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Physics outreach


The Department of Physics at King's College London is active in outreach both nationally and internationally.

Within the UK, we aim to foster interest in science and physics in the general public, and in particular to foster such interest in school-age students. Some of the resources on this page are intended to help teachers and prospective students learn more about what kind of research is done in the physics department at King's, what the most exciting areas of current research in physics are, and where a career in physics can take you.

The department is actively developing an international outreach programme building on some of the existing international projects that department members are working on. Several of these projects provide physics training and education to countries which, for a multitude of reasons, are lacking resources and manpower to conduct high level science research, leading to isolation from the international scientific community.



The African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications

The African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications is an intensive, postgraduate summer school which takes place in a different African country every two years. Between 60 and 70 of the brightest postgraduate physics students from all over Africa are selected and sponsored to attend the school which provides courses on everything ranging from theoretical particle physics and cosmology to experimental particle detection techniques to data analysis and computing to applications such as medical physics.

King's physicists Professor Bobby Acharya and Professor John Ellis have been amongst the five members of the International Organising Committee of the schools since their inception and have played a key role in founding and establishing the schools. Both regularly give lectures and courses and tutorials at the schools.


Optics Summer School

Twenty-three Year 12 students keen to explore physics beyond the classroom joined the first King’s Optics Summer School, which gave them insight into studying physics at university as well as a deeper understanding of optics in the lab and in life.





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