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University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

5:30 pm The 2016 Bolton Lecture in Astro... @ Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds
The 2016 Bolton Lecture in Astro... @ Conference Auditorium 1, University of Leeds
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bolton Lecture: School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds Black Holes & Spin Offs Professor Katherine Blundell (University of Oxford) The popular notion of a black hole “sucking in everything” from its surroundings only happens very close to a black hole. Far away, the pull of the black hole is identical to that of anything else of the same mass. However, black holes do give rise to many remarkable phenomena such as extragalactic quasars and, in our own Galaxy, micro quasars. This is because gravity is not the only law of physics that must be obeyed. Matter can be spun off from near black holes in the form of winds and jets that spread through their surroundings and thus cause black holes to have tremendous cosmic influence many light years beyond their event horizons. I will describe various approaches that I employ to investigate these phenomena, and their spin-offs. Prof Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and a Research Fellow at St John’s College. Prior to this she was one of the Royal Society’s University Research Fellows, having been a Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and before that a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. Her awards include a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astrophysics, the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Medal in 2010, the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal in 2012 and the Royal Astronomical Society’s Darwin Lectureship in 2015. Her research interests span a broad range of topics. She has published extensively on the evolution of active galaxies and their life cycles, on the accretion of material near black holes and the launch and propagation of relativistic jets. This is the 17th in a series of annual free public lectures. We aim to bring current developments in Astronomy[...]
12:00 am Environmental Challenges: Human ... @ Online
Environmental Challenges: Human ... @ Online
Nov 7 @ 12:00 am
Join this online course hosted by the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds to discover how complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions and how this can lead to an unpredictable dynamism. This course explores three basic principles when considering how natural systems are organised: Causality Internal dynamics vs external drivers The mathematics of human ecology Humans like to compartmentalise – dividing things into categories and boxes. They also like to look for ‘cause and effect’, reducing action and reaction to defined components. However, complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. Although living systems are complex, there are also some clear patterns and simple relationships that appear to be fairly constant. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised, and consider how our intuition can help us decipher the dynamic. For more information and to register, please click here. You can find all the online courses offered by the University here.
7:00 pm A story of Mathematics told thro... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
A story of Mathematics told thro... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm
Jane Turnbull A story of Mathematics told through postage stamps Tuesday 8th November 2016, 7pm for a 7:30pm start A chance to follow the history of mathematics from prehistoric times to the modern day illustrated with postage stamps from around the world. At this session stamps, envelopes and postmarks will help depict the unfurling story. Public visitor parking is available on campus after 5pm on a ‘pay on exit’ basis – details can be found at http://carparking.leeds.ac.uk/visitors/ This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk).  Non-members are welcome.  Please bring the sessions to the attention of your colleagues and friends.  Our meetings are very friendly and include refreshments.  Anyone who would like to be added to the YBMA email list should send their name and email address to a.slomson@leeds.ac.uk.  



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Leeds Festival of Science

of Science

Thanks to all those who attended the Leeds Festival of Science 2016!

The 11th annual Leeds Festival of Science held in March 2016 offered an exciting programme of events to help enthuse and inspire everyone, with activities for key stages 2-5, and public events open to all.

We welcomed over 130 school groups to campus to take part in activities including the first ever ‘Amazing STEM Race’ and taster days for Y12 students interested in studying Physics and Biology. We also enjoyed visiting schools to deliver roadshows on a range of STEM topics including ”Is the use of animals in research really necessary?’ and ‘Blast off rocket science!’. Our public programme included stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and the launch of ‘The Engineering Colouring Book’ (see more here) alongside events held on campus and hosted by our partners across the city.

Take a look at the 2016 programmes and our photo gallery below to see what was on offer.

We hope you can join us in 2017!