Frontiers of Physics 2015

30 September 2015

Almost 90 students, teachers, exhibitors and presenters converged on NUI Galway recently for the 15th annual IOP Ireland Frontiers of Physics Teachers Conference. The event, which is supported by the Professional Development Service for Teachers, combines cutting edge physics with practical sessions.

Frontiers of Physics 2015

Keynote speaker, Prof Frank Close gave a riveting account of Bruno Pontecorvo, the father of neutrino astronomy and a brilliant nuclear physicist who disappeared through the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. Many aspects of physics were highlighted by speakers from NUI Galway including Dr Miriam Byrne, speaking on the quality of air in schools, Dr Mat Redman on our astrophysical origins and Dr Mark Foley on biomedical physics, while Dr Veronica McAuley and Martin McHugh from the School of Education spoke on teaching and learning with videos and hooks. 

Complementing the highlights of physics research were practical sessions on bringing physics back to the classroom including workshops on exploring light with Sean O’Gorman, Eleanor Noal on CERN and particle physics, Rebekah D’Arcy on states of matters while the Science on Stage team had series of demos and ideas which that had picked up at the recent SoS event in London. The event closed with a session reviewing and discussing  the 2015 Leaving Certificate physics paper .

With almost 20 exhibitors at the event there was also plenty of opportunities to pick up helpful materials and devices for teaching.

More images of the event, courtesy of Paul Nugent, at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/135248092@N03/5D3wCM