Festival of Physics
  • High temperature super-conductor / Creative coding for kids workshops: Room 206/7, Roland Levinsky Building

  • Film screenings: Immersive Vision Theatre

  • Talks and demonstrations: Roland Levinsky Building

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On 23 November, the University of Plymouth will once again host the Festival of Physics. This day long event will feature a mixture of talks and demonstrations about different areas of physics, at a level accessible to the general public. 

Registration is essential for all events, especially for the screenings in the Immersive Vision Theatre which has limited seating. Please register your place via the above link.

Visit the Festival of Physics web page for the latest information regarding the programme and timings etc.

Preliminary lecture schedule (subject to change)

Time Speaker Title
09:30 - 10:00 Dr Tom Heinzl (University of Plymouth) How to build a light sabre
10:00 - 11:00 Dr Tamara Clelford, Swamphen Enterprise The rise and rise of data science
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:00 Dr Natasha Stephen, University of Plymouth Extra-terrestrial fieldwork, using meteorites to explore the solar system
14:00 - 14:30 Dr Shakil Awan, University of Plymouth Graphene biosensors
14:45 - 15:45 Dr Matt Telfer, University of Plymouth Methane ice dunes on Pluto
15:45 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Dr Martin Lavelle, University of Plymouth From the light bulb to quantum computing

Workshops (timings subject to change)

Take part in hands-on activities that will enhance your understanding of physics, big data and the Universe. 

  • 10:00 - 12:00: There will be two sessions in the Immersive Vision Theatre at the University, which will include showings of the Phantom of the Universe film and a brief tour of the Universe.
  • 10:00 - 11:00: High temperature super-conductor workshop, Badminton School. Venue: Room 206/7, Roland Levinsky Building
  • 13:30 - 15:30: Creative coding for kids, Tariq Rashid. Venue: Room 206/7, Roland Levinsky Building - attendance can be reserved on the day.

Lunchtime demonstrations and posters

There will also be demonstrations at lunch time and during the breaks. So far the following have been confirmed:

  • Swarm robots (Dr Alan Millard)
  • Theoretical physics poster
  • Wave demo tank (Siya Jin)
  • Particle physics card game (Dr Antonio Rago)
  • Photographic exhibition: Swords into ploughshares (Dr Chris Lavers)
  • Professor Rob Hicken, University of Exeter
  • Physics demonstrations from the IoP.


Tea and coffee will be served at the breaks. There are many options for buying food if you don't want to bring a packed lunch.

The festival is free to attend and open to everyone with an interest in physics. Please visit the festival webpage for the latest timings and information.

The event is organised by the South West branch of the Institute of Physics. Contact Dr Craig McNeile (email: craig.mcneile@plymouth.ac.uk) for queries.

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