Meeting Minds Oxford Alumni Weekend at Physics

21 Sep 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:30pm
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

Meeting Minds Oxford - the weekend for all University of Oxford Alumni

The Department of Physics will open its doors on Saturday 21 September to welcome all alumni, regardless of their studies. We hope to offer you all a chance to visit our thriving department, meet our scientists, learn more about what is the cutting edge research taking place in one the the largest Physics Departments in the world.

Proposed format on the day is:

  • 14:00 Open doors, welcome guests, tea/coffee
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Lecture. Prof Steven Balbus, the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at New College, Oxford. In 2013, he shared the Shaw Prize for Astronomy with John F. Hawley.
    Title 'Seeing Black Holes'**. Followed by Q&A.
  • 15:30 - 16:15 Break. A chance to have a complimentary tea or coffee and cake, and chat with members of the department.
  • 16:15 - 17:15 Lecture. Prof Ian Shipsey, Head of Physics, is the Henry Moseley Centenary Professor of Experimental Physics, and a Professorial Fellow at St. Catherine's College. Recently he has been awarded the Institute of Physics 2019 Chadwick Medal and Prize. He will talk about what is new in Physics. Followed by Q&A, AND a drinks and canapes reception (book separately).
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Drinks and canapes reception
  • 18:30 End of the event

All the events are free, alumni are welcome to bring family and friends. To register, simply fill in the booking form here using the password: MeetingPhysics19 (respecting lower and upper case)

We kindly ask you that you help us save costs, only book if you are able to attend.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, or would like to book more than three tickets, do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you then!

** Abstract:
The image of a the traditional astronomer peering through the eyepiece of a telescope is long out of date. Modern astronomy uses not only radiation from across the electromagnetic spectrum, but sound waves, in the form of starquakes, to learn more deeply about the physics of the Universe. Most amazingly, in the last few years we have measured gravity in its radiant form, so that we can now see the darkest objects of all: black holes. In this presentation, Professor Balbus will review these achievements and speculate on what the future will bring.