Lincoln Maths and Physics Week: 5 – 12 March 2021

Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures

As a part of British Science Week 2021, the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln is celebrating all things maths and physics with a series of 12 lectures (6 in Maths and 6 in Physics) from our experts. You will find out what exciting science we do in Lincoln from pure to applied maths, from experimental to theoretical and computational physics and astrophysics. You will have a glimpse to some of our recent discoveries and will be able to ask questions as well. The lectures are especially prepared for A-level students but are accessible for everyone interested in maths or physics. You can attend as many lectures as you want – all, some or just one – please book your place to receive a link to watch them live and to post your questions. Each lecture will consist of about 30 min talk followed…

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4th Annual Edward Delaval Lecture in Physics

Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures

A Eurasian Jay (top) with one of its striped feathers (bottom).

How the jay bird got its stripes:
what nanotechnology and photonics can learn from biology

a public lecture by

Professor Richard Jones FRS

Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Sheffield

Wednesday 12 February 2020

6 pm – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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The striking appearance of the Eurasian Jay owes much to its beautiful striped feathers.  What’s interesting about these is that the colours of the feathers are not produced by a pigment – instead they are a result of an optical interference effect arising from the sub-micron structure created in the cells that form the feather. We’ve studied this structure – and analogous structures from beetle scales – using synchrotron x-ray radiation, and we find that these structures are characteristic of a process of controlled…

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1st Annual Margaret Bryan Lecture in Physics

Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures


Wright of Derby ‘An experiment on a bird with an air pump’

Citizens, science and citizen science

a public lecture by

Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE, FRS

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Churchill College

Wednesday 4 March 2020

6 pm – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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Science touches everyone, whether they like it or not, but knowledge of it and its implications is patchy amongst politicians, journalists and the general public alike.   This can be immensely damaging, as important decisions need to be made on many fronts: the energy transition, climate change, measles vaccination or the use of CRISPR technologies.  Scientists need to work harder to explain what it is they get up to and what they know, and be more sensitive to the social context in which individuals make their own decisions.  On the other…

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Physics seminar: Dr Yarjan Abdul Samad

Maths & Physics News

Date: Wednesday 14th of June 2017, 14:00.
Location: INB3305 (Isaac Newton Building).

‘Cellular Graphene and its Applications’

by Yarjan Abdul Samad, Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge.


Dr. Yarjan Abdul Samad is a research associate and a project leader at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge. His research areas include electromechanical and electro and photo- thermal properties of carbon and two-dimensional materials, as well as flexible and stretchable composites for space, health, environment and energy applications. Dr. Abdul Samad has developed sustainable methods of fabricating e-textiles and flexible and stretchable conductors and composites based on porous 3D structures of layered materials – typically graphene – that are useful for aerospace composites, biosensing, water purification and energy storage. He is among the team of experimentalists who tested properties of graphene for the first time in Zero Gravity (Zero G) environments by using European Space Agency’s parabolic flights…

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Best physics lecturers 2016/17

Maths & Physics News

During the Edward Delaval event on 31 May 2017 our 1st and 2nd year Physics students (now 2nd and 3rd year students) presented our Physics lecturers with “Stars of the best physics lecturer of 2017” as voted by the students. The winners of the academic year 2016-17 were:

1st year:

Fabien Paillusson and Andrei Zvelindovsky

2nd year:

Andrea Floris and Matthew Booth

The stars and certificates were presented to the lecturers by student reps Tom Vale and Sorcha Hulme.

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Students visit RAF Coningsby with BAE Systems

The University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service and 9 students from the Schools of Maths & Physics, Engineering and Computer Science recently visited RAF Coningsby to spend a day with BAE Systems.

The visit provided an overview of the Military Air & Information sector of the business which operates the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) contract, supporting the RAF Typhoon fleet. Students were able to experience  BAE Systems training systems which are delivered to RAF staff using advanced simulators in a state of the art facility.

Students were also granted access to the Typhoon Maintenance Facility and witnessed a variety of aircraft in different states of repair.

Overall, the trip provided students a first hand opportunity to see their studies and skills learnt at the University of Lincoln could be translated into real industry problems within BAE Systems and the RAF.

Student feedback was that they enjoyed experiencing some of the world’s most advanced technology within the defence sector and they found it was both awe inspiring and provided some excellent ideas for their future projects.

University of Lincoln students, including Sorcha Hulme from Physics, were shown around at the site

Find out about the work BAE Systems provides at RAF Coningsby, learn about the Typhoon jet and further BAE Systems opportunities worldwide.

by Hannah McGowan


Thomas Blagden from Willaim Farr School

Centre for Computational Physics

During 12-16 October 20-15 Thomas Blagden from William Farr C of E Comprehensive School spent school work experience placement in our Computational Physics research group working alongside Dr Marco Pinna on modelling of soft spherical nano-containers. Thomas used modern simulation programmes developed by our academics and analysed his results using Advanced Visual Systems (AVS) software. On his last day in our group Mrs A Wiley, Head of Physics at William Farr School, has visited us to see the results of his work.

Farr 1 Mrs A Wiley and Thomas Blagden at the University of Lincoln

Farr 2 Mrs A Wiley and Thomas Blagden discussing Thomas’ results at the University of Lincoln

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