Ogden Physicist of the Year 2021

On 20th September 2021 the University of Lincoln hosted the School Physicist of the Year event, which was sponsored by the Ogden Trust. The event was organized by Dave Spafford, a Senior Lecturer from the Science Foundation Year at the University of Lincoln. A lively programme with drinks, chats, certificates and photos included a public talk “Science: the art of making a stance about undecidable questions” by Dr Matthew Booth, a Senior Lecturer from the School of Mathematics and Physics. The event took place in our fantastic Isaac Newton lecture theatre, where 31 students of Year 10 and 12 from 16 Lincolnshire schools celebrated their achievements in Physics together with their families, teachers, university academics and the Ogden Trust representative.

First Physics alumni event

On 5th of December 2018 we had our first ever Physics Alumni Event in The Cardinal’s Hat. The event consisted of a short lecture by Dr Phil Sutton entitled “Exotic New Worlds”, which looked at some recently discovered exoplanets, and was followed by an extensive discussion and networking with our physics graduates as well current MPhys students.

Science bites – After hours night at the manor

On Wednesday 26th September Andrei Zvelindovsky gave a short talk titled “Newton’s mathematics revolution and modern physics” at the Gravity Fields Festival, the home place of Isaac Newton (Woolsthorpe Manor).

Andrei showed how calculus is used to explain beautiful and enigmatic patterns in one of newest fields of physics – nano-physics. Newton is mostly remembered for his gravity law, his 3 laws of mechanics and proving that the while light consists of all colours of rainbow. However, he also invented the whole new branch of maths – Calculus. It happened, that all our modern physics can be described by this maths.

Andrei speaks in Woolsthorpe Manor Marquee

There was also a short talk by Dr. Phil Sutton titled “Gravity in Saturn’s Rings.

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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Exploring the Molecular Machines within: a Fantastic Voyage

Maths & Physics News

Physics Christmas Lecture 2015

Dr Danilo Roccatano

Lincoln School of Mathematics and Physics

Wednesday 16th December 2015

at 3.30 pm

EMMTEC Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Roccatano 2015

Nature is a great source of inspiration and emulation for scientist and engineering, and the continuous advance in the knowledge of the complex machinery of life is producing profound impacts in the modern societies. Life, in the form that we know, definitively exploited what we now call “nanotechnology” to emerge. Living cells are crowded of fascinating molecular machines with a large variety of functions not yet completely explored. Nature as a blind and patient engineer builds these machines without a blueprint but using the evolution…

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Visit by Nobel Laureate


On 11 and 12 of July Professor Sir Harold Kroto FRS, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1996), has visited UCLan and officially launched UCLan’s new Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering. He unveiled the official plaque for the Institute after delivering  a fascinating public lecture.

Professor Kroro attended several presentations by young researchers of the Institute and gave a couple of short presentations on promoting new ways of student presentations using the most modern development such lectures on  the Internet. At the end of his visit he attended UCLan graduation ceremony and received UCLan Honorary Fellowship.

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Distinguished Visitor Public Lecturer: “The Art of Science; the Science of Art”


by Dr. Johan R. C. van der Maarel

Associate Professor in Biophysics
Department of Physics
Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore

on Monday, 13th May 2013 in Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCLan, at 19:00vermeer_necklace

It often seems the worlds of science and art are unrelated: Logical truth versus emotional imagination. Still, science and art have much in common. Science has caused paradigm shifts in artistic expression and art is used for engineering design and communication of scientific knowledge.

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Distinguished Visitor Seminar – Johan van der Maarel

Centre for Computational Physics

“Biophysics and Complex Fluids”

by Dr. Johan R. C. van der Maarel

Associate Professor in Biophysics
Department of Physics
Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore

on Tuesday, 14th May 2013 in LE002, UCLan, at 15:00

My Inspiration. As a little boy, I always disassembled my toys in order to find out how they work. This obsession has involved into my passion to understand biological systems. How can living matter be organized and structured to such a high extent and, yet, be so dynamic with a cycle time of an hour or less? The answer to this apparent paradox would not only be of great value for our perception of life, but would also have practical implications for nano- and biotechnology. The laws of physics have proven to be valuable for the description of our material world. Do they also tell us how the interactions of macromolecules gives rise to life?…

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