Physics: Lab to Life 2021

Schedule for the evening

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Event details

Event: Physics: Lab to Life 2021 – online edition
Date and time: Thursday 11 March 2021, 6-8pm (GMT)
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Joining instructions

This event consists of a series of parallel sessions taking place in four different virtual “rooms”. The rooms each have a different weblink to join and you can change between them to choose the sessions you would like to attend. The timetable is below and we have shared the weblinks in an email.

Please choose your first optional session (starting at 6.20pm) and join this room from 6pm for the introduction.

Details Room 1 (Flash Talk) Room 2 (Lab Tour) Room 3 (Lab Tour) Room 4 (Lab Tour)
6.00pm Introduction Introduction Introduction Introduction
6.20pm Welcome to the Zooniverse (Dr Grant Miller) Changing Culture in a Changing Universe (Prof. Katherine Blundell) Solar Cell Technology (Dr Ashely Marshall) Rapid Virus Detection (Nic Shiaelis)
6.40pm Computing without Electricity (Muhammad Hamza Waseem) Nanomedicine (Prof. Sonia Contera) Superconductivity – a fascinating state of quantum matter (Prof. Amalia Coldea) Ultracold Quantum Matter (Dr Elliot Bentine)
7.00pm Crystals and magnets and knots - oh my! (Siobhan Tobin) Quantum Physics with the Coolest Stuff in the Universe (Peter Juhasz) New Malaria Testing Tool (Dr Robert Ishmukhametov) Bringing robots to optics (Dr Ramy Aboushelbaya)
7.20pm The physics of the future meets the materials of the past (Dr Alexy Karenowska) Rapid Virus Detection (Nic Shiaelis) Changing Culture in a Changing Universe (Prof. Katherine Blundell) Solar Cell Technology (Dr Ashely Marshall)
7.40pm Butterflies and Hurricanes: The physics of weather prediction (Dr Hannah Christensen) No session Nanomedicine (Prof. Sonia Contera) Superconductivity – a fascinating state of quantum matter (Prof. Amalia Coldea)
8.00pm Finish Finish Finish Finish

We reserve the right to change the agenda at short notice.

Flash talk descriptions

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Welcome to the Zooniverse
We need YOU to contribute to real research that impacts on peoples’ lives. The Zooniverse, the worlds-largest citizen-science platform, has hosted over 300 research projects that help us to understand our universe and solve global problems. This includes finding new treatments for diseases, preserving coastline ecosystems and understanding our climate. Come along to hear the story of people-powered research!

Computing without Electricity
Imagine a computer that consumes no electric current. No, not abacus! Wouldn't it be desirable to have a modern-day computer that consumes no electricity and doesn't heat up? It's quite possible with "magnon computing". Come explore this new paradigm.'

Crystals and magnets and knots, oh my!
In this talk, we will explore the behaviour of electrons in crystals. Many electrons combined can tie themselves in knots, and result in novel magnetic structures. Will we find a knotty crystal that could be used in quantum computing? Come along and find out.

The physics of the future meets the materials of the past 
Examine how the electromagnetic spectrum can be harnessed for applications at the interface between science, art, and culture and examine the evolving role of the physicist in the context of cultural heritage preservation. 

Butterflies and Hurricanes: The physics of weather prediction
What many don't realise is that weather prediction is a problem in physics. Producing a weather forecast requires understanding the equations that describe the atmosphere, including the Navier-Stokes equations, and the equations of thermodynamics and radiation, among many others. But more fundamentally, it requires an appreciation of chaos theory, a special property of some systems including the atmosphere. What is chaos theory? And how can we make useful forecasts in the face of chaos?

Zoom details

  • We recommend that you join this event using the Zoom app as this will give you the best experience for viewing the event.
  • Your camera and microphone will be switched off for the duration of the session.
  • If you have any questions, please type these into the Q&A function (for flash talks) or chat box at any point during the session.

Code of conduct

Please note that we ask that all attendees and participants in online talks, lectures and meetings abide by the following code of conduct:

  • Be respectful of all attendees and participants at all times.
  • Any inappropriate or offensive language or content will not be tolerated.
  • Do not share any personal details, including mobile numbers, email addresses or social media accounts.
  • Please keep any chat on-topic to avoid distracting other participants. Any messages should always be kind.
  • Do not try to record the lecture / talk / meeting in any way.

If you do not abide by this code of conduct, you may be removed from the event and (for U18s) a parent / guardian or your school may be informed. You can also find this code of conduct here.

Video recordings

Please note that some of the session during this event may be recorded. These recordings may be available online at a later date. Your video and microphone will be automatically turned off for the duration of the event and your screen name will not appear in any recordings.

Need help?

If you have any issues, please email and we will try our best to assist you. There will also be moderators monitoring the Q&A and chat – please message them using the chat if you have any technical issues during the event.