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Instant Expert: Big Physics, Big Questions

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Instant Expert: Big Physics, Big Questions

Join us on a journey with six leading experts to learn about the extraordinary lengths physicists go to unlocking the secrets of the universe. The discovery of gravitational waves, for example, took an experiment capable of picking up movements smaller than ten-thousandth the diameter of a proton. Answering fundamental questions about the nature of matter requires gargantuan detectors capable of detecting the most elusive sub-atomic particles.

Time and again, physicists and engineers take on seemingly impossible tasks and win thanks to a heady mix of imagination, ambition and sheer determination.

Discover how the most intense and powerful lasers in the world impact our society; how the Large Hadron Collider is searching for signatures of the invisible; why the dream of harnessing the fusion reactions that power the sun is becoming a reality here on Earth; and what it takes to reveal the nature of the first stars and galaxies.

Hosted by New Scientist’s Valerie Jamieson, our one-day masterclass offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in the fascinating fields of physics and astronomy.


Speakers:

  • Lily Asquith, research fellow at the University of Sussex. She is searching for new physics and making precision measurements at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN
  • Melanie Windridge, business development manager for Tokamak Energy. She is a plasma physicist specialising in fusion energy
  • Anna Scaife, professor of radio astronomy at the University of Manchester. Her research uses a vast network of radio telescopes to study cosmic magnetic fields
  • Georgia Karagiorgi, an experimental particle physicist working at the University of Manchester and Columbia University in New York. She looks for new physics using giant neutrino experiments
  • Ceri Brenner, an application development scientist for high power lasers at the STFC’s Central Laser Facility in Harwell
  • Plus, one more leading physicist to be announced
  • Hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist editorial content director


Overview:

Physicists have to build big when it comes to understanding the fundamental nature of matter and the distant reaches of the cosmos. The Higgs boson was discovered by accelerating protons to light speed in an accelerator 27 kilometres round. Gravitational waves shook the world by a miniscule amount that needed an experiment 4 kilometres long. And it takes vast experiments to reveal the secrets of ghostly neutrinos from the sun and exploding stars.

While we have made great progress, we still have plenty of unfinished business. Might the same machines reveal the nature of the universe’s missing matter? What can we learn from the shape-shifting behaviour of neutrinos? When will fusion energy be powering our homes? What can the world’s most powerful lasers do for us? Join our speakers on a mind-expanding trip and discover the sheer ingenuity behind today’s big physics.


Topics covered will include:

  • Gravitational waves: sirens of the cosmos
  • The Large Hadron Collider
  • Neutrino hunting
  • The world's largest telescopes
  • Fusion: taming the power of the sun
  • Exploiting the world's most powerful lasers
  • And much more


Who should attend?

You are curious about physics, astronomy and cosmology and want a step-by-step guide without mathematics. Popular articles have whetted your appetite, yet you have struggled to understand physics textbooks. You want to learn about the frontiers of research from scientists at the coalface.


What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading experts in physics and cosmology
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Valerie Jamieson
  • Delicious lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers


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  • The event will be held in the Brunei Auditorium at RCGP / 30 Euston Square.
  • Doors will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending - please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. If you need to change the name of an attendee, please notify us as soon as possible: live@newscientist.com
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  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
  • Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • All tickets are non-refundable, however if the event has sold out then we may be able to offer a refund if we are able to sell your ticket(s) to someone on the event waitlist (please note that there is no guarantee that we will be able to sell on your ticket(s) or that the event will sell out). Please email us at live@newscientist.com to notify us. In the event of a sell out, all requests of this nature will be dealt with in the order they are received.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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