Dr Andrew Pratt gave a talk to school teachers at the National Science Learning Centre on 'Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials' as part of a course titled 'Inspiring Post-16 Chemistry".
Dr Yvette Hancock gave an Institute-of-Physics sponsored public lecture at Leeds University.
Professor Howard Wilson gave a public lecture for the Harrogate Astronomical Society.
Professor Howard Wilson gave a public lecture for the York Astronomical Society: his talk explores how scientists go about reproducing on Earth the fusion process which powers stars including our Sun, with the aim of achieving an abundant, clean energy supply.
On Friday 21st January, Dr David Jenkins gave two public lectures at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories on 'Nuclear Physics: Past and Present' - particularly commemorating the centenary of Rutherford coming up with the idea of the nucleus. The audience, totalling 200 people, were members of the public and sixth formers from Oxfordshire present at RAL to receive prizes for their studies from the Ogden Trust.
On Friday 14 January, staff and students from the Physics Department participated in a "Stargazing Live" event organised by St Peter's School in York. For full details please see our news feature on "Stargazing Live in York".
Dr Irene D'Amico gave a lecture to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on 11 January entitled "Engineering spookiness - entanglement, teleportation and the like".
Professor Brian Fulton gave a lecture to a capacity audience at the York Astronomical Society in which he explained how the nuclear reactions occurring in the formation of stars create the atoms which make up life on Earth.
Physics Research Services Manager Dave Coulthard and Dr Peter Thompson of the Psychology Department led a cycle tour of the Solar System scale model (models candlelit for the occasion) along the York-Selby cycle route.
A Physics pantomime, written by (and starring!) Dr Yvette Hancock. Based on Dr Hancock's children's book of the same title, 'Ellie' brings quantum physics concepts to life for a young audience through songs, dance and live music, in the exciting tale of an electron who becomes a star in Mr. Pauli’s Quantum Circus. The first performance of the pantomime was to an audience of 140 - approximately half of whom were aged 11 and under - in the Tempest Anderson Hall at the Yorkshire Museum on 2 January, as part of the joint Yorkshire Philosophical Society/York Museums Trust Christmas Family Lecture, with sponsorship from the Institute of Physics. Dr Hancock's supporting cast included researchers and graduate students from the Physics department. See our news pages for more information.