Talking Science at Daresbury Laboratory

Daresbury Talking Science 2017-18

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Did you know that Daresbury Laboratory hosts a monthly series of inspiring public lectures?

Come along and join us in finding out more about some of the amazing science and research that is currently happening in the world around us from the Big Bang to Dinosaurs and beyond!

Talking Science lectures are FREE but reservations must be made prior to the event. 

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31 October 2017, 17:30 Horizon Visitor Centre at Daresbury Laboratory

Dark Matter Day Family Workshop!

The Dark Matter Day logo

(Credit: Sandbox Studio, Chicago)

Suitable for families with children aged 8 - 11

In addition to Steve's Talk, families with children in Upper Primary School also have the opportunity to book onto a one off Interactive and Craft based Dark Matter Family Workshop. During this inspiring and exciting workshop, families will explore the work of Boulby Underground Laboratory before the children create their own Dark Matter Particle! We do not know what most of the Universe is made from – but STFC are trying to find out!

The Dark Matter Workshop lasts for 1 hour and will start promptly at 17:30 in the Horizon Visitor Centre at Daresbury Laboratory.

Please note that you must book tickets for every member of your family that you would like to attend this workshop - children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the limited number of tickets, please do not book unless you are sure that you will be attending.

Families with children under 12 are welcome to attend the Talking Science event too, but please be aware that the age that the lecture is appropriate for is 12+.

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31 October 2017, 19:00 to 20:00

Dr Steve Barrett

Dark Matter – Why Is It Dark? Does It Matter?

Dr Steve Barrett Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physics
University of Liverpool

More than 80% of all the matter in the Universe is 'dark matter'. Why is it dark? What is the evidence that makes us think that dark matter exists? What is dark matter made of? Does it matter? What are the consequences if dark matter does not exist?

Useful information:

Steve Barrett
Dark Matter Day is coming

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24 November 2017, 19:00 to 20:00

Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar

Eat, Sleep, Repeat!

Dr Indrayani Ghangrekar
Daphne Jackson Trust/ScienceGrrl

Day by day, there are certain basic things that we do - wake up, eat breakfast, start work, have lunch, continue work, have tea, go to bed. But why this pattern of behaviour? Why go to bed at night - because most people around us do it, or specifically because it’s night? Why do you get hungry at the same times each day? Come hear about some of the reasons why you live each day in a cyclical way.

Useful information:

Dr Indi Ghangrekar - Daphne Jackson Trust
Science Grrl

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4 December 2017, 19:00 to 20:00

Dr Chris North

The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Dr Chris North
Cardiff University

In 2015 the LIGO experiment detected Gravitational Waves from merging black holes, marking the Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy. This marks the beginning of an exciting new era in astronomy, building on decades of effort from thousands of scientists around the world, and highlighting quite how remarkable Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity still is after over 100 years. In this talk I’ll describe what General Relativity tells us about the Universe in simple terms, and what predictions it has made. I will also outline how the unbelievably precise measurements of gravitational waves are made, using some of the most accurate experiments on Earth. Finally, I’ll discuss what the future holds for this very exciting field, with the European “Advanced Virgo” detector having joined the search from Italy, and with some exciting plans afoot for the future.

Useful information:

Dr Chris North - Cardiff University
Gravitational Waves - STFC

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