Talking Science at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Talking Science at RAL brochure, 2016-2017
(Credit: STFC)

This series of fascinating and FREE monthly scientific lectures by invited speakers takes place at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory every month.

Book your place

Bookings are now open for our Winter talks. Booking is essential and can be done online or by calling 01235 445959.

If you have any queries please about Talking Science, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email us.

The next Talking Science at RAL

Discovering the Universe from beneath the surface

Emma Meehan, STFC Particle Physics Department (Boulby Mine) - Friday 24 March at 13.30 / 19:00, suitable for 12+

There’s a world of science that occurs deep beneath the Earth’s surface! Scientists in the North of England spend their days 1.1km underground in an active mine investigating the mysteries of the universe, from the search for Dark Matter to studies of geology, the environment and life in extreme environments on earth and possibly other planets. This talk will give an overview of the Boulby Deep Underground Laboratory; the science currently supported and plans for future science at Boulby. We will take you 1.1km underground with a live link to the actual laboratory where the onsite staff will give you a tour and a Q&A session.

Forthcoming talks

Exploring the deep: ocean vs space

Russell Arnott, Outreach Presenter for Whalefest’s Incredible Oceans – Friday 7 April 2017 at 13:30 / 19:00, suitable for 7+

Why have over 500 people been to space but only three have been to the bottom of the ocean? What limits did we have to overcome to send people into these environments? What are conditions like at the bottom of the deepest ocean? What is it like to live in space? This presentation investigates these questions and more as we discover that it’s harder to go underwater than you might think...

To catch a monopole

Dr Tom Whyntie, School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University London – Friday 19 May 2017 at 13:30 / 19:00, suitable for 12+

The discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider completed the Standard Model of particle physics. So what’s next? The MoEDAL experiment aims to find evidence for a completely new type of particle - the magnetic monopole – in the LHC’s proton-proton collisions. Predicted by Paul Dirac – who also predicted the existence of antimatter – its discovery would completely revolutionise physics as we know it. What’s more – you can help with the search! This talk will tell you everything you need to know about the quest for Dirac’s magnetic monopole at the LHC.

Further information

RAL Campus map with parking
(Credit: STFC)

All talks last for approximately 1 hour, with 15 minutes for questions. Once you have arrived at the site, there will be signs directing to parking and registration. For daytime talks parking will be in our overflow car park, which is marked on the map below as a dark blue car. It is then a short walk to Reception R75 (marked in green) and then onto R22 (marked in pink). For evening talks, parking will be on site.

For information on how to get to RAL please follow the link below.

