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The Royal Astronomical Society maintains the following list of scientists who are willing to give talks in schools free of charge (except for expenses). Teachers wishing to make use of this service should contact potential speakers directly. Audio-visual requirements and possible travel expenses should be discussed with individual speakers.

In addition to the talks listed, many speakers may also be prepared to talk about more general topics to younger children, or to offer advice on degree courses in astronomy and related careers. Teachers are encouraged to discuss these possibilities with speakers in advance.

Some regions of the UK contain universities which maintain their own web-based speakers lists, and internet users may access these by clicking on the appropriate hyper-linked place names below.

Please note that while no fees will be charged some speakers will require reimbursement of their travel costs.

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London

SE England

SW England

Midlands

NW England

Yorkshire and NE England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

 

 


 

London

 

Dr Alan Aylward

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, UCL, Gower St., London WC1E 6BT

Tel:020-7679-2446  Fax:020-7679-7153  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 2 hours travel from UCL

Will speak on:-

Aurorae - 11+

Glows in the atmosphere - 11+

Exoplanets - detection by radio - 11+

Modelling exoplanet atmospheres - 11+ 

 

Mr Peter Bull (MBE)

Based in Bromley, Kent

Tel: 0208 4609638 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travel restrictions: None (but requests travel expenses)

Will speak on:-

A Window through the Universe – from 8-9 to adult

 

Dr Francisco Diego

Dept., Physics and Astronomy,University of London Observatory, 553 Warford Way, Mill Hill, London NW7 2QS

Tel (mob): 07974-917878 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Landscapes in the sky, the planets - any age

Life in the Universe - any age

Rainbows of stars - 10+

The ultimate time line - the story of the Universe - 12+

The ghost universe - 12+

Cosmic fire on Earth (the origin of atomic matter and energy) - 12+

The lives of stars - any age

The magic of total solar eclipses - any age

Our star, the Sun - any age

 

Mr Ray Goodwin

15, Foxcombe Road, Roehampton, London SW15 4LH

Tel:0181-789-2877  Fax:020-7371-1704

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

The birth of the Sun - 11+

Molecules in space - A-level

Life in the Universe - 11+

 

Prof. Garry Hunt

Elbury House, 37, Blenheim Road, West Wimbledon, London SW20 9BA

Tel:020-8542-2374  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SE England, around Bournemouth (Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire)

Will speak on:-

Exploration of Solar system - any age

Planetary exploration - any age

Global warming and climate change - any age

Business and science - any age

 

Prof. Malcolm MacCallum

Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, University of Bristol and

Dept. Mathematics, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Tel:0117-980-6303 / 020-7882-5445  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~mm

Up to 2 hours from QMUL / Bristol

Will speak on:-

Black holes - 16+

Cosmology - 16+

Was Einstein 100% right? - 16+

Gravitational waves - 16+

 

Prof. Rajman Prinja

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, UCL, Gower St., London WC1E 6BT

Tel:020-7679-3475  Fax:020-7679-7145  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Birth, life and death of stars - GCSE/A-level Galaxies

Evolution of the Universe - GCSE/A-level

 

Prof. Jonathan Rawlings

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, UCL, Gower St., London WC1E 6BT

Tel:020-7679-3471 Fax:020-7679-7153  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home by 9.30

Will speak on:-

Star formation - any age

Molecules in space - any age

 

Prof. Jonathan Tennyson

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, UCL, Gower St., London WC1E 6BT

Tel:020-7679-7155  Fax:020-7679-7145  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 1 hour from UCL

Will speak on:-

Water in the Universe - any age

Life in the Universe - search for extraterrestrial unintelligence - 14+

 

Dr Roberto Trotta

Imperial College, London, Astrophysics, Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort R., London SW7 2AZ

Tel:020-7594-7793  Fax:0207-594-7541  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.robertotrotta.com

 London and South-East

Will speak on:-

Planets of the Solar system - 6+

The mysterious Universe (and introduction to cosmology) - 14+

Life in the Universe - the strange case of intelligent life in the cosmos

 

 


SE England 

 

Dr Eric Dunford

Prior's Corner, Priory Lane, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6NY

Tel:01865-391439  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Infra-Red astronomy - any age

Science in space - any age

 

Mr Gordon Rogers

The Crendon Observatory, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Bucks.

