UCL Astrophysics Group
Professor David Walker has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP)
Optics and Photonics Prize for 2014. More...
Students and staff at UCL’s teaching observatory, the University of London Observatory, have spotted one of the closest supernova to Earth in recent decades. At 19:20 GMT on 21 January, a team of students – Ben Cooke, Tom Wright, Matthew Wilde and Guy Pollack – assisted by Dr Steve Fossey, spotted the exploding star in nearby galaxy Messier 82 (the Cigar Galaxy). More...
Five members of the Department have been commended by the Royal Astronomical Society in their 2014 awards: More...
The Mind of the Universe
This is an outreach programme developed under a Science in Society Fellowship granted to Dr Francisco Diego by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
It consists of a series of public/school lectures and teacher workshops/resource packs embracing topics like the origin and development of the Universe, the mystery behind the nature of the dark Universe, the formation of stars and planets, space exploration and the possibility of alien life.
Francisco Diego delivers his Mind of the Universe lecture about Galileo, Darwin and life in the Universe to a packed audience on board the Queen Mary 2.
The Mind of the Universe programme has important links to educational organizations like the British Science Association, Institute of Physics, the Royal Institution, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association for Science Education.
Over the last couple of years the project has received a positive response from the public, with audiences of over 15,000 and comments like the one below:
"Your talk was a great success across the age range, from Year 9 pupils all the way up to staff. The level of sophistication engaged a wide audience, from young pupils to whom it was all pretty new, through to Year 13 pupils who study the Expanding Universe as part of their A2 course. It provided the start of lively discussion with my top Year 9 set and questions about University Astrophysics courses from a couple of Year 12s - definitely a positive result. Can I finally say how impressed we were with your ability to communicate your passion for the topic, while at the same time making such a complex subject accessible - a rare skill indeed!"
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