Birmingham Astrophysics: Consolidated Grant 2013-2016

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Most of our knowledge about the Universe at large has been derived from what scientists refer to as "electromagnetic radiation" - ranging from radio waves through infrared radiation and light, to X-rays and gamma rays. This is about to change, since we are on the brink of the first detection of the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which are predicted by Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The Birmingham Astrophysics and Space Research Group is playing a key role in these developments, and is preparing to use the signals from merging black holes and neutron stars to learn more about the evolution of stars, and to test our understanding of gravity itself. We are also developing the advanced technology which will be required to make future improvements in detecting
gravitational waves, so that much weaker signals can be studied.

The capabilities of more conventional instruments to probe the distant Universe, and the capacity of large computers to simulate the development of cosmic structures, continue to improve. We are bringing these developments together to advance our understanding of the role of "active galaxies", powered by supermassive black holes, and to study the impact these have on their cosmic environment. A hot topic in astrophysics is the effort to understand the mysterious "dark energy" which powers the accelerating expansion of the Universe. We plan to use clusters of galaxies as probes of the structure and expansion history of the Universe on the largest scales, to advance our understanding of the nature of dark energy.

Within galaxies, the most massive stars have a major impact due to the very high power they radiate, and due to their powerful stellar winds. It is surprisingly difficult to estimate how much matter is streaming away from such stars in a wind, and we plan to combine computer modelling with observations at radio, optical and X-ray wavelengths to improve our understanding of just how big an impact massive stars have on their surroundings.

Planned Impact

The wider impact of our work can be grouped under three broad headings.

a) Outreach
We have a very active programme of engaging the public, and especially young people. This includes lectures and hands-on activities at the University, external lectures in schools, local societies and venues such as Cafes Scientifique. We also run masterclasses, quizzes etc specifically for school pupils from the whole Midlands area. We participate in special events, such as "BBC Stargazing Live" and the "Big Bang Fair", and have developed a suite of computer games specially for public outreach.

b) Knowledge exchange
Some of our work, in both our experimental and computational areas, has wider application within the academic and commercial sectors. Good examples are our compact interferometer EUCLID, which has been patented. This can be used for a very wide range of applications where high precision measurements are required. The optics simulation tools developed for the design of gravitational wave detectors have been released as an open source software package. Our collaboration with computer scientists to develop advanced statistical tools for astronomical use is advancing the field in both astronomy and computer science, and is attracting interest from major Indian-based software companies.

c) Training
Our programme provides high quality scientific training, and experience of major international projects, to our PDRAs and PhD students, many of whom will ultimately leave the academic environment and contribute their expertise to the wider job market. Our postgraduate programme under the auspices of the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School (MPAGS), includes workshops developing high-level scientific skills of communication, presentation and scientific writing and evaluation. Our technical staff
also develop highly transferable skills by working at the cutting edge of experimental physics.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The work covers a large range of open questions in cluster cosmology, astrophysics and compact objects and experimental probes through gravitational-wave observations of the most compact objects in the universe (black holes and neutron stars) and novel experimental techniques to maximise the performance of laser interferometers as gravitational wave observatories.
This work has contributed to the direct detection of gravitational waves, the first observation of a binary black hole and the first observation of a binary neutron star merger
Exploitation Route The results form the basis for further studies of the behaviour of gravity in extreme condition and the use of galaxy clusters as cosmological probes.
this opens a new era in astronomy
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other

URL https://losc.ligo.org/events
 
Description public engagement, increasing pupils and students interest in STEM subjects, and development of mobile apps for education
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Other
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Astrophysics at the University of Birmimgham: Consolidated Grant 2016-2019
Amount £2,292,547 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/N000633/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham
Amount £1,830,268 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S000305/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2022
 
Description ERF Fellowship - Haixing Miao
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description ERF Fellowship - John Veitch
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 01/2019
 
Description Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, STFC Equipment Call 2018
Amount £81,350 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S002154/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description Gravitational Wave Excellence Through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China
Amount £6,405 (GBP)
Funding ID n/a 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Marie Courie Fellowship - Haixing Miao
Amount € 200,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 03/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description Newton STFC Capacity Building ith LIGO-India
Amount £7,951 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2020
 
