The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation is collaborating with locations at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (including HMS Warrior 1860 and Action Stations) once again to put on a massive Stargazing LIVE event, on Tuesday January 7th 2014.
Earlier this year, the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation launched a new free educational outreach activity in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth Education Liaison and Outreach Team (ELOT). "UP for Space: A Visit from Space" has visited five primary schools in the Portsmouth area since June 2013 (St Swithun's Catholic Primary School, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Northern Parade Junior School, Portsmouth High Junior School and Charles Dickens Primary School), getting excellent enthusiasm and feedback from both pupils and teachers. Our latest visit to Charles Dickens Infant School on 3 December 2013 has been covered by the Portsmouth News and the University of Portsmouth News.
ICG member Claudia Maraston was invited to the first regional festival of "Female Knowledge" in northern Italy. The event, lasting two days and sponsored by the City Council, the regional council, the Illy Caffe' enterprise and the European Community, aimed at gathering successful female experts in various fields of knowledge, spanning from medicine to literature to academics, to tell their experience and answer questions from the public. Hosted in the city theatre, the event gathered hundreds of participants.
The Portsmouth Grammar School and the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth present a free public lecture:
"Gravity: From Newton to Einstein and beyond"
Dr. Kazuya Koyama, Reader in Cosmology, ICG, University of Portsmouth
The Universe is expanding at an increasing rate, but is this really due to some mysterious "Dark Energy", or were these great scientists simply wrong about gravity?
Date: Monday 2nd December 2013
Location: Portsmouth Grammar School
Free tickets: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Today was a special day for ICG Outreach. Our new University of Portsmouth, ICG Astrodome had its first school outing.
Three members of the ICG spent the first weekend of September 2013 at the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight engaging with a slightly different audience to usual! ICG Outreach Officer Jen Gupta and PhD students Cullan Howlett and Andreas Papadopoulos were joined by visiting student Lise du Buisson to run a stand in the Science Tent, where Southampton, Keele and Bournemouth Universities and the National Oceanography Centre were also exhibiting. In total the ICG team interacted with over 1200 festival-goers during the four days, getting them to think about the history and scale of the Universe.
Bob Nichol will deliver the first lecture of the new Intech Space Lecture series tomorrow evening (September 11th 2013). Bob will give a popular talk on "Supernovae, Dark Energy and Nobel Prizes". He is not the only ICG member giving such a lecture during the series as Claudia Maraston provides a lecture entitled "Shining Galaxies in a Dark Universe" on December 11th 2013. Get your tickets soon!
Fergus Houghton-Connell, a sixth form student from Portsmouth Grammar School, has been gaining work experience at the ICG for last 4 weeks. Fergus (center) has been helped by Chris D'Andrea (right), Andreas Papadopoulos (left) and (sometimes) Bob Nichol (photographer). Fergus spent his time looking at images of supernova host galaxies as well as making color images from the recently working Dark Energy Survey.
22 key stage 3 pupils from local schools joined ICG members Jen Gupta, Claire Le Cras and Rafal Szepietowski for the Think Bigger workshop last week (3 July), organised by the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth Education Liaison and Outreach Team.
St. Swithuns pupils have expressed their gratitude to the ICG scientists who ran the first "Visit from Space" (see http://www.icg.port.ac.uk/node/3107), writing letters for each activity that was carried out. Very touching!