Particle Physics

Public Engagement Activities

The Particle Physics group at Manchester is one of our largest, with about one hundred members. They have hosted and created a wide range of outreach activities, including the Particle Physics Masterclass for A-level students, which has been held every year since 1997.

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

Forthcoming Events

Particle Physics Masterclass will run again this year.

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 group 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.

Particle Physics Masterclass

The Particle Physics Masterclass is a one-day event specifically designed for sixth form students and their teachers and run at the University of Manchester by researchers from our Particle Physics Group.

The nationwide programme of Masterclasses began in 1997 and has proved to be stimulating and informative for thousands of students and hundreds of schools. This event is primarily intended for those students taking modules which include particle physics at 'A' or 'AS' level, but is also open to any physics student or teacher interested in studying or teaching the subject.

Masterclasses consist of a mixture of talks given by researchers in the Particle Physics Group and hands-on practical sessions.

Dates for Masterclass 2017 will be available shortly. Find out more by clicking here.

Royal Society – Summer Science Exhibition 2014

Following the discovery of the long-sought after Higgs Boson, the Particle Group co-sponsored – “The Higgs Boson and Beyond” – an exhibit at the 2013 and 2014 Summer Science Exhibition. Physicists in the group along with collaborators from other UK universities created this exhibit in order to give visitors a glimpse into what the Higgs Boson can tell us about new theories describing the laws of nature.

This highly interactive exhibit allowed visitors to shoot electron beams and control them using magnetic fields, have a go at measuring the Higgs mass, and even have a go at winning the “Higgs lottery” by finding one of its rarest decays.

To find out more about Summer Science, click here.

Popular Non-Fiction

Professor Jeff Forshaw and Professor Brian Cox have now collaborated on two popular Science books:

• Why does E=mc2?
An engaging and accessible explanation of Einstein's equation that explores the principles of physics through everyday life. Professor Brian Cox and Professor Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation.

• The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does.
A brilliantly ambitious mission to show that everyone can understand the deepest questions of science. What is quantum physics? How does it help us understand our amazing world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why, above all, can we be sure that the theory is correct?

Both books have been powerful tools for communicating complex scientific ideas to the public. Jeff and Brian have been awarded the Kelvin Medal, in recognition of the importance of promoting public awareness of the place of physics in the world, in 2013 and 2010 respectively and Brian has won the Royal Society Faraday Prize. The popular TV series “Wonders of the Solar System” and “Wonders of the Universe”, presented by Brian, have appeared as book and DVDs

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