Fax:01844-202940  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.gordonrogers.co.uk

Up to 40 miles

Will speak on:-

The night sky - any age

CCD imaging of deep space - 16+

Basic astronomy - any age (8-11)

 

Dr Robert Smith

Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH

Tel:01273-678974  Fax:01273-873124  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distance: within an hour of Lewes

Will speak on:-

How far are the stars? - 11+ 

Supernovae - 16+ 

The distant future of the Sun and Earth - 16+

 

Dr Robin Catchpole

Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA

Tel:01223-766661  Fax:01223-337548  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distance: 2 hours travel from Cambridge

Will speak on:-

The Universe unveiled (an overview of what we know about the Universe) - any age

From the Solar system to the edge of the observable Universe - any age

Stellar evolution - any age

Are we alone - any age

 

Dr Kevin Marshall

Abbey College, Cambridge

Tel:01223-578280  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distance: up to 45 miles travel from Cambridge

Will speak on:-

Island Universes - 16-19

The rise of astrophysics - 16-19

Star lives - 16-19

Stellar atmospheres - 16-19

Earth Moon Sun and stars - 6+

 

Prof. Alan Rodger

British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET

Tel:01223-221551  Fax:01223-350456  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 100 miles travel from Cambridge

Will speak on:-

Space weather - any age

Aurorae - any age

Sun-climate links and climate change - any age
 

Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont

Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT

Tel:01483-204133  Fax:01483-278312  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 40 miles from MSSL

Will speak on:-

Catching gamma-ray bursts with Swift - 11+

The XMM mission - 11+

X-ray views of the Solar system - 11+

 

Prof. Andrew Coates

Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT

Tel:01483-204145  Fax:01483-278312  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 50 miles from MSSL

Will speak on:-

Exploring the Solar system - any age

Weather in space - any age

The Cassini mission - any age

Exploring Mars - any age

 

Dr Helen Walker

Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX

Tel:01235-446490  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 100 miles

Will speak on:-

Exploring the Solar system - 7+

Making stars and planets - 7+

Infrared astronomy - 7+

 

Prof. Alan Davies

School of Physics , Astronomy and Mathematics, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB

Tel:01707-284385  Fax:01707-284256  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Rainbows - any age

Halos and glories - any age

Colours from the sky - any age
 

Prof. Nigel Mason

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Tel:01908-655132  Fax:01908-654192  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travel in London and Home Counties

Will speak on:-

Chemistry in the Cosmos - any age

Astrobiology; Understanding the origins of life - any age

 

Sheridan Williams

Director BAA Computing Section; Astronomy tour guide and author

Tel: 01525 237370

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 100 miles from Milton Keynes, travel expenses

Elsewhere in UK, travel expenses and overnight accommodation

Will speak on the following topics to all age groups:-

Eclipses, occultations and transits

Fascinating astronomical facts

Amazing images of deep space

Choosing and using small telescopes and binoculars

Travel stories on eclipses in exotic locations

Planning your trip to see the aurora

 

Mr Jakub Bochinski

Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Tel: 01908 653762 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel limit if travel expenses reimbursed

Will speak on:-

The tale of exoplanets and how we find them (including demonstration of the PIRATE telescope) – 11+

PIRATE: a remotely controlled telescope on Mallorca (including demonstration of the telescope) - 11+

Exoplanets and Exomoons – amateur astronomers

Old and New Astronomers (an insight into how astronomers worked centuries ago and how they work today) – any age

 

 

