Accelerator Physics

Public Engagement Activities

From museum exhibits to school talks, the Accelerator Physics Group are involved in a wide range of activities. 

For further information, or to suggest a project that you would like us to become involved in please contact us.

Forthcoming events

Big Bang 2017, The Cockcroft Institute will be back at the ‘Big Bang Fair’, Birmingham.

Collider: Step inside the World’s Greatest Experiment

Until the 28th September, the Collider exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), will recreate visiting the Large Hadron Collider through a host of different mediums. This immersive exhibit hopes to leave visitors with an impression of how instrumental the experiment is and will be in understanding the universe and its creation.

Members of the Accelerator and Particle Physics groups held consultations with organisers in the planning stage and have been involved with the launch of this fascinating exhibit. Many members continue to give talks and appear on panels for this event.

Click here to find out more and book a visit.

Big Bang Fair

For the past six years, the Cockcroft Institute and the accelerator group have had a stand at Birmingham’s ‘Big Bang Fair.’ The fair is the UK’s largest science and technology fair. To find out more click here.


SciBar, run by the British Science Association, is a bunch of people with a passing interest in science meeting once a month for an informal chat over a beer or wine in a pub.

Many members of the Accelerator group regular lead discussions at SciBars, presenting their research and then opening up the floor for questions and debate. They are run in Knutsford, Didsbury, Bollington, Macclesfield, Congleton, Wilmslow, Widnes and Chester, each with top researchers and captivating discussion.

Previous topics include:

  • Accelerating Proton Therapy in the UK - Hywel Owen
  • The Higgs boson is it there and does it matter? - Rob Appleby
  • Future Energy - How a Strange Rock and a Particle Accelerator Can Shape Our Future - Hywel Owen

If you have a general interest in science, then it's a good place to learn a bit more, or to ask the questions you've always wanted answered. To find out more, click here.

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