Upcoming Events

Lancashire Science Festival – June 2018

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Past Events

Institute of Physics (IOP) Lecture

Solar energy, past present and future
Dr Jon Major (Liverpool)

Date: 16th  May 2018,  18:00 – 19:30

Location: Foster Building Lecture Theatre 2, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Solar energy based on a silicon solar cell was first pioneered in the 1950’s. In the intervening decades the technology has evolved into numerous types of different solar cells based on a myriad of different materials. Despite this Silicon solar cells still represent around 95% of worldwide solar modules sold despite key inherent limitations. This talk will look at the key considerations for the design of photovoltaic panels, what are the current alternatives to Silicon, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies, what will the future hold for solar energy and can it ever truly compete with fossil fuels.

Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm.

Organised by: IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch
Contact details: Dr Christopher Bowdery:


The Jeremiah Horrocks Spring Lecture

Comets, Asteroids and Impacts. Should we worry and what can we do?

Dr Robin Catchopole (Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge)

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018 – 6:30 pm

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire

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IOP lancashire lectures

Wednesday 17th January 2018 (6:30pm-FBLT2)

The European Extremely Large Telescope

Prof Isobel Hook (Lancaster)

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a future ground-based optical and infrared telescope, which is being designed and built by the European Southern Observatory. With a primary mirror diameter of 39m, it will be the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world when it enters operation in the middle of the next decade. Construction work is underway at the telescope site in Chile. In this talk, I will discuss some highlights from the science case for the ELT, which ranges from studies of exo-planets to the most distant galaxies and cosmology. I will also describe the telescope design and plans for the instrumentation suite. Finally, I will discuss the current status of the project.

Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm. More info here.