Description Scientific Cooperation Agreements between the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil and the University of Birmingham
Amount £6,300 (GBP)
Organisation São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) 
Sector Public
Country Brazil
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2015
 
Description URF - Alberto Sesana
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2020
 
Title GW sources 
Description data set of the detected gravitational wave sources 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it's the first and only catalogue of astronomical objects known in gravitational waves 
URL https://losc.ligo.org/about/
 
Title finesse 
Description Frequency domain INterfErometer Simulation SoftwarE 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2007 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it has allowed design and debug laser interferometers with a simple but powerful tool. It has allowed to simulate many different user-defined optical setups. It has been used for Advanced LIGO 
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/
 
Title lalinference 
Description data analysis technique to study the properties of gravitational-wave sources 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it has enabled the characterisation of the physical properties of GW sources 
URL https://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/daswg/projects/lalsuite.html
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation National Institute for Astrophysics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description GEO Collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Collaborator Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Impact Many papers, technology developments, and outreach events
 
Description GEO Collaboration 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Physics and Astronomy Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Collaborator Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Impact Many papers, technology developments, and outreach events
 
Description LSST 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution writing proposals, white papers, science roadmaps; collaboration management; working group management;
Collaborator Contribution writing proposals, white papers, science roadmaps; collaboration management; working group management;
Impact observatory construction, software development, observing strategy, scientific exploitation plans
Start Year 2015
 
Description Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS) 
Organisation University of Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Impact outputs: 23 papers, 1156 citations since 2008;
Start Year 2007
 
Description Ultimate XMM Extragalactic Survey (XXL) 
Organisation Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
Department Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (IRFU)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Impact 17 articles (4 published, 13 in press)
Start Year 2012
 
Title Interferometer simulation software FINESSE 
Description FINESSE is a fast and easy to use interferometer simulation to design and debug laser interferometers. We wanted to be able to simulate many different user-defined optical setups and we would like to playfully teach and learn more about laser optics. FINESSE has a long pedigree and has benefited from years of real-life employment by the optics groups of gravitational wave detectors. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact FINESSE is used by all gravitional wave detector groups world wide. It has been cited in more than 100 scientific reports and papers. The new update of FINESSE released this year includes important new features related to radiation pressure and quantum noise, which are crucial for the design of upgrades to current detecors and designing future detectors, both activities are priorities of the community at the moment. 
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/
 
Title finesse 
Description Finesse is a software package that allows to design and test par-axial laser optics setups, with a specific focus on precision length measurements. The package is well documented and open source. Development has started in 1997 and software has been used and improved within the international science collaborations ever since. It is still under active development with new features being implemented upon request from the community. Optics, active and adaptive optics, mirrors, aspherics, interferometers, photonics 
Type Of Technology Software 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Finesse is a international standard package in the field of gravitational wave science. It is also used in other fields of science. I have been in informal collaborations with companies and defense contractors in the US who have used the software. 
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/
 
Title lalinference 
Description statistical inference package 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact this is the standard for inference on gravitational-wave data particularly for coalescing binaries 
URL https://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/daswg/projects/lal/nightly/docs/html/group__ch__inference.html
 
Company Name Laser Labs Games CIC 
Description Laser Labs is a not-for profit company that develops educational apps with the aim to promote science using well designed and fun apps. The original of the company endeavour can be traced back to the Gravitational Wave Group at the University of Birmingham where the first applications were developed, from simple simulations to arcade-style games. These were soon used at science fairs by ourselves and by other scientists around the world. The apps work well for attracting an audience and for providing talking points to introduce specific research topics. Laser Labs Games CIC, or Laser Labs for short, was founded to provide the legal structure for bringing our applications to the well known app stores. We are now recreating our applications for modern devices and technologies, and continue to work with research groups to discuss new ideas and to develop new apps to help bringing science to the masses. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact already produced several games that are routinely used in public engagement events by the gravitational wave community
Website http://www.laserlabs.org
 