Dr Andrew Norton
Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Tel: 01908 654121  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Within 50 miles of Milton Keynes/Northampton/Bedford,  travel expenses please
Will speak on:-
•    Planets and the Solar System: An interactive talk suitable for children aged 5 - 10 using a set of inflatable planets, and linked to my exoplanet story book (Oogle-Flip and the Planet Adventure). Needs a room the size of a school hall, and suitable for groups of up to 100.
•    The Life and Death of Stars - we are made of star-stuff!: A demonstration lecture suitable for children aged 10-15, or for family audiences, which explores the life cycle of stars and the origin of the chemical elements.
•    Exoplanets and How to Find Them: A demonstration lecture suitable for ages 16+ or for astronomical societies, or family audiences. Various models are used to illustrate the techniques by which planets around other stars are detected and a brief summary of the recent discoveries in this area, including those from the SuperWASP project.
•    Gamma-ray Bursts: an astronomical detective story: A highly illustrated talk suitable for ages 16+ or for astronomical societies, which describes how the mystery of the origin of gamma-ray bursts was solved.
•    The New Cosmology or How the Universe Works: A highly illustrated talk suitable for ages 16+ or for astronomical societies, which describes the remarkable new theories concerning the origin and evolution of the Universe.
•    Magnetic Compact Stars: A more technical talk suitable for advanced astronomical societies looking for something linked closely to ongoing research, concerning white dwarfs and neutron stars.

 

Prof. James Binney

Dept. Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford, Keeble Rd., Oxford OX1 3NP

Tel:01865-273947  Fax:01865-273947  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 20 miles of Oxford and Didcot

Will speak on:-

Galaxies - any age

The Milky Way - any age

Cosmology - any age

 

Dr Garret Cotter

Astrophysics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keeble Road, Oxford OX13RH

Tel:01865-273345  Fax:01865-273309  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Galaxies - A-level

Cosmology - A-level

 

Prof. Peter Read

Dept. Atmospheric Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Rd., Oxford OX1 3PU

Tel:01865-272082  Fax:01865-272923  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Planets - any age

Planetary atmospheres - any age

 

Dr Malcolm Coe

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Tel:023-8059-2108  Fax:023-8059-3910 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southampton area

Will speak on:-

Life in the Universe - 11+

Search for black holes - 11+

Impacts from space - 11+

 

Professor Ian McHardy

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Tel:023-8059-2101  Fax:023-8059-3910  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hampshire

Will speak on:-

The violently variable high-energy Universe - 15+

Black holes - 15+

 

Dr Tom Maccarone

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ

Tel: 023-8059-7548 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 30 minutes of Southampton by public transport

Will speak on:-

Star clusters - any age

 


SW England

 

James Fradgley

The White House, Merley Park Rd, Ashington, Wimborne, BH21 3DB

Tel: 01202-885661 M: 07990-558358

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Willing to travel: ~100 miles from Bournemouth

Will speak on:

Many subjects, see www.fradg.com/astro.html.

Ages: 14+

 

Prof. Malcolm MacCallum

Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, University of Bristol and

Dept. Mathematics, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Tel:0117-980-6303 / 020-7882-5445  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~mm

Up to 2 hours from QMUL / Bristol

Will speak on:-

Black holes - 16+

Cosmology - 16+

Was Einstein 100% right? - 16+

Gravitational waves - 16+

 

Prof. Tim Naylor

School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QL

Tel:01392-724172 Fax:01392 724111 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 50 miles from Exeter

Will speak on:-

Star and Planet Formations - 16+

 

Mr Brian Sheen

92, Par Green, Par, Cornwall PL24 2AG

Tel:01726-813602  Fax:01726-813602  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

The Sun - 9+

The Solar system - 9+

Practical astronomy - 9+

The astronomy of climate change - 9+

 

Mr Bob Mizon

38, The Vineries,Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 2PX

Tel:01202-887084

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

The Solar System - any age

Universe Tour - any age

Extraterrestrial Life - any age

 

 

 


Midlands

 

Dr Jonathan Pearson

School of Physics and Astronomy,

University of Nottingham,

Nottingham,

NG7 2RD

www.jpoffline.com

Willing to travel ~50miles from Bedfordshire

Will speak on:-
Stars and galaxies - 6+
Cosmology - 12+
Cosmic Acceleration & Dark Energy - 12+
Gravity - Special & General Relativity - 14+
Black Holes - 14+
Cosmic Microwave Background - 14+
Nature of Time - 14+
Other topics (on request)

 

