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CUWiP UK 2020 - York Organising Committee

Dr Marina Petri Dr Marina Petri (Chair)

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Physics. I am performing cutting edge experiments at international accelerator laboratories to study the structure of atomic nuclei, ie how protons and neutrons arrange themselves and how they interact among each other to form complex nuclei. 

Being a female researcher in a male-dominated field has encouraged me to support under-represented groups in Physics, a role I formalised by being appointed as the Chair of the Equality and Inclusion Committee of the Department of Physics. I am also an outreach enthusiast, having delivered numerous public talks around the country.

Professor Sarah Thompson

I am the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Sciences, where I was Head of the Department of Physics for six years from 2011 to 2017. I have more than 25 years research experience in the magnetic and transport properties of thin film magnetic materials, spintronics and nanothermal properties; often working at the academic to industry interface. I served as Vice President of the Institute of Physics (Science and Innovation) from 2015 to 2019 and on various Strategic Advisory Teams of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for a total of nine years.

An enthusiast for science communication, I have delivered the BA Kelvin Lecture on Designer Magnetic Materials, exhibited at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition and was awarded the Institute of Physics Award for Public Awareness of Physics. Having previously thoroughly enjoyed speaking at CUWiP, I am now on the national Institute of Physics Steering Committee for CUWiP and I am delighted it is coming to York! In 2012 I was awarded the MBE for services to Higher Education.

 Beth Medley Mrs Beth Medley I am the Employability and Placement Officer for the Department. I have over 15 years of experience in project support and event management, and eight years in teaching and assessing in business and professional skills. My primary focus is to support physics undergraduates to successfully apply for technical summer internships and graduate roles.
 Profile Picture Dr Kate Lancaster I am an experimental plasma physicist with expertise in inertial fusion energy and ultra-intense laser plasma interactions, industrial engagement, knowledge transfer, teaching and science communication (speaking, broadcast and written). I am the programme leader for the MSc in Fusion Energy.
Katherine Leech Dr Katherine Leech I am the Schools Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator for the Department. I joined the Department in 2013 and, since this time, have worked on a range of projects to widen participation in Physics from under-represented groups. Prior to my role at York I was a secondary school Physics teacher for nine years, and taught in a range of different contexts including inner-city comprehensives, international schools and boarding schools.
 Dr Demie Kepaptsoglou Demie Kepaptsoglou I am a research scientist at the SuperSTEM facility and a Lecturer in the Department. My background is in Metallurgy Engineering and Materials Science, and before joining York I worked in different countries and institutions such as the National Technical University of Athens in Greece, the University of Oslo in Norway and the University of Manchester. My research field is electron microscopy, and how the atomic structure of energy materials relates to their physical properties.
 Liz Davies Liz Davies I am PA to the Head of Department in Physics and joined the Department in 2016. I provide administrative support to the CUWiP planning committee and will respond to any queries you may have in relation to the conference at cuwip@york.ac.uk.