The Festival of Physics will feature a range of exciting physics talks for branch members, school students and the general public.
Modelling climate change: the past present and future of the world’s climate
Professor Paul Vales, University of Bristol
Professor Valdes is one of the UK’s leading experts in modelling the global climate. His work is focussed on developing a quantitative understanding of the processes that cause natural Earth system change. This enables us to better identify future, human-made change, and to understand the effects of climate change which shaped the planet in the distant past.
The Physics of Everyday Life
Prof. Mgr. Tomáš Tyc, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Water carried in a sieve, ellipses and hyperbolas created by a laser and a fibre, or properties of the stress tensor demonstrated with a carrot: these and many other experiments will be shown and explained in this lecture. The speaker is a theoretical physicist who likes to illustrate principles of physics on simple things from everyday experience. He regularly gives physics shows with plenty of experimental demonstrations for the general public.
12.30-2.30 lunch and demonstrations
Including Explorer Dome shows at 12.45-1.30 and 1.30-2.15, A planetarium show suitable for adults and children over 4 (all children under 8 need to be accompanied by an adult)
"Crawl down the tunnel of our inflatable planetarium dome to find out more about the worlds that glitter our night sky. Spot the stars and planets visible in the real night sky tonight, find your favourite constellation and quiz our scientists about life, the universe and everything! "
2pm-2.30 Branch AGM
Graphene - a scientific symphony in C-flat
Dr David Horsell, University of Exeter
Graphene is the thinnest material in nature, composed of only a single
layer of atoms. It has extraordinary physical, electrical and optical
properties that scientists are only just beginning to reveal and
understand. In this talk you will be conducted through some of the
recent discoveries made about graphene, and its wide-ranging potential
applications from building next-generation computers to ultrasensitive
Directions: There is limited parking at the physics department and further University of Bristol designated parking areas on Woodland Road. If using public transport from Temple Meads station take the number 9 bus and alight at “The Hawthorns” on Elton Road.