Special Event: Astrophysics & Space Research Group invite you to celebrate exciting Gravitational Waves discovery

Dear friends of the University of Birmingham Observatory,

Many of you will have seen the exciting news about the hunt for gravitational waves. For those of you who have not—can you stay spoiler free until Wednesday? The University of Birmingham, alongside colleagues around the world, have played an important role in the work of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and we would like to share the latest news with you all!

On Wednesday 17 February we are holding a special event. We will have talks followed by a question and answer session with our local experts. There will, of course, be the chance to chat with our researchers and enjoy some of our science demonstrations afterwards. Talks will start at 7 pm, so please arrive a little before then.

As for all the events organised by the Astrophysics & Space Research Group, this is event is free, but we ask you to register


We expert that this will be extremely popular, so please do sign up promptly to avoid disappointment!

This is an exciting time, and a special occasion as we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of general relativity (and Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves). We have been marking this in our regular Astronomy in the City events, the final one for this season will be 9 March when Dr Graham Smith will be talking about Einstein’s greatest blunder. More details can be found on the Astronomy in the City website


We hope that you will enjoy discovering the fantastic work done here in Birmingham (and across the world).

Best regards,

Christopher Berry

For further information regarding the…

Dr Christopher Berry: Dr Christopher Berry’s blog

Meet the Expert – FREE entry to Thinktank for participation in research

Here at Thinktank we are committed to contributing to and supporting research lead by our local Universities. We do this in a number of ways, by welcoming researchers on to our galleries to run Meet the Expert events, creating opportunities for writing about science and, most importantly, carrying out research in the museum.

The School of Pharmacy within the Institute of Clinical Research team at the University of Birmingham have been regular visitors to Thinktank for our ‘Meet the Expert’ events and this half term will be using the museum as a base to carry out their research with young children, an age group we usually have a lot of!

On 17-19th February, the team are looking to recruit 5-12 year old children for a study looking at the mouthfeel of tiny particles so they can identify what an ‘acceptable’ mouthfeel would be from a child’s perspective. Sessions will last around 30 minutes.

FREE entry to the museum will be provided for each child participating in the research and an accompanying parent. Two or more children from the same family will enable free entry for two parents.

For more information or to book your slot, please contact Punam Mistry at p.mistry@bham.ac.uk – In the email, please indicate your child’s date of birth and your preferred day to come. We will get back to you to arrange your visit.

via: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blog/posts/take-part-in-research-this-february-at-thinktank