School of Physics & Astronomy

Discover Physics

Are you, in line with Heisenberg’s famous principle, just a little uncertain about some aspects of physics?

What does a physicist actually do all day?

What does a physics degree entail, and what opportunities does it lead to?

What does it take to publish a research paper?

And how accurate is The Big Bang Theory?!


Discover Physics 2017 is a two-day event that will not only provide answers to these questions, but give you the opportunity to do real, hands-on research from topics ranging from the nanoscopically tiny to the galactically huge. The event is designed to give A-level students a real insight into university-level physics and astronomy, and is open to Year 12 and Year 13 students. 

At this event, which is free to attend and includes a one-night stay in university accommodation, you’ll meet research scientists, lecturing staff, and current students, for a real experience of studying physics and astronomy at the University of Nottingham.

Event programme

The programme for the two-day event is as follows:

Tuesday 11 April

  • 6pm - Welcome reception
  • 7pm - Introduction and overview of the event
  • 7.30pm - Lecture, followed by a Q&A

Wednesday 12 April

  • 9.15am - Opening session
  • 10am - Workshop 1
  • 11.30am - Workshop 2
  • 12.30pm - Lunch
  • 1.30pm - Workshop 3
  • 2.30pm - Workshop 4
  • 3.30pm - Closing session
  • 4pm - Depart

The workshops cover a range of topics including particle physics and astronomy, and session titles will be available here closer to the time.

How to register

For more information, or to register your interest in this event, please complete the form below.

Please note, the deadline for registration is Monday 20th March.

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School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham NG7 2RD

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