IoP Tyndall Schools Lecture 2018

IoP Tyndall Schools Lecture tour Jan-Feb 2018 – Physics of the circus, James Soper.

James Soper, internationally renowned science presenter, ex-professional circus performer and Guinness World Record holding juggler, performs this fast-paced and interactive show especially written for 14-16 year-olds and the Tyndall Lectures.


Date Location Venue, Time Contact name, email and number
Tuesday 30 Jan Carlow Carlow IT WIT- 12 noon Yvonne Kavanagh, Tel: 059 9175709
Wed 31 Jan Waterford Waterford IT, 12 noon Gabriel Gallagher, Tel: 051 302 645
Thursday 1 Feb Cork UCC, 12 noon and 2pm Irene Horne, Tel: 021 490 2013
Thursday 2 Feb Limerick UL 10am and 12 noon Josephine Hogan, Tel: 061 202578
Monday 5 Feb Sligo Sligo IT, 12 noon Eileen Armstrong, Tel: 071 930 5531
Tuesday 6 Feb Derry Foyle College 12 noon Sandra O’Connell, Tel: +44 79898 90331
Wednesday 7 Feb Belfast QUB 1.30pm; Tel: +44 2890 973533
Thursday 8 Feb Dublin DCU 11.30am and 2pm, Tel: 01 700 8975
Friday 9 Feb Galway NUI Galway 12 noon Tel 091 492490

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Tyndall 2013 – Powering the Future:The Physics of Fusion

The Tyndall Lectures, held throughout Ireland every January/February, use demonstrations and interactivity to enthuse schoolchildren and show how their class work relates to modern areas of physics research. In 2013 the venues are: Dublin, Carlow, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry & Belfast.

Tyndall 2013 – Powering the Future – The Physics of Fusion
Find out how the reaction that powers the sun could provide a clean energy source for the future.  This exciting, interactive talk builds on everyday physics to explain:

  • The physics behind the fusion reaction that powers the sun;
  • How physicists are trying to replicate the fusion reaction in massive experiments at places such as JET, the world’s largest nuclear fusion experiment at Culham
  • The potential for harnessing the energy produced in the fusion reaction as a future alternative to fossil fuels.

With hands-on demonstrations we will explore the challenges of creating facilities that can withstand the high temperatures of the sun in order to create the fusion reaction on earth. 

Melanie Windridge is a physicist and science communicator with experience in live presenting, television and writing.   

She has a PhD in Fusion Energy from Imperial College London, and spent much of her research time at the JET research facility at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.   

Melanie makes regular TV appearances, including BBC Bang Goes the Theory, Country Tracks, My Genius Idea and James May’s Things You Need to Know About… Einstein, and has presented online podcasts.  

In 2010 Melanie was the Institute of Physics Schools lecturer and spoke to over 10,000 students about fusion. 

Audience: 14 – 16 year olds (with some overlap into LC Physics)

Talk Duration: 1 hour

Curriculum links include
How science works – applications and implications of science, energy resources, radioactivity, stars and fusion.

Dates and booking information
The Tyndall lecture is free but there are limited places available at each venue, so booking ahead is essential.

Science in Art Workshop for Teens in NUI Galway

FREE once-off Science in Art Workshop for Teens aged 14-18years will take place on Saturday 30th April 13:30-16:30 at NUI Galway. It will be run by the ‘Explore Science in Art’ project team. The workshop will blur the boundaries between art and science by showing the scientific method and principles involved in art and the creativity required in science.

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