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      Please find attached the slides from the speakers at the Oxford Summer School, details below.


      Talk 1 – Con-Fusion or Gone Fission? What does nuclear physics research have to offer?


      Adam Tuff, PhD student, University of York


      Nuclear physics is one of the most publicly misunderstood areas of science, often gaining a negative reputation in the media. However, the field of nuclear physics is extremely broad, encompassing many research areas from the examination of the structure of the atomic nucleus itself, to the study of the nuclear reactions that occur in our sun and the stars. Nuclear physics research also involves development of safe, economical and sustainable means of producing energy from future nuclear power plants as well as tackling issues such as disposal of nuclear wastes. I will present an overview of some of these nuclear physics research areas and the current research being conducted. 


      About Adam A final year Postgraduate student at the Department of Physics at the University of York, Adam’s PhD work involves study of astrophysical nuclear reactions taking place in X-Ray busters; an environment of extreme temperatures creating very exotic nuclei, releasing vast quantities of energy second only to supernovae. This research is important in understanding the rates at which these reactions take place, and the abundance of isotopes created in stellar explosions. Adam has a strong history of involvement in outreach activities both locally and nationally, and recently won the Wellcome Trust’s I’m a Scientist…Get Me Out of Here!, a competition in which school students get to meet and interact with scientists, and vote for their favourite competitors in X-Factor style knock-outs. Adam hopes to continue working in nuclear physics research post-PhD.



      Talk 2 – Craters, Collisions and Catastrophes 


      Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich


      Wherever we look in the Solar System we find that planets and moons are littered with craters blasted out by the impact of comets and asteroids. But can these giant space rocks ever hit the Earth – and what happens when they do? Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, describes some of the biggest explosions in history and looks at how we might try to prevent them in future.

      which caters to 24,000 pupils annually with a programme of workshops and study days designed to support the science curriculum.


      About Marek After completing a doctorate in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Observatory Marek carried out research into black holes and distant galaxies at a number of astronomy centres, including the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Marek subsequently worked for the University of Edinburgh’s Office of Lifelong Learning as Course Organiser for Science, Archaeology and Computing, and as Project Manager for Researchers in Residence, a UK-wide scheme to train young scientists to work with secondary school pupils. As Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich he’s responsible for bringing astronomy to a wider audience via the Observatory’s exhibitions and public programme as well as through the media. Marek also works on the Observatory’s schools programme which caters to 24,000 pupils annually with a programme of workshops and study days designed to support the science curriculum.




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