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Creative Quarter at Imperial College

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Creative Quarter is a day of free events in South Kensington offering thousands of students between the ages of 13 and 19 the chance to explore work in the creative and STEM industries and careers. At Imperial you can find inspiration through interactive exhibits, demonstration lectures and a series of smaller career insight sessions where you get to meet some of the scientists working at Imperial and hear what it is like to be a science professional. Please see here for more information about Creative Quarter. This year Imperial is pleased to offer various different programmes (outlined below). You can also find the descriptions for the various talks below.

Register for tickets by 27 October after which bookings will end

**Please note that this event is aimed at young people aged 13 to 19 and all events for your chosen programme are mandatory. In order to reach more schools, there is currently a limit of 30 tickets per school (including BOTH pupils & accompanying teachers; 1 ticket admits only 1 person) but please email us if you have any questions regarding this. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please remember to book onto the correct programme when you register for tickets and schools are kindly asked to have one staff member register the whole group**


Programme 1

10:15- 10:25: Arrival & Welcome
10:30-11:30: Lecture 1: Turning Light into Matter
11:45-12:30: Interactive exhibition
12:30-13:00: Break
13:00-13:45: STEM Career talk (type TBC)
14:00-15:00: Lecture 2: The Bionic Man
15:00: Depart


Programme 2

10:15- 10:25: Arrival & Welcome
10:30-11:30: Lecture 1: Turning Light into Matter
11:45-12:30: STEM Career talk (type TBC)
12:45-13:30: Interactive exhibition
13:30-13:50: Break
14:00-15:00: Lecture 2: The Bionic Man
15:00: Depart


Programme 3A & 3B (not including Lecture 2)

10:15- 10:25: Arrival & Welcome
10:30-11:30: Lecture 1: Turning Light into Matter
11:45-12:30: choice of either:

Programme 3A: Infectious Disease Modeller Career Insight Talk

Programme 3B: Biomedical ResearcherCareer Insight Talk

12:30-13:45: Break
13:45-14:30: Interactive exhibition
14:30: Depart


Lecture 1 only

10:15- 10:25: Arrival & Welcome

10:30-11:30: Lecture 1: Turning Light into Matter

11:30: Depart


Lecture 2 only

13:45- 13:55: Arrival

14:00-15:00: Lecture 2: The Bionic Man

15:00: Depart


Lecture Descriptions

Lecture 1: Turning Light into Matter by Professor Steven Rose

In this talk Professor Steven Rose will explain his recent cutting-edge research into creating matter directly from light. This will be a pure demonstration of Einstein’s famous equation that relates energy and mass E=mc2. It has never been done before using the simplest possible process whereby two ‘particles’ of light (photons) come together and create matter (and antimatter) directly. The process was first predicted in 1934 by two famous physicists, Gregory Breit and John Wheeler using the, then, new theory of the interaction between light and matter known as quantum electrodynamics (QED). Whilst every other fundamental prediction of QED has been demonstrated experimentally, the ‘two-photon Breit-Wheeler process’ has never been seen. Steven’s work proposes a way to see it in the laboratory using equipment that already exists i.e. high-power lasers. There are only a few laboratories in the world that have this equipment and Steven’s team are now trying to get the experiment done. Steven will explain how ‘photons of light’ is not really light as most people know it, as the light is not in the visible region of the spectrum.

Professor Steven Rose has worked at Imperial College London as a Professor of Plasma Physics since 2006. As well as working on theoretical physics associated with plasmas he has worked extensively with schools with the aim of enabling school students to undertake authentic research projects. He was a founder of the Institute for Research in Schools, a UK charity where he is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees.


Lecture 2: The Bionic Man by Professor Dario Farina

Robotics can reproduce missing human limbs giving complete dexterity and could soon even surpass our own biology. In this talk, Professor Dario Farina will showcase the latest bionic limbs and asks what happens when people start demanding robotic arms over their own healthy ones. Robotic technology can already reproduce missing human limbs for near complete dexterity and could in the not too distant future even surpass our own biological potential. However if we want to build a man-machine interface that truly creates a sense of natural control of movement we require not just further advances in robotics but also to probe deeper into our own nervous system. Professor Farina will be showing off the latest advances in robotic limbs during his talk, before discussing the obstacles to further progress, and imagining a future of not just amazing bionic limb performance, but also ethical dilemmas such as those raised by the possible demand for bionic limb over own healthy ones.

Professor Farina has been Full Professor at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, where he founded and directed the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016) until he moved to Imperial College London as Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement.


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