This event happened in the past (2019 edition)

Physics Fest & Astronomy Day – Gallery Stage

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Join us in the Gallery for free, drop-in talks on the solar system, the physics of volcanoes, and a tour of Fermilab. First come, first served.


The Sun’s Family: A Tour of our Solar System
Age: 10+

A talk about the planets – their form and appearance, their moons and their peculiarities. It will also cover some of the other strange objects that wander around the solar system. Some Earth-based phenomena will also be discussed.

Paul Whiting is an outreach astronomer, who regularly talks to schools and adult organisations on all aspects of astronomy. He holds a degree in astrophysics and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a STEM Ambassador.

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Small Island, Big Volcano (And the People Who Roared Back)
Age: 10+

** Please note this talk is now ticketed – book using ticket box below**

When they erupt, volcanoes create incredible sights and sounds, from roaring explosions to the deathly silence of a pyroclastic flow.

When the Soufrière Hills Volcano on Montserrat erupted, it wasn’t just the volcano that made a commotion! This talk explores the sights and sounds of that eruption – and the many inspiring ways Montserratians responded to it – and what it tells us about volcanoes and how we make sense of their behaviour.

Prof Jenni Barclay is Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

Wendy McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Teresa Admijos Burneo is a Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Prof Yvonne Weekes is a Theatre Arts Lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.


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Amazing Neutrinos
Age: 10+

FermilabHow did the universe begin? Why is the universe made up of matter? What happened to all the anti-matter? Neutrinos can help you answer these questions! Discover the secrets of these small, elusive particles at Fermilab: America’s leading neutrino physics and accelerator laboratory. Drive your curiosity through a live virtual tour exhibition. Talk to young scientists and find out what it takes to uncover the mysteries of the universe.

A group of young scientists will give you a virtual tour of Fermilab’s accelerator and neutrino detector divisions. Mehreen Sultana is a physics Ph.D student at University of Rochester on the MINERvA neutrino experiment. Dr. Maya Wospakrik is a Fermilab post-doctorate on the ICARUS and MicroBoone experiments. Cindy Joe is the Underground Facilities Coordinator who coordinates the needs of the accelerator and all underground experiments at Fermilab.

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Saturday 26 October
Venue: The Forum’s Gallery
Cost: Free, drop-in