This family friendly event will take a broad look at issues in physics across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It will combine academic talks with a lively social programme, including a comedy show and time to explore the outstanding beauty of the Cooley Peninsula. The Institute of Physics is honoured to welcome the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to it’s 40th spring weekend.
• President of Ireland, Mary McAleese will address the meeting on Saturday morning
• It is Rocket Science by Helen Keen on Friday evening.
A fusion of stand-up comedy and tinfoil in an award-winning show – soon to be a BBC Radio 4 series
• SEPnet: South East Physics Network: the first three years
William Wakeham, Visiting Professor, Imperial College London and Vice- President of Royal Academy of Engineering.. Chair of the 2008 UK Physics Review
• Strengthening the North-South research corridor through SFI initiatives
Roisin Cheshire, Scientific Programme Officer, ICT Division, Science Foundation Ireland
• STEM in Northern Ireland – a physicist’s optic
Hugh Cormican, CEO Cirdan Imaging Limited. Chair of the 2009 Northern Ireland STEM Review
• Physics in the media
Mike McKimm, 'Science and the media'
BBC Northern Ireland's Science and Environment Correspondent
• Physics on the Go - using the iPod as a pocket laboratory
Paul Dolk, Distinguished Educator, Orion Astronomy Club of the Netherlands. A number of iPods will be provided for this workshop.
• The attraction and retention of physics students
Ian Williams, Director of Education, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast
• Rocket workshop and Dragster Racing
Sue McGrath and Leanne Hawthorne IOP Northern Ireland Teachers Network
• Physicist in the Chair
Iggy McGovern TCD in conversation with Tony Scott UCD
• Rosse medal
Post graduates registered at institutions in Ireland present posters of their research for the Rosse medal competition. The medal commemorates the 3rd Earl of Rosse (Sir William Parsons K.P., F.R.S) and his contributions to science