Prof. Yvonne Elsworth

School of Physics & Astronomy, The University, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Tel:0121-414-4597  Fax:0121-414-4601  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Distance: South Cheshire

Will speak on:-

The Sun and similar stars: 14+

 

Prof. Martin Barstow

Dept. Physics and Asronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH

Tel:0116-252-3492  Fax:0116-252-3311  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 90 miles from Leicester

Will speak on:-

Exploring the Solar system - any age

Exploring the Universe - any age

A game of cosmic leapfrog - 11+

Extraterrestrial roadshow - any age

How to be a rocket scientist - any age

 

Dr. Chris Baddiley

1, Kingshill Close, Malvern, Worcs., WR14 2BP

Tel:01684-566205

Within Worcester/ West Midlands

Will speak on:-

Exploring the Solar system - any age

Stars and galaxies - any age

Relativity and cosmology - A-level

The Universe in 4D! - any age

15 Talks in all - please contact me for details

 

Prof. Michael Merrifield

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tel:0115-051-5186  Fax:0115-951-5187  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

The Universe - 5+

How to build a galaxy - 11+

The centre of our Galaxy: Black holes, rare stars and cosmic mayhem - 11+

21st century telescopes - 11+

 

Dr Frazer Pearce

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Tel:0115-951-5160  Fax:0151-951-5180  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Exoplanets - 16+

Are we alone? - 11+

 

 

Mr Julian Onions
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tel:0115-8468819 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No travel restrictions (if reimbursed)
Will speak on:-
Astrophysics for beginners - 11+
The Big Bang - 16+
Dark Matter - is it dark, and is it matter? 16+
Galaxies - a brief history 7+
Planets - things you might not know  - 7+
Various other astronomy topics

 


NW England

 

Dr. Chris Arridge

Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YB.

Tel: 01524 593702

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: chrisarridge.wordpress.com

Twitter: @chrisarridge

Distance: Up to about 50 miles from Lancaster

Will speak on:-

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

Exploring the Solar System with Robots - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

The Plumes of Enceladus - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

The JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

Wandering Giants: Stories from Giant Planets - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

The Birth of the Solar System - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

The Lives of Stars - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

Communicating and Navigating Around the World with Satellites - KS4/KS5/Adult (14+)

 

Prof Phil James

Astrophysics Research Inst., Liverpool John Moores University IC2, Liverpool Science Park, 146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5RF

Tel:0151-2231-2916  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Galaxies - any age

Dark matter - any age

Infrared astronomy - any age

 

Dr Rob Jeffries

Dept. Physics, Keele University, Keele ST5 5BG

Tel:01782-583892  Fax:01782-711093  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 20 miles

Will speak on:-

Secret lives of stars - 11+

Planets of other stars - 11+

Supernova cosmology - A-level

Gamma ray bursters - A-level

 

Dr Tim O'Brien

NRAL Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Tel:01477-571618  Fax:01477-571321  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 50 miles from Jodrell Bank

Will speak on:-

Searching for extraterrestrial life - 13+

Exploring the Universe from Jodrell Bank - 13+

Cosmic explosions - 16+

 

Prof. Philippa Browning

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester M13 9PL

Tel:0161-306-3912  Fax:0161-200-3941  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 50 miles of Manchester, will speak on:-

Our Active Sun - 14+

 

Dr Mark Jones

The Open University in the North West, 351 Altrincham Road, Sharston, Manchester M22 4UN

Tel:0161-998-7272  Fax:0161-945-3356  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 50 miles of Manchester

Will speak on:-

Astronomy in the Infrared - 14+

The Lives of Stars - 10+

 


Yorkshire and NE England

 

Prof Brad Gibson
E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics
University of Hull
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sample Talks:
1. Building a Universe inside your Computer (12+)
2. How Studying the Stars Can Change your Life! (12+)

 

Dr. Chris Arridge

Department of Physics, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YB.