Company Name Laser Labs Games CIC 
Description Laser Labs is a small scale developer for educational apps. Our aim is to promote science using well designed and fun apps. Our endeavour can be traced back to the Gravitational Wave Group at the University of Birmingham where we developed our first applications, from simple simulations to arcade-style games. These were soon used at science fairs by ourselves and by other scientists around the world. The apps work well for attracting an audience and for providing talking points to introduce specific research topics. Our applications became an important element in a highly ranked impact case study for the REF 2014, a regular process for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Laser Labs Games CIC, or Laser Labs for short, was founded to provide the legal structure for bringing our applications to the well known app stores. We are now recreating our applications for modern devices and technologies, and continue to work with research groups to discuss new ideas and to develop new apps to help bringing science to the masses. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact We succesfull managed to port two of our apps Pocket Black Hole and Strecth and Squash to mobile apps in time for the announcement of the first graviational wave detection. Many of the groups in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration used these apps during the public engagement activities around the event. We later published a mobile version of Space Time Quest and are now preparing Black Hole Master for mobile.
Website https://www.laserlabs.org/
 
Description BICEP2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact sparked questions and discussion afterwards

people asked to visit research group and talk to scientists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Cutting edge science in the clas room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RCUK funded event centered around engaging teachers with the cutting edge science we do in our research and how they can bring this knowledge into their classrooms. We hosted a dedicated event on gravitional waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Superposition (Leeds) with Leon Trimble 08/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Superposition is a network and space for artists, makers and scientists to collaborate. We presented our science+art collaboration with artist Leon Trimble.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Annual General Meeting of Federation of Astronomical Societies, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk on graviaitonal wave astronomy at the Annual General Meeting of Federation of Astronomical Societies, by Prof. Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Astro in the City---How Many Earth-Like Planets in the Galaxy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I spoke about my recent work on counting the number of Earth-like planets in the galaxy to our monthly "Astronomy in the City" astronomy outreach event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public astronomy nights at the University of Birmingham, including talks about current hot topics in astronomy research, and the night sky next month, followed by visits to our Observatory and opportunities to observe the night sky, and hands on exhibits in case of bad weather.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
 
Description Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Astronomy in the City is our flagship outreach event. It's hosted about 5 times a year, advertised widely by the university in the city and region. Tickets are free and must be booked. We regularly have >100 attendees per event. Each event inlcudes a number of different activities, inlcuding a visit to the University's observatory, a talk by an expert and often hands-on exhibits. We make sure that the talks are related to our own STFC funded research and over the last 12 month gravitational waves and black holes have been the key feature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
 
Description Astronomy in the City: Latest LIGO news - Neutron Star merger detection 10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Astronomy in the City is our regular flagship event with the (free) tickets typcially booked out well in advance. This was a dedicated event to the LIGO announcement of a neutran star detection. The evnt includes an expert talk, a question and answer session with an expert panel and hands-on demos.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Astrostatistics Talk to Edward VI School for Boys 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I spoke to the sixth-form students at King Edward VI school for boys about modern astronomy and the importance of statistics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Stargazing Live event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1500 people attended the event which lead to many discussions on the day and per email during the following days.

Several schools contacted us afterwards to arrange for dedicated open days and visits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://gwoptics.tumblr.com/post/40107927529
 
Description BBC Stargazing live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact many people visited stand

TV and radio coverage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description BICEP2 Results for Astro in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk at our monthly "Astronomy in the City" event describing the (then) recent BICEP2 results for gravitational waves in the early universe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description BSF 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact press conference and pupil workshop

press coverage in BBC, Irish time
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Big Bang @ LGS Science Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact All day science fair, open to all students and the general public at Leicester Grammer School. We set up our hands-on exhibits on gravitational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Big Bang Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact hundreds of pupils attended

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact people visited exhibition

press conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Cafe Scientific Pure Bar, Birmingham (thinktank science museum) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk by Dr Christopher Berry on 'The attraction of black holes '
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on/cafe-scientifique
 
Description Cafe Scientifique at William Brookes School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk and workshop on gravitational waves searched for using ground based detectors and pulsar timing. The demonstrations included gravity / space-time, interferometers, gravitational lensing, atom trap and computer games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cambridge University Scientific Society, public talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Public talk On the discovery of gravitational waves: Black holes and revelations at Cambridge University Scientific Society, by Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.facebook.com/events/1863462817208678/
 
Description Cavalcando le onde gravitazionali a caccia di buchi neri e chissa' cos'altro 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Many questions and requests for further discussion and participation to events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.mantovascienza.it/2017/09/15/cavalcando-le-onde-gravitazionali-a-caccia-di-buchi-neri-e-c...
 
