Physics Colloquium: Dr Helen Czerski (UCL)

Start: May 14, 2014 04:00 PM
End: May 14, 2014 05:00 PM

Czerski Colloquium - 14.5.2014

'The Scaling of Reality: A Problem for both Bubble Physics and Science Media'

Date: Weds 14th May

Time: 4pm

Location: The lecture will take place in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, 25 Gordon Street, UCL


"I study the physics of the bubbles underneath breaking waves, and their influence on our planet. Working out how to connect microscale bubble physics to what happens on the scale of an ocean is a continual challenge, and we don’t really have the tools yet to do it well. I also spend a lot of my time sharing my enthusiasm for science in written articles, public talks and on tv. Science media also suffers from scaling problems, and we don’t really know how to get this right either. The talk will be a mixture of physics and the issues associated with connecting science to society.    Does acknowledging the scaling problem help with finding a solution?"


Dr Czerski is a physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster with a passion for science, sport, books, creativity, hot chocolate and investigating the interesting things in life. She currently works in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCL, and is a science presenter for the BBC. Helen graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 with a first in Natural Sciences (Physics), and then was awarded a PhD in experimental explosives physics at Cambridge in 2006. During this time she also worked at the University of Toronto in Canada and Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA, before working for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and the Graduate School of Oceanography in Rhode Island. She returned to the UK in October 2010 to take up a NERC research fellowship. Her research interests are the optics and acoustics of ocean bubbles, the structure of the bubble plumes caused by breaking waves, and the influence of ocean bubbles on the atmosphere.