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Physics and life

24 March 2017

IOP Ireland’s annual Spring Meeting took physics and life as its theme and had over 100 attending in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin

Prof Louise Harra, UCL, Dr Anne McVigh, gallery owner, Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Dr Josephine McCormick, artist and Dr Sheila Gilheany, IOP
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IOP Ireland exhibiting
at Irish Science Teachers Association conference 7-9 April Maynooth

Novel photonic mechanisms
for optical manipulation, switching, and light-harvesting in nanostructured molecular systems. Prof David Andrews University of East Anglia. DCU, TCD 30-31st March.

Gravitional wave astronomy talks
with Prof Shiho Kobayashi, Liverpool John Moore's University - UCC, UCD, QUB, 27-29 March

Teacher resource
Physics on Stage booklet, available

Manifesto for physics
Northern Ireland Assembly election 2 March

Catch the physics buskers in the Foyle Arena
Derry on 25 Feb and Belfast, St George's Market, on 26 Feb at the NI Science Festival

STEM in action, female workshops
24 Feb, Belfast Met College


24 March

  • 1896 AA Popov makes the world’s first radio transmission
  • 1965 Spacecraft Ranger 9 broadcasts television images of the moon shortly before crash landing
  • 1993 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 is discovered just over a year before it collides with Jupiter
  • 1820 Birth of AE Becquerel, discoverer of the photovoltaic effect, on which solar cells depend
  • 1891 Birth of Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, the co-discoverer of what is now known as Cherenkov radiation – the light produced by a charged particle moving through a dielectric medium faster than the velocity of light in that medium
  • 1893 Birth of Walter Baade, the astronomer who first classified stars into distinct groups – Population I or Population II – determined that supernovae were a new, previously unknown class of object and hypothesized the existence of neutron stars
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