We look forward to seeing you at the next "Festival of Physics",
which will take place from 10am-4pm on Saturday 24 February 2018,
at the HH Wills Physics Laboratory of the University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL.
The Festival is free, and open to everyone with an interest in Physics, from school students (and their families and teachers) to adults and retired people. There will be talks, workshops and demonstrations throughout the day.
No prior registration is required, just turn up! But this means we cannot send group emails to those registered, so in case of any last-minute changes, please look again at this web page before you set off for the Festival.
Directions to the University can be found at <http://www.bris.ac.uk/maps/<wbr />directions/> Parking will be available in the (paying) multi-storey car parks at West End or Trenchard Street. See <https://visitbristol.co.uk/<wbr />about-bristol/travel-to-<wbr />bristol/car-parking> or use one of Bristol's Park and Ride facilities: <https://travelwest.info/park-<wbr />ride>
Buses no.9 and 72 from Temple Meads station stop right outside the building...
This year we are unable to offer a free lunch, so we recommend you bring your own sandwiches, or visit one of the many pubs and cafes nearby. However, free coffee and tea will be supplied in the intervals. The lunch interval will be longer than usual, to give you a bit more time to get your lunch, while still leaving time to visit the many physics demonstrations.
Another change from previous years, is that no registration is required, either for the Festival itself, or for the workshops during the day. However, there will be a limit on the numbers attending the workshops, so we recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes before the advertised times. If a particular workshop is over-booked, you may be able to get a place at a later one.
Here is the provisional timetable (come back to this page for updates...)
9:45am Building opens
In this talk, Emma will take you on a journey through the gravitational wave universe. Learn about what gravitational waves are, how they are made, and how they are detected. Discover the monster gravitational wave machines that live in space, and how they can be used to solve the mysteries of the universe, as we embark on the era of multi-messenger astronomy.
The easiest way to smuggle nuclear bombs is in cargo containers. How can you detect them? How can you look inside nuclear waste drums? And inspect active volcanoes from a safe distance? What is still standing inside the Fukushima power plant? Muon tomography is a novel imaging technology that allows imaging of the insides of closed objects from a safe distance, without introducing radiation. This makes it an excellent technique to probe the internal structure of active volcanoes, to detect nuclear bombs smuggled in cargo containers and monitor legacy nuclear waste.
The demonstrations will be in the Entrance Foyer, and in the basement, "Enderby Room", in the intervals between the talks.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with <Vincent.firstname.lastname@example.org>