering. The benefits of nuclear fusion if successful are an almost limitless, clean energy source. There are many challenged associated with keeping matter at 100 million degrees trapped inside a reactor without touching it! This talk is the story of how, in the absence of a lab the size of a star, we are attempting to make fusion into an energy source for the future.

Making a difference every day

Dr Heather Williams

Today healthcare relies on sophisticated technology to diagnose and treat disease, supported by a team of technical and scientific staff. Heather will introduce us to the range of careers available within healthcare science, before focussing on the role of medical physicists and her own work. A great opportunity to get inside information on a rewarding, flexible and challenging career, and learn about the latest developments in medical imaging.


The event is open to groups of students, individual students, teachers and parents.



18 March, 2017
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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