The Physics and Astronomy Section are organising the following events for the 2018 British Science Festival:

Exploding stars and colliding black holes

In 2017, seventy observatories simultaneously pointed their telescopes towards the same object to witness a ground-breaking event: the first visualisation of the source of gravitational waves. Stephen Smart details how recent technological advancements allow us to catch neutron star and black hole collisions in the act. 

A dark and invisible world

One hundred years ago Richard Feynman- a pioneering researcher of sub-atomic particles- was born. Jon Butterworth looks at what's been achieved in our understanding of this invisible world and ponders: what mysteries remain? What can particle physics reveal about the Universe? 

President 2018: Professor Jon Butterworth, University College London 
President 2017: Professor Michele Dougherty, Imperial College London
President 2016: Professor Philip Diamond, University of Manchester
President 2015: Professor Stephen Sweeney, University of Surrey
President 2014: Professor Louise Harra, University College London

Recorder: Dr. Chris Harrison, Durham University