Culture Café - ‘Wonders of the Universe’
Culture Café – ‘Space: The Final Frontier’
Title: 'Wonders of the Universe’
Speaker: Professor Brad Gibson, Head of Physics & Maths and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull.
Date: Saturday 19th October 2019
Venue: University of Hull, Business School, Allam Lecture Theatre
Time: 11am – 1pm
In a Universe filled with stunning sights and sounds, a handful are of such remarkable power, fury, and beauty, that they must be seen to be believed. Join Professor Brad Gibson on an intergalactic tour and travel to the most awe-inspiring (and terrifying) corners of our Universe. If you thought your Bucket List was complete, think again!
Brad Gibson is the Head of Physics & Maths and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull. Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia, building the world's first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory and designing software to map the distribution of the chemical elements throughout the Universe. Brad was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe, as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale, for which the team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology. He was the first to identify the locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 news stories of the year. Brad's work has been acknowledged by his peers 20,000 times, making him Hull's most cited academic, and one of the top few percent in the world. His outreach efforts led to him being named the Institute of Physics’ John Porter Memorial Lecturer, the 2019 Leon Davies Lecturer, the Bexwyke Lecturer, and the Ray Bootland Lecturer; he has spoken at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the British Science Festival, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, opened for Brian Cox and Lucy Hawking at European AstroFest, and delivered a highly popular TED talk on the subject of the search for alien life.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session.
Enquiries: Jackie McAndrew - The Doctoral College
Telephone: 01482 466585
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The OpenCampus is a programme of research-led public engagement which showcases the work of our fantastic research staff and talented PhD students. You can attend one session or all the sessions in a series. Sessions are informal and friendly and are not traditional public lectures. We do not charge for admission to sessions so we utilise the University's normal teaching spaces when they are not required for student teaching (lecture theatres and seminar rooms). We try to provide access to one of the University Cafes as part of the experience, but cannot guarantee this. We try to time sessions to meet the needs of the majority of our learners. We like to accommodate the needs of all attendees (seen and unseen needs) by having a comfort break at each session. We may offer specialist one off sessions for which we may make a charge.
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