REF2014 Impact Case "Engaging the public with current research in Particle Physics"

RHUL Centre for Particle Physics - list of relevant outreach events in the period from January 1, 2008 to July 31, 2013.

Particle Physics outreach activities, such as lectures and media engagement

The lectures are adapted to the different audiences addressed and evolve over time, to incorporate new ideas or findings, and to address audience feedback.

(Note to speakers: Please enter below the information on all outreach lectures you gave, in reverse chronological order. Only enter talks up to 31/7/2013 (and not before Jan 2008) and use the formatting suggested below.)

Title of talk (Speaker)
Event
Location; Date
(Audience characterisation and audience size estimate, if possible)

Dr Tracey Berry

ATLAS and the Search for New Physics (T Berry)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 19, 2013.
(20-25 School teachers)

ATLAS and the Search for New Physics (T Berry)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 16, 2012.
(20-25 School teachers)

Ambassador for Particle Physics at “LHC On Tour”,
Central Hall, Westminster, London; July 13, 2012.

Searches for New Physics at ATLAS (T Berry)
Talk at the IOP Teachers Conference/Residential Course#
Royal Holloway, University of London; April 1, 2012.
(Teachers)

ATLAS & LHC (T Berry)
Langley Grammar School; March 16, 2012.
(Year 10 students)

Guest Speaker at “Physics, Chemistry and Materials Reunion”
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford; September 10, 2011.

ATLAS and the Search for New Physics (T Berry)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 2010.
(20-25 School teachers)

ATLAS & LHC (T Berry)
Talk at U3A Farnham
Farnham; May, 2010.

ATLAS and the Search for New Physics (T Berry)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 2009.
(20-25 School teachers)

ATLAS & LHC (T Berry)
LVS Ascot School; May, 2009.
(A-level students)

ATLAS & LHC (T Berry)
Sir Williams's Perkins School, Chertsey; January, 2009.
(A-level students)

Dr Veronique Boisvert

Finding the Higgs (V Boisvert)
Talk in "The Lost Lectures" series
Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY; August 30, 2012.
(500 young professionals in London area, paying audience - event sold out; video of presentation has been viewed in excess of 2000 times)

A tunnel to the beginning of time: a lecture on Particle Physics and the Large Hadron Collider (V Boisvert)
Talk at Stanley Primary School
Teddington, Middlesex; February 23, 2012.
(20 8-11 yrs old children, and 20 adults - parents, teachers, other school staff)

A tunnel to the beginning of time: the LHC and ATLAS (V Boisvert)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July, 2011.
(20-25 School teachers)

A tunnel to the beginning of time, Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
Talk at U3A Spelthorne
Spelthorne; July 16, 2009.
(50, U3A age group)

A tunnel to the beginning of time: the LHC and ATLAS (V Boisvert)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July, 2008.
(20-25 School teachers)

Prof. Glen Cowan

Discovering the particles of Nature (G Cowan)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 23, 2013.
(20-25 School teachers)

Discovering the particles of Nature (G Cowan)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 16, 2012.
(20-25 School teachers)

Physics of the Large Hadron Collider (G Cowan)
University of London Physics Taster Day
Royal Holloway, University of London; June 26, 2012.
(50 A-level students, prospective undergraduates)

Discovering the particles of Nature (G Cowan)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 21, 2011.
(20-25 School teachers)

Physics of the Large Hadron Collider (G Cowan)
University of London Physics Taster Day
Royal Holloway, University of London; July 1, 2011.
(50 A-level students, prospective undergraduates)

Beautiful Equations
BBC4 documentary (60 mins.), originally broadcast on December 14, 2010.
Cowan contributed to this documentary and is included in the footage (5 minute segment).
The original broadcast of the program was in the top 5 most-watched programs that week, and was watched by an audience of 336,000 people.
There were 5 additional repeat broadcasts, in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Physics of the Large Hadron Collider (G Cowan)
University of London Physics Taster Day
Royal Holloway, University of London; June 24, 2010.
(50 A-level students, prospective undergraduates)

Antimatter: the picture that was not reversed (G Cowan)
Talk at Henrietta Barnett School (Girls school)
Central Square, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London; January 11, 2010
(30 students; teachers)

Discovering the particles of Nature (G Cowan)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 20, 2009.
(20-25 School teachers)

Discovering the particles of Nature (G Cowan)
Talk at Science for Society - Particle Physics course
Residential course for Teachers, funded by the Goldsmiths' Company (Charity and Education)
Brunel University; July 24, 2008.
(20-25 School teachers)

Prof. Jocelyn Monroe

Monroe was an interview subject for the article "Hunting dark matter with DNA" that appeared in Science News magazine
(online edition: October 31, 2012; print edition: December 1, 2012).