Tel: 01524 593702

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: chrisarridge.wordpress.com

Twitter: @chrisarridge

Distance: Up to about 50 miles from Hull

Will speak on:-

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

Exploring the Solar System with Robots - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

The Plumes of Enceladus - KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (11+)

The JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Ganymede - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

Wandering Giants: Stories from Giant Planets - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

The Birth of the Solar System - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

The Lives of Stars - KS2/KS3/KS4/KS5/Adult (7+)

Communicating and Navigating Around the World with Satellites - KS4/KS5/Adult (14+)

 

Dr John Baruch

Department of Cybernetics, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP

Tel:01274-234024  Fax:01274-236600  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No distance restrictions

Will speak on:-

Journey to the planets: The Solar system and beyond - any age 

Is there life out there? - any age

Challenges of astronomy - any age 

Time travel? - 16+ 

Creationism: A challenge to science - any age

The Bradford Robotic Telescope: Inspirational science education for fun - any age

 

Dr Paula Chadwick

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

Tel:0191-334-3560  Fax:0191-334-5832  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

The Solar system - Primary and 12-14

The constellations - Primary

Life and times of stars - 11+

Gamma-ray astronomy - A-level

 

Dr Christine Done

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

Tel:0191-334-3614  Fax:0191-334-5823  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

50-100 miles travel from Durham

Will speak on:-

Stars and planets - 8+

Life and death of stars - 14+

Extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life - 14+

Black holes: science fact, fiction or fantasy - 14+

The beginning and end of the Universe - 16+

 

Dr Pete Edwards

Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

Tel:0191-334-3782  Fax:0191-334-3658  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

A beginners guide to cosmology - any age

Life and death of stars - any age

Mined over matter - any age

Cosmology on a computer - any age

New views of the planets - any age

Bringing the Universe down to Earth - CERN and the LHC - any age

 

Prof. Ray Sharples

Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE

Tel:0191-334-3719  Fax:0191-334-3588  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 50 miles travel from Durham

Will speak on:-

Hubble tours the Universe - any age

New eyes on the Universe - 11+

 

Prof. Sam Falle

Dept. Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel:0113-343-5138  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 50 miles from Leeds

Will speak on:-

Supernovae - 16+

Extragalactic jets - 16+

 

Dr Joachim Rose

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel:44-01130-343-3889  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Extreme environments and high energy gamma rays - any age

Cosmic rays and cosmic ray detectors for schools - any age

Optical searches for extraterrestrial intelligence - any age

Very large detectors for neutrino astronomy - any age

 

Prof. Paul Crowther

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH

Tel:0114-222-4291  Fax:0114-272-8079  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 50 miles of Sheffield

Will speak on:-

Birth, life and death of stars - 15+

Life the Universe and everything - 15+

 

David Jenkins

University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Tel:01904-430000  Fax:01904-433433  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within York

Will speak on:-

Where do all the Elements come from?

 

James Lees
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Twitter: @jamesdoessci
Distance: Up to about an hour's train journey from York
Will speak on:-
Space: It Gets Weird

 


Wales

 

Dr B Sathyaprakash

Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wales, P.O.Box 913, Cardiff CF2 3YB

Tel:029-2087-6982  Fax:029-2087-4056  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No distance restrictions

Will speak on:-

Exploring the dark and dense Universe though gravity's eye - A-Level

All you wanted to know about black holes but were afraid to ask - A-Level

Warped space-time and exotic waves:an introduction to Einstein's theory - A-Level

Listening to the symphony of black holes and the Big Bang - A-Level

 

Martin Griffiths

University of Glamorgan, Earth, Space & Environment, 4, Forest Grove, Treforest,Rhondda, CynonTaff, CF37 1DL

Tel:0144-348-3329  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up to 100 miles travel from Treforest

Will speak on:-

Life in the Universe - any age

Impacts from space - any age

Myths of the sky - any age

Black holes - any age

Extrasolar planets - any age

The Big Bang - any age

Britain in space - any age

History of astronomy - any age

Human evolution - any age

 

Mr John Rowlands

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01248 752094

Travel: Within 50 miles of central Anglesey; travel contributions welcome.

