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Lecturer speaks at British Science Festival

Posted on 26/09/2014

Department of Physics theoretical physicist Dr Bobby Acharya gave a public lecture at this year’s British Science Festival which took place at Birmingham University. Dr Acharya spoke on "Fostering Fundamental Science in Developing Countries" a topic he has contributed to seriously for more than a decade.

Dr Acharya spoke during his lecture about how fundamental science has changed human society, including the Maxwell equations, discovered at King's 150 years ago - four equations which explain the way that magnetic and electric fields are essentially two sides of the same coin. Dr Acharya also spoke of his own involvement in the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications project and the full undergraduate particle physics course that he teaches at Birzeit University in Palestine. He finished by proposing some ideas for how universities might become more pro-active in projects such as these. Following the lecture, Kate Shaw, a postdoctoral researcher at the ICTP in Trieste described her experiences with the ‘Physics Without Frontiers Masterclasses’ which have taken place in Algeria, Palestine, Egypt and Vietnam and were also coordinated by Dr. Acharya.

For further information please contact Dr Bobby Acharya (bobbysamiracharya@gmail.com) or take a look at the British Science Festival webpage: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival

 

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