School of Physics & Astronomy

Discover Physics 2018

Discover Physics 2018  has now taken place.  If you are interested in attending the event in 2019.  Please check back again in October for the new dates. 

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 2018 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.

Discover Physics 2018 will take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April 2018 .

Event programme

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

Day one

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

Day two

  • 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

This event has now taken place. Details of Discover Physics 2019 will appear in October.


School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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