How to get to RAL

  • Cardiff University and BBC Sky at Night presenter – Dr Chris North (Friday 7 October 2016)
  • Nuclear Power: Digging Deep and Aiming High – Dr Claire Corkhill (Friday 16 September 2016)
  • The Oldest Light in the Universe – Dr Chris Pearson (Friday 10 June 2016)
  • Indestructible Energy – Dr Jamie Gallagher (Friday 20 May 2016)
  • The Oldest Light in the Universe – Dr Chris Pearson (Friday 10 June 2016)
  • Why Bats Don’t Get Fresher’s Flu - Dr Tom August (Friday 15 April 2016)
  • Vaccines for old and new pathogens - Professor Helen McShane (Friday 11 March 2016)
  • Insects: Sex, violence and a cast of billions - Dr George McGavin (Friday 17 February 2016)
  • Hypothesis Hunter: Adventures in the Inner Space of the Face – Dr Todd C. Rae (Friday 11 December 2015)
  • LHC: The Higgs and what comes next – Prof. William Murray (Friday 27 November 2015)
  • Eat my Science – Stefan Gates (Friday 30 October 2015)
  • World Space Week: How the Earth takes selfies! - Dan Wicks and Sam Adlen (Friday 9 October 2015)
  • European Researchers’ Night: One night, several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond! (Friday 25 September 2015)
  • Henry Moseley: a scientist lost to war – Russell Egdell and Andy Dent (Thursday 17 September/Friday 18 September 2015)
  • Revealing Silken Secrets – Dr. Ann Terry (Friday 19 June 2015)
  • Manufacturing Regenerative Therapies – Dr. Karen Coopman (Friday 8 May 2015)
  • Nuclear Energy – The Facts Behind the Fuss – Dr. John Roberts (Monday 13 April 2015)
  • The Light Fantastic – Diamond Light Source, RAL Space and the Central Laser Facility (Friday 20 March 2015)
  • Eat, Play, Collide! - Dr. Suzie Sheehy (Friday 20 February 2015)
  • Finding Richard III: The Grey Friars Project - Dr Turi King (Friday 6 January 2015)
  • Comets Near and Far - Prof Alan Fitzsimmons (Friday 5 December 2014)
  • “Why Blood is Red and Grass is Green” – what we and the things around us, are made of – Prof. Simon Phillips (Friday 21 November 2014)
  • The Ugly Animal Roadshow - Simon Watt (Friday 31 October 2014)
  • Engineering Past and Future - Prof John Womersley (Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Café Scientifique)
  • Cayman Caves and Past Life in Paradise - Prof Phil Manning (Friday 25 September 2014)
  • Exploring the universe near and far: Highlights from ESA's space science programme - Prof Mark McCaughrean (Monday 9 June 2014)
  • The Building Blocks of the Universe - Dr Emannuel Olaiya (Friday 9 May 2014)
  • The Story of Crystallography: How the Braggs Changed the World 03 September
  • Chemical Magic - Dr Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut (Friday 19 April)
  • What earthworms know about climate change - Professor Mark Hodson (Friday 25 January 2013)
  • Science Circus Show - Dr Ken Farquhar (Friday 15 February)
  • Inserting dinosaurs into synchrotrons - Phil Manning (Friday 8 March) 
  • Higgs Boson - Dr William Murray (Friday 07 December 2012)
  • Physics and the Games IOP - David James and Leon Foster, Sheffield Hallam University (Friday 16 November 2012)
  • Life on Mars - Steve Cutts (Friday 5 October 2012)
  • Power mad - Dr Dan Faircloth (Friday 20 April 2012) 
  • An astronaut in space - Tim Peake (Friday 11 May 2012) 
  • Creative sparks and celestial fire - Christopher Parkin (Friday 8 June 2012) 
  • Ernest Rutherford and the big bang machine - Dr Bruce Kennedy (20 January 2012) 
  • It takes guts - The Science Museum Team (17 February 2012) 
  • A nourishing legacy: Sport, nutrition and communities - Peter Wootton-Beard (30 March 2012)
  • Surfing to the stars... A life in Astronomy - Amy Tyndall (09 December 2011) 
  • X-rays to antimatter - Dr Michael wilson (25 November 2011) 
  • Super intense lasers - Ceri Brenner (14 October 2011) 
  • How alien invaders can change governments - Chris Frost (06 May 2011)
  • In search of the northern lights - Jim Wild (25 May 2011) 
  • The big squeeze - putting materials under pressure - Colin Pulham (24 June 2011) 
  • Nuclear physics - past and present - David Jenkins (21 January 2011) 
  • Astronomy - an incredible journey of discovery - Marek Kukula (16 February 2011) 
  • Reading the unreadable, probing manuscripts beyond the written word - Tim Wess (11 March 2011) 
  • Cows in the Maze - mathematical explorations - Ian Stewart (12 November 2010) 
  • Focus on fusion - Dr Melanie Windridge (3 December 2010) 
  • 50 years of the laser and its implications in medicine - Taj Bhutta / Mahmood Bhutta (15 October 2010) 
  • Antimatter - Professor Frank Close (15 January 2010) 
  • Nuclear chocolate bars and laser light shows - Dr Elizabeth Ainsbury and Dr John O'Hagen (24 February 2010) 
  • Darwin's Islands - Dr David Robertson (26 March 2010) 
  • The Large Hadron Collider: Big science, big bangs and black holes - Dr Kristian Harder (14 May 2010) 
  • The genetics of ear diseases, and Fair Trade in the NHS - Mahmood Bhutta (18 June 2010)

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