Description Cheltenam Science Festival, Cheltenham, 06/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Organised a stand on graviational wave science at this well know event. The event lasted 2 days and was very busy with more than 3600 visiting our stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/science-in-the-square/makershack/
 
Description Community Festical, University of Birmingham 06/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Together with a student society we provided a stand with activities related to Astronomy and graviational wave science, names 'From stars to black holes: a new era in astronomy'. The community day is a regular event to enage with the general public local to the university but drawn people from the wider region. Text from the programme belowWe have a range of exhibits for events (science fairs, school, open days) and have been part of the Community Day before. The description below is a typical example of what we can and would like to provide. We are happy to change or adapt our program as needed. We offer an exhibition (mostly indoor, with a possible outdoor activity) with a number of hands-on activities related to astronomy, focussed on black holes and gravitational waves, such as a laser interferometer demonstration and simple models to explain fundamental principles of our new detectors. Our interactive computer apps allow a playful engagement with the concepts of gravity and black holes: you can try to be a 'Black Hole Master' or watch how gravitational waves are stretching and squashing you. We will also provide a live link to the GEO600 detector to listen to its gravitational wave output signal. Weather permitting, we can set up a solar telescope in the Chancellor's court, providing live observations of the sun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ebook on graviational waves 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Editor of a unique text collection on gravitational wave science, translated into 5 languages, discussing the basic working principle of interferometric gravitational wave detectors.

The ebook is the first such publication describing in simple words how the new type of instrument works. The translation into Spanish and Chinese in particular has reached a completely new audience. The page has on average 70 visitors per day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/ebook
 
Description Educational computer games 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Development of two completely new computer games (Black Hole Pong) and gravitational wave detection (Space Time Quest). In the first year after its release Space Time Quest achieved 10,000 downloads and Black Hole Pong close to 5000

The games have been used internationally at many science fairs and events and are always a focal point especially for younger children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/processing/space_time_quest/
 
Description Founder and editor on chief of the LIGO Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A new magazine was founded in 2012 to cover the activities of the 900 scientists strong LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The magazine's prime audience is the collaboration itself. However, we chose to provide a professionally produced and layouted magazine so that members of the public and policy makes can be targeted as well. So far the magazine has been downloaded more than 10000 times. The magazine was founded by Prof Andreas Freise, who has been editor in chief until 2017, Hannah Middletos is deputy editor in chief. Several individual contributions from the Birmingham group have been published in the magazine over the years.

We received several commendation from policy makes and external scientists alike on the professional image that the magazine conveys about our collaboration. However, a detailed impact analysis has not been done.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.ligo.org/magazine/
 
Description Girls in STEM, University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organising and hosting a 'Grabitational Waves Workshop' for the Girls in STEM day at the University of Birmingham. Classes from two local school attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gravitational Wave Detection Special Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A special public event to explain the science of the first gravitational wave detection. Attended by 400 people, including students from the universty and members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gravitational wave demonstration project with Aston University Engineering Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We are working with Aston University Engineering Academy, a local high school in Birmingham on a design and build project. The students are using CAD to design and build their own gravitational wave demonstration to show the merger of a binary system. This is a long term project with a group of A-level students and their physics teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description Gravitational wave event and talks at British Science Festical 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hands-on activities and talks led to larger number of online visitors to our web presence and interactive games.

Feedback forms were taken after the activities with 80% of students said that they were more likely to study science than before.

