BDAE Lecture – The Rise & Fall of the Atomic Age

The talk will track the rise of the Atomic age from its birth in the 1940s and follow its downward spiral to the current opinions on nuclear technology today. He’ll discuss if Nuclear power is something to be afraid of or if it could potentially answer some of the problems we face today. He invites you to join him on the journey which will look at the “Rise and fall of the Atomic Age”!

Thursday, 20th April and is preceded by a very short AGM. It will be held in the Studio at Forum 28, at 7.30pm.

Poster here:

NI Lecture Poster

Christopher gallagher Press release

STEM Women Summer School, Thursday 29-Saturday 1 July 2017

STEM Women Summer School, Thursday 29-Saturday 1 July 2017

Following last year’s hugely successful initiative, Corpus Christi College is pleased to announce that it will again be hosting a three-day residential summer school for Year 12 women at all UK schools who are interested in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering and are planning to apply to a competitive university in autumn 2016. Teachers are invited to notify eligible students of this opportunity. Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

NOTE – the eligibility criteria include that you have done some work from the Isaac Physics Website – see Mr Thompson if you need help with this.

Mr T

Summer School for Year 12

There are still places available on the Physics Stream at the Warwick Sutton Trust Summer School, with only a few days left to apply (deadline for students’ applications is THURSDAY 2 MARCH).

The summer school will involve a range of academic, informative and social activities designed to replicate a 1st year undergraduate experience at a world-class university. In the Physics stream, participants will sample a range of different areas within physics during the week. The course will simulate a real undergraduate experience with a mixture of laboratory experimental session and theory.

See link below for details

Amazing Opportunity for Year 12

The University of Sydney, the University of York & the Ogden Trust have teamed up to provide five scholarships for year 12 Physics students from the UK to attend the International Science School in Sydney. Full scholarships cover all costs for the two-week programme, including flights, accommodation, meals & activities. In other words — it’s free! Teachers can nominate up to two students per school and full details, including a link to the online application form, are available at:

Tell Mr Thompson if you are interested.

Furness Astro Meeting

Friday 3rd February at 7:30pm in the Lower Meeting Room of Trinity Church Centre on Abbey Road in Barrow-in-Furness. The post code is LA14 5HT; Trinity Church Centre is opposite Kwik Fit and the entrance is at the back in Warwick Street.

We have a return visit this time from Stuart Atkinson from Eddington Astronomical Society at Kendal. His subject is ‘New Horizons and Pluto’.

The full list of speakers and meeting dates for this season is available on the web-site – please have a look and print it so that you have a record. I think you will agree that there is something for everybody.

Don’t forget that you can now access and borrow books, videos and DVD’s from our library at the meeting.

Any prospective new members who want to join may also pay by cash/cheque at this meeting.

Work Experience at the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI)

Any A level students interested in our annual work experience have until the 28th February to apply!
Each year we welcome 15 A-Level students for a week long work experience programme. This week consists of talks, workshops and an in-depth group research project supervised by professional astronomers here in the department. The week culminates in the students producing a report and presenting their findings to the rest of the group and invited staff from the ARI.
There is no charge for this work experience week; all we ask is that the students can easily commute to the ARI office in Liverpool City Centre (146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF).
The next work experience week will take place between Monday 10th July and Friday 14th July 2017.
You can apply and get more information here:

Amazing Opportunity for year 12

See below – more details available from Mr T

STEMFirst are working with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP) (see ), and we are seeking 16 students studying STEM subjects at A level (or equivalent) to become its STEM Scholars. Scholars will be joining one of the largest multi-disciplinary maritime archaeology projects ever attempted. They will explore research questions about sea-level change, marine palaeo-climates and marine archaeology in the Bulgarian Black Sea and carry out their own projects.

This exciting programme aims to give research and expedition opportunities to students who would not usually get access to such experiences.

The project is to allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds / first generation considering HE / low income families , to take part in a life changing opportunity to work with the University of Southampton and go to the Black Sea on a research trip in September 2017.

Students will need to register their interest  and then complete an application form (including a short written assignment) with a parent consent form and a teacher reference. The application form, further details and eligibility criteria can be found on the Black Sea MAP website:

Deadline for applications is 9am Wednesday 22 February 2017. Teachers are welcome to nominate students through the on-line registration form.