Posts Tagged ‘physics’

Nerd Nite Brighton #11: 17/4/14


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The air quality is TERRIBLE today!

Fortunately the nerd quality is just getting better and better. We sure hope you’ll be joining us for our next nerd nite. Talks this month:

1. The wonderful world of whisky – Prof David Goldsmith

David Goldsmith is a kidney doctor based in London and has over 25 years experience in looking after patients with kidney disease. His extensive career includes over 380 publications and his research interests include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and inflammation and calcification syndromes in kidney patients.

Being the true polymath that he is, David will not be talking about his expertise with kidneys this evening. He will not be telling us about digital photography, the bridges of London nor Victorian architecture. Instead he will be giving us an insight into his other keen interest: whisky.

2. Everything is changing? Hunting for the changing constant – Dr Matthias Keller

Mathias is senior lecturer in physics and astronomy at the University of Sussex. Matthias gained his PhD in 2004 at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich, investigating quantum optics with trapped calcium ions. After gaining his PhD, he moved to the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics to continue his research into the physics of molecular ions and quantum electrodynamics in ion traps. He joined the University of Sussex in 2007, initially as an Advanced Research Fellow before taking up a full lectureship.  Some fundamental constants which govern our universe may not be constant but change in time and/or space. Matthias and his team conduct experiments to look into changes of one important constant – the proton:electron mass ratio.

3. Waste is just a resource in the wrong place – Cat Fletcher

Cat Fletcher is a waste activist and all round resource goddess. She is a founding member and Head of Media for Freegle (UK’s biggest online reuse network with 1.6+ million members), has voluntarily run the Brighton group for 7 years which has redistributed over 1,000 tonnes of goods locally. Cat is currently working on the Brighton Waste House with the University of Brighton and as the Reuse Manager for Brighton and Hove city council amongst other things…..she’s got a head full of facts, figures and solutions to inspire waste prevention! Read more about her here.


Free cake, music, quizzing, etc as per usual.

Tickets £4 for regular nerds and £3 for NUS/65+ nerds – Tickets are on sale from here and we strongly advise buying in advance!

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Nerd Nite Brighton #9 – Brighton Science Festival Special! 20/2/14

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Exciting times are upon us!

The UK is in the midst of apocalyptic weather as a result of the jetstream going bonkers. However here on our battered coast the Brighton Science Festival has just kicked off and we’re going bonkers over that.

Us folks at Nerd Nite Brighton are very pleased to be able to present a traditional biology/chemistry/physics theme for our next event as part of the marvellous science festival.

We are delighted to welcome:

1. Dr Stephan Huber – The cosmic asymmetry of matter and antimatter

Stephan joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex as a lecturer in theoretical particle physics in 2006.   Before that he was a research fellow in the theory division of CERN, Geneva. His research focuses on particle physics and attempts to understand the physics which sets the Higgs boson mass. He works on models with supersymmetry and extra space dimensions. Tonight he’ll be talking on his other research interest – cosmology. Stephan will tell us about his search for the origin of the cosmic matter/antimatter asymmetry, especially in relation to cosmic phase transitions.

2. Dr John Turner – The world through a grain of sand: art and architecture at the atomic level

John Turner needs no introduction to Nerd Nite Brighton. He killed it at our second ever Nerd Nite in May last year with his talk on chemically rational economics and he returns again for the Science Festival special. John is a reader in inorganic physical chemistry at the University of Sussex having held previous positions in Delaware, Tennessee and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He has a wide range of research interests including technical solutions to climate change and peak oil but also theoretical work in group theory, angular momentum transfer theory and broader issues in the electronic and physical structure of matter.

3. Prof Louise Serpell – Bioinspired materials: spinning protein fibres

Louise has worked on protein assembly for over 20 years. The area is fascinating because it allows us to understand multiple areas of biology from how conditions like Alzheimer’s disease might occur to how spiders are able to make silk. She started her research in Oxford and then moved to Toronto for a couple of years before taking a position in Cambridge. She arrived here in Brighton just over 10 years ago and is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Sussex in the School of Life Sciences. Her current research attempts to span neuroscience and materials.


Free cake, music, quizzing, etc as per usual.

Tickets £4 for regular nerds and £3 for NUS/65+ nerds

Buy online from here

Upstairs at Caroline of Brunswick

See you there!