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October 2015

Physics Matters (1/6): Ice Cool Physics

8 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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The first in a weekly series of early evening talks for sixth-formers. Physics Matters brings together people using Physics to make a difference in the world. This week, Drs. Leanne Wake and Paul Mann of Northumbria University discuss Geophysics. “Carbon helps us to see into the past”   How? “Sea level is not level.. ..The Earth is not solid”    Why? Leanne and Paul both study how polar regions have changed in the past and are likely to alter in the future.…

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Physics Matters (2/6): Biophysics

15 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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The second in a weekly series of early evening talks for sixth-formers. Physics Matters brings together people using Physics to make a difference in the world. This week Prof John Girkin from Durham University talks to us about Biophysics. The Physics in everyday products: The World’s Smallest Washing Machine Physics plays a major role in the development of many everyday consumer products from washing powders to ice creams. By combining optical methods originally developed for helping to understand heart disease and make astronomical…

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Physics Matters (3/6): Radiation Detection

22 October, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The third in a weekly series of early evening talks for sixth-formers. Physics Matters brings together people using Physics to make a difference in the world. This week, Dr Adam Tuff from Newcastle-based company Kromek will delve into the physics of radiation detection. Recent events have highlighted many current nuclear threats to society. The reality of potential  terrorist attacks involving smuggled nuclear devices has become a global security concern. Japan and other countries on the Pacific Rim are deeply concerned about radioactive contamination…

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November 2015

Physics Matters (4/6): Keeping the Lights On

5 November, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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The fourth in a weekly series of early evening talks for sixth-formers. Physics Matters brings together people using Physics to make a difference in the world. This week Sara Walker will discuss Physics in the Built Environment. Dr Sara Walker – Keeping the Lights On How can the UK (and world) generate electricity in a cost effective and sustainable way? What has physics got to do with this? In this talk, Dr Sara Walker will talk about electricity and renewables policy, and how…

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Physics Matters (5/6): Medical Physics

12 November, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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The fifth in a weekly series of early evening talks for sixth-formers. Physics Matters brings together people using Physics to make a difference in the world. This week, Dr Michael Drinnan from Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital talks Medical Physics. Seeing inside the body We’re all familiar with x-rays. But that’s only one example of how physics can help us see what’s going on inside the human body. Physics has much more to offer. In this talk you’ll see how thermal images,…

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October 2017

6th Form Lecture – The Mathematics of Giant Oceanic Waves

5 October, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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Dr. Sara Lombardo, Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, Northumbria University In this lecture  Dr Sara Lombardo will  focused on mathematical challenges coming from extreme environments and environmental hazards, in particular it explores the concepts of waves and extreme waves (also called rogue waves) and how they attracted recently the interest of scientists after being a piece of maritime folklore, a sailor’s legend, for centuries.

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October 2019

Sixth Form Lecture – Renewables & Thermal Energy Storage

3 October, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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Dr Carolina Costa – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University Clean energy for all is part of the global sustainable development goals. Therefore, increase the share of renewable energy and improve the energy efficiency of different systems are topics of great interest. In this context, thermal energy storage technologies can play an important role in the renewable energy systems by facilitating temporal shifts to meet electricity and heat demands. During this lecture, we will introduce the use…

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Sixth Form Lecture – Faster commercial flights: counteracting flow instabilities

10 October, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Dr Madeleine Combrinck – Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University   Commercial aircraft cruise speed is currently limited by a condition referred to as the buffeting boundary. In this region of transonic flow, instabilities are causing significant fluctuations in the lift properties in certain situations. Addressing the instabilities will result in safer, faster and more economical flights. In this talk we will discuss the origin of the instabilities, the effects is has on the aircraft wing structure and…

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Sixth Form Lecture – Scanning Electron Microscopy

17 October, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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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.

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Sixth Form Lecture – Liquid repellency

24 October, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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Dr Ciro Semprebon – Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University Interaction of liquids with solid surfaces is of paramount importance in everyday life and technological applications ranging from medicine and biology to surface coatings for technical applications. In this talk I will describe the fundamental physics laws governing the problem, the most popular strategies to control the affinity between liquids and solids, and recent advances in the design of smart materials.

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November 2019

Sixth Form Lecture: Electrifying Women – The Long History of Women in Engineering

7 November, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 8ST
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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…

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Sixth Form Lecture – Interfacial Science in material design

14 November, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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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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Sixth Form Lecture – From Lasers to Masers

21 November, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Dr Juna Sathian – Department of Mathematics Physics Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University   Lasers are used everywhere from CD players, industrial cutting to laser eye surgery. But before the laser, there was the maser and it produces microwaves instead of light in a laser. However, due to its extreme cooling requirement maser never became as widespread as the laser. In this lecture, we will explore briefly the history of laser and maser followed by the recent developments in solid-state laser…

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Sixth Form Lecture – The Magnetic Sun

28 November, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Dr Stephane Regnier – Department of Mathematics Physics and Electrical Engineering at Northumbria University    The Sun is our closest star and plays an important role in the evolution of the planets and life in the solar system. During this lecture, we will look at how the Sun’s magnetic field is key to understanding this, producing magnetic explosions (solar flares) that expel high-energy particles into the solar system and interact with the Earth’s magnetic shield (magnetosphere). Further, we will discuss how physicists…

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