Plenary Speakers

We are happy to announce the following confirmed plenary speakers.

Prof. Jon Butterworth

Jon Butterworth is a physics professor at UCL works on the Atlas
experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He won the Chadwick prize of the Institute of Physics in 2013 for his pioneering experimental and phenomenological work in high-energy particle physics, especially in the understanding of hadronic jets. He also writes about physics for the general public, and his most recent book "A Map of the Invisible", was published in 2018 by Penguin.


Off the map - news from the energy frontier

The talk will explore our current state of knowledge of particle
physics, the so called “Standard Model”, completed by the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012. This gives us a map of the invisible world of subatomic physics. But what does the map reveal, and what lies beyond its limits?

Chris Hooley

Chris Hooley is a theoretical condensed matter physicist at the University of St. Andrews. In his own words: "I am a theoretical condensed matter physicist, interested in all aspects of the quantum many-body problem. My active research topics at the moment are: vortex-mediated melting in layered systems with competing orders; the effect of the trapping potential on the many-body physics of ultracold atomic gases; the interpretation of partition function zeros at complex temperature (with my student Felicitas Beichert); Majorana-paired mean-field states in magnetic systems (with my student Edmund Bennett); and spin-orbit interaction in the jellium model (with my student Sam Ridgway). I also have research interests in non-equilibrium physics, particularly the out-of-equilibrium Kondo model, and in magnetostrictive effects, including the Invar phenomenon."

Kevin Bowman

Kevin has been a professional mathematician for over 30 years working in the area of non associative algebras, particularly Lie and Genetic Algebras and is at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. Throughout his career Kevin has always been involved in making maths and science understandable and enjoyable to a wide audience through TV, shows and presentations. His recent shows and exhibits about space explo-ration have been seen by over 100,000 people at various venues including Harris Museum, The World Museum, Lancashire Science Festival and the Museum of the Moon.

Joanna Haigh

Joanna Haigh is an atmospheric physicist and for 5 years co-Director of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. Previous to that she was Head of Imperial’s Physics Department.  She has published widely in the area of climate modelling and radiative forcing of climate change; her work on how changes in solar activity influence the climate has been particularly influential. 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics (IoP) and the City & Guilds Institute and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford and of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) of which she is also a past-President. She has been a Lead Author for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and shares a Nobel Peace Prize with several hundred others for that work. She has been awarded the IoP Chree Medal and Prize, and the RMetS Adrian Gill Prize, for her work on the interface between atmospheric science and solar physics, and was appointed CBE for her services to physics in 2013.

More to be announced!