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UWS delighted to be hosting the annual Institute of Physics (IOP) Nuclear Physics Conference at its Paisley Campus for the first time, from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 April 2018.

This prestigious 3-day national conference covers all aspects of nuclear-physics research, with speakers from the UK and from abroad.

The plenary talks, public lecture and the STFC Town meeting will be held in Chancellor’s Hall, located in the Brough building, which is adjacent to the main reception of the campus. Parallel talks will be held in the Coats building (P block), in rooms P114 and P118. The exhibition and poster presentation will be held in the upper atrium area in the Brough building.

The conference also includes a Whisky tasting session on the Wednesday evening and a conference dinner on the Thursday evening. Lunches and coffee breaks are provided on each day.

Public Lecture - Who Split the Atom?

As part of this conference, leading theoretical nuclear physicist, Professor Jim Al-Khalili will deliver a public lecture entitled Who spilt the atom? on 4 April at 6.30pm.

This lecture will see Professor Al-Khalili, a renowned theoretical nuclear physicist, author, and broadcaster, look back at some of the key moments in nuclear physics in the first decades of the 20th century. Professor Al-Khalili will examine the meaning of the phrase 'splitting the atom', covering what was achieved in the early experiments and who should take the credit. During his talk Professor Al-Khalili will discuss this and the role played by Ernest Rutherford, who was perhaps the first ever nuclear physicist, over 100 years ago, in 1918.

About Professor Al-Khalili

Since 2005, Professor Jim Al-Khalili has held a joint chair in physics and in public engagement in science at the University of Surrey. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 from the University of Surrey before taking up a SERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCL, subsequently returning to Surrey. In 1994, he was awarded a five-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and was appointed as a permanent member of staff in 1999. He is president-elect of the British Science Association, and will be taking up office in September of this year.

We are especially pleased that we have a public lecture by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who is one of the most high-profile and well-known science broadcasters in the UK.
Professor John F. Smith, School of Engineering & Computing, UWS

Professor John F. Smith, Reader in Nuclear Physics in the School of Engineering & Computing at UWS continued: "The IoP Nuclear Physics Conference acts as a showcase for UK nuclear physics and it offers the opportunity for PhD students from across the UK to come and present their research – it is an important part of the nuclear-physics calendar and we are delighted to be hosting the conference for the first time this year".

Registration for the guest lecture on Wednesday 4 April at 6:30pm is free of charge. Please note, you will need to confirm your attendance in advance (email Ana Santos - details below). For further information: visit the conference website, view the conference programme or download the conference handbook (below).

Conference Handbook

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This handbook includes all the information you will need while onsite at the conference. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Ana Santos (details below).

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Institute of Physics - Nuclear Physics Conference 2018


4 April

09:00 - 22:00


University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus