Frontiers of Physics Events

5 October 2018

IOP Ireland recently held its annual conference for physics teachers hosted by the School of Physics at University College Dublin.

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The event which attracted over 90 delegates, students and exhibitors combined cutting edge talks on research areas from solar energy to cancer treatment to practical teaching workshops to give participants hands-on support when back in their schools.

Professor George King from the University of Manchester was the keynote speaker, describing the journey of solar energy from its birth in the centre of the sun to the harnessing of this energy through various technologies on earth as outlined in his most recent book, Physics of Energy Sources.

Associate professor at University College Dublin (UCD), Dominic Zerulla, discussed ground breaking work in bringing optical microscopy into the nano-dimension.

Cathy Fleming from St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network looked at how technological advances are allowing individualised patient treatment, tracking their tumour as they breathe, adapting to weight changes and using biomarkers to predict their response to treatment.

Shane Bergin, associate professor at the School of Education in UCD gave a whistle-stop tour of Quavers to Quadratics – an informal, transdisciplinary programme that plays with questions of interest to both music and physics.

The final speaker of the day was Lana Salmon, a PhD student at the School of Physics at UCD who spoke about EIRSAT-1, Ireland’s first satellite.

Workshops at the event covered optics, magnetism, energy efficiency, the Isaac physics programme and physics concepts in Junior Cycle Science.

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In a very packed programme there was still time for delegates to interact with over 20 exhibitors with resources such as books, posters, electronics and much more.

The Institute is particularly grateful to the IOP Ireland teacher network co-ordinators, Paul Nugent and David Keenahan and Emma Sokell of the School of Physics at UCD for organising the event.

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