Direct Detection of Dark Matter (J Monroe)
Talk at the National Academy of Sciences China-U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California; October 12, 2012.
(100 researchers at the faculty or equivalent level, across all the sciences)

Particle Physics at the Dark Frontier (J Monroe)
Talk at the RHUL Alumni evening
Royal Holloway, University of London; March 15, 2012.
(300 Alumni)

The search for Dark Matter (J Monroe)
Short video, made by First Sight Media, commissioned for the 125th Anniversary of Royal Holloway, launched November 8, 2011.
(The video was also shown at the Royal Society on November 8, 2011, to an audience of ca. 100 across academia, industry and politics.)

Monroe was a panellist in the Dark Matter Salon at the World Science Festival, hosted by David Kestenbaum, US NPR (National Public Radio) science correspondent.
NYU, Kimmel Center, New York; June 3, 2011.
(Audience included approx. 100 members of the general public. The event was also covered in other media outlets, eg Scientific American.)

Direct Dark Matter Detection (J Monroe)
Talk at the Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
MIT; January 16, 2011.
(200 undergraduate women in physics majors)

Particle Physics at the Dark Frontier (J Monroe)
Talk at the 10th Anniversary Pappalardo Fellowships Symposium
MIT; October 19, 2010.
(The video of the talk is freely available and has been viewed in excess of 1500 times)

Dr Pedro Teixeira-Dias

After the public announcement of the discovery of the Higgs particle, in July 2012, Teixeira-Dias has given several public/outreach talks, all invited, on the quest to understand the origin of mass of elementary particles, and the search and discovery of the Higgs particle. The talk (usually entitled ``The Higgs particle and the quest for the origin of mass'') has changed over this period, to adapt it to the specific audiences being addressed, to incorporate new information as it became public (such as the subsequent measurement of the Higgs particle properties), and to incorporate audience feedback. Audience characterisation and estimated size is also given where possible. The list of talks is as follows:

University of London Physics Taster Day
Royal Holloway, University of London; July 2, 2013.
(50 A-level students, prospective undergraduates)

CAPS2013 - Conference of Physics and Astronomy Students
Royal Holloway, University of London; June 30, 2013.
(50 undergraduate students in Physics and Astronomy, enrolled in UK universities)

Particle Physics Masterclasses for A-level students and their teachers
Royal Holloway, University of London; April 24 and 25, 2013.
(160 lower sixth form A-level students; 18-20 A-level teachers)

Science meets The Arts
Royal Holloway, University of London; January 17, 2013.
(60 undergraduate students studying towards a Drama degree at Royal Holloway, University of London)

The Samuel Tolansky Lecture (part of the RHUL Science for Schools Lecture Series)
Royal Holloway, University of London; December 3, 2012.
(300, including A-level students and their teachers from 18 schools, and members of the general public)

Talk at Institute of Physics - Berkshire branch
AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment), Aldermaston; October 22, 2012.
(80, AWE employees - incl. technical staff, engineers, physicists - and their families, members of the public)

Dr Stephen West

On August 3rd, 2010, West was interviewed for 30 mins. by the NTN24 TV channel (which airs in all Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States through different cable systems), for the live emission of their programme "Science, Health and Technology" (CST). (The interview was about the research paper "Light WIMPs in the Sun: Constraints from helioseismology" co-authored by West, and is available from here or here.)

The New Scientist article "Heart of darkness could explain sun mysteries" (by Eugenie S. Reich; issue 2769, July 14, 2010) covers a research paper co-authored by West. The New Scientist article preview is available here.
(The paper, "Light WIMPs in the Sun: Constraints from helioseismology" is available from here or here.)

The New Scientist article "Black holes are the ultimate particle smashers" (by Jessica Griggs; issue 2725, September 9, 2009) covers a research paper co-authored by West. The New Scientist article preview is available here.
(The paper, "Kerr Black Holes as Particle Accelerators to Arbitrarily High Energy" is available from here or here.)

-- PedroTeixeiraDias - 25 Oct 2013

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