Family Fun Christmas Lecture

4 Dec 2018 - 6:00pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
General public (Age 8+)

This year’s Family Fun Christmas Lecture is two talks in one! The event provides an exciting opportunity for children to learn more about physics. The talks explore how physics can help us answer the big questions about our universe as well as providing solutions for global problems. There will be plenty of exciting demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, exploding hydrogen balloons and more!


Talk 1: How did the Universe Begin? From Quarks to the Cosmos and Football (Prof. Ian Shipsey)
Explore the origins of the Universe and Oxford’s involvement in studying how it all began; and learn about the similarities between life as physicist and life as a professional footballer.

Talk 2: SUPER COOL: Dancing Atoms (Gale Lockwood & Kirk Arndt)
Understanding the different states of matter and how atoms react. Learning better ways to exchange states of matter to help us use energy more efficiently and cleaner.

Prof Ian Shipsey is an experimental particle physicist and Head of Physics at the University of Oxford. Gale Lockwood is a laboratory technician and Kirk Ardndt is a Silicon Detector Development Engineer in the Department. Prof Ian Shipsey, Gale Lockwood and Kirk Arndt are good friends and work together in the Oxford Physics Microstructure Detector facility (OPMD). The OPMD is where we build silicon cameras that take pictures of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland and soon will take pictures of 20 billion galaxies with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope on a mountain top in Chile.

CAUTION: Loud Sounds

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Please book before 3rd of December. Places are limited, first come first served.This event is free.

Sample video of the talk12.11 MB