Will speak (IN ENGLISH OR WELSH) on:-

The Weather in Space Today (geomagnetic phenomena) – 5-14

Life in boiling water and, maybe, on other planets (exobiology linked to terrestrial extremophily) – 5-14

Space Clouds and our changing climate (methane/CO2 links to NLC formation and climate change) – 5-14

Save Our Night Sky! (fighting light pollution) – 5-14

How Big's Space, Then? (basic cosmology and getting a sense of place in the universe) – 5-14

 

 


Scotland

 

Dr Alistair Glasse

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ

Tel:0131-668-8100  Fax:0131-668-8264  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Extraterrestrial Life - any age

Star Wars for Astronomy - A-level

 

Prof. Andy Lawrence

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ

Tel:0131-668-8346  Fax:0131668-8356 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Stars and Planets - any age

Our Place in the Universe - 13+

Galaxies and Quasars - 13+

 

Dr Andy Longmore

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ

Tel:0131-668-8308  Fax:0131-668-8356  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Infrared astronomy - 13+

Planets of other stars / the search for life - 13+

Adaptive optics in astronomy: realising the potential of large telescopes - 13+

 

Professor Ian Robson

Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ

Tel:0131-668-8312
Fax:0131-668-8312 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No travel restrictions

Will speak on:-

Why it's great to be an astronomer - 12+

Why astronomers need telescopes - 14+

Supermassive Black Holes and Active Galaxies - 14+

Supercool Astronomy – 14+

Confessions of an Astronomer – 14+

 

Staff of Astronomy & Astrophysics Group

Contact: Ms. Daphne Davidson, Department of Physics and Astronomy,University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

No hard travel limits

Will speak on:-

Various Topics - any age

 

Dr Helen Jane Fraser

SUPA, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde,John Anderson Building, 107, Rottenrow, Glasgow G4 0NG

Tel:0141-548-3420  Fax:0141-552-2891  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Glasgow (day trips), Across Scotland and UK occasionally

Will speak on:-

What's in the Universe's freezers? - any age

The cosmic chemical cauldron - any age

Why the "meaning of life" might not be 42 - bring towels... - any age

Crash diets - or how sharks, weightlessness and stars are tickets to travel the world! - any age

Why study Physics/Astronomy? - any age

Target audience - schools and public audiences. All talks can be tempered to ages 7+ and speaker is experienced in speaking with particularly 13-18 age group and public gatherings.

 

Prof. Andrew Cameron

Dept. Physics & Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9SS

Tel:01334-463147  Fax:01334-463104  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Travel up to 150 miles

Will speak on:-

Other Earths: the search for extrasolar planets - 16+

 


Northern Ireland

 

 

 

Miss Heather Cegla
Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT7 1NN
Tel: 028 9097 3552 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alt email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If travel is outside of Belfast then would require travel expenses to be covered
Will speak on:-
Towards Earth-like Worlds: Basics of Exoplanet Detection - 8+
Towards Earth-like Worlds: Identifying and Removing Astrophysical Noise - 14+
Time Domain Studies of Low-mass Objects: From Pre-main Sequence Binaries to Earth-like Worlds - 14+
And talks on Exoplanet detection, astrophysical noise, introductory level solar system astronomy and stellar astrophysics. Most talks can be altered for any age.

 

 

Professor Philip Dufton
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Queen's University of Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tel:028 9097 3552   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No travel restrictions
Will speak on:-
Search for Extraterrestrial Life - any age
Forty five years in astronomy - 16+

 

 

Professor Stephen J. Smartt                      
Director of Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland
Tel: 02890 971245 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PA Neil Meharg Tel: 02890 973143 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Travel anywhere in NI, no expenses needed
Will speak on:-
Supernovae - 11-18
Exploding stars - 11-18
Massive stars - 11-18

 

Dr Anders Jerkstrand
Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tel: 0779 561 4747
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
No travel restriction
Will speak on :-
Origin of the elements 13+
Supernovae 13+
Black holes and neutron stars   13+ 

 

Mr Colin Hill
Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT7 1NN
Mobile tel: 07982 606025 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If outside of Belfast, travel expenses required.
Will speak on:-
How rotation affects life and other processes on Earth and other planets - 14+
Waves, tuning and temperament - the true sound of music - 14+
The science of sci-fi - 11+