I had several email request for more information about graviational wave research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Gravitational wave talk for Physics Partners charity at King Edward's School Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Physics Partners charity organised events to promote further study in Physics. This event was organised by a local school in involved students from several school within the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop at the national Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham on the gravitiational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.gravityfields.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10447
 
Description Hot Jupiter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact sparked questions and discussion afterwards

plenty of discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description IMPACT Symposium by STFC/IOP 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IOP, STFC, SEPnet and the University of Birmingham organised a one-day conference on sharing best pracises for outreach and public engagements. In addition to participating to the conference, our group presented a stand showcasing gravitaitonal wave science and the media and exhibits we have developed for that purpose.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://iop-london.msgfocus.com/files/amf_iop_london/project_81/Final_programme.pdf
 
Description IOP Evening Lecture, University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public IOP Evening Lecture, University of Birmingham by Andreas Freise on "Gravitational waves, from detection to astronomy"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/outreach/Secondary-Schools/IOPEveningLectures.aspx
 
Description IOP Evening Lecture, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact IOP Evening Lecture, University of Nottingham, public talk on Gravitationl Wave Astronomy by Prof. Andreas Freise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IOP Physics Big Day Out 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Contributed a talk and workshop for the IOP Physics Big Day Out - a day for school teachers to hear about science and get ideas of demonstrations possible in the classroom. We talked about gravitational waves and the first detection and demonstrated gravity, interferometers, gravitational lensing with the use of hands on demonstrations and free computer games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IOP Physics Big Day Out, workshop with high school teacher, Birmingham, 07/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop at RAF Cosford Museum, aimed at secondary school teachers from local area (teaching ages 11-18), around 40 people. We presneted a 45 min talk and hosted a 1 hr workshop on graviational wave science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Institute of Physics public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact sparked questions and discussion and increased interest in related subject areas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Interview by Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviewed by The Guardian newspaper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/15/gravitational-waves-detected-from-collision-of-secon...
 
Description Interview by Science Studio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for Science Studio programme on KTEP radio station, Texas plus their podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ktep.org/post/science-studio-ligo
 
Description Invited speaker at the IOP Physics in Perspective Conference, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact After my talk the download statistics of our ourtreach pages at www.gwoptics.org showed a significant spike of
several hundred extra visitors.

Many views on Youtube and email requests about the discussed science from members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FPCjWxdzrs
 
Description Keynote talk at PyData London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk on the discovery of gravitational waves and the use of the Python language in the LIGO collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/talks/2016/pydata/
 
Description King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact spark questions and discussion afterwards

received requests for more sessions like this and to visit research group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Listening to Einstein's universe (exhiition at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We, as part of a larger UK team, co-organisted a stand on graviaitonal waves at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibitiion in 2017. The stand featrued a mini-LIGO interferometer provided by our group and two online apps (shown on tablets) made by our research group. The exhibition was vistited by 2002 students with 262 teachers, and 10,123 public visitors. We collected feedback from 100 visitors who reported a change in their understanding of current research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science-exhibition/
 
Description Malvern Festival of Innovation 10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Joint event of several local schools, including: Malvern St. James, Hanley Castle, Woodrush High School, CWLS(?), Bishop Perowne, Baxter College. Catshill School. We presneted a plenetarium show (first shows using our new inflatable planetarium), in total 7 shows for 200 students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/next-generation-innovators
 
Description Marie-Curie training event about public engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a presentation to Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship holders about the development of a museum exhibit that was displayed at the Science and Technology museum of Birmingham (the Thinktank). The exhibit was developed over the course of 2 years, from seed concept to live display, and involved hardware, custom electronics, a software interface, and short videos that were integrated with an interactive display. My talk focussed on how continuing smaller-scale involvement with the Thinktank (through 'meet an expert' events and so forth) led to this larger involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Maths Public Lecture on Astrostatistics in Modern Astronomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I spoke about the importance of astrostatistics in modern astronomy for a Maths Department public lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Meet the Expert at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A "Meet the Expert" day at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. People from the region visiting the museum can have a go at hands-on demonstrations explaining how gravitational wave detectors work, the bending of space-time in general relativity and gravitational lensing. They can also have a go at playing free apps and games developed by people in our Gravitational Wave Group (https://www.laserlabs.org/)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
 
Description Meet the Expert at Thinktank Science Museum, 08/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meet the export event as part of the 'Museum of Moon' theme, with focus on astromomy related to our STFC funded research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meet the Expert at the Thinktank with Particle Physics for Dark Matter Day 10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meet the expert event at the Birmingham Science Museum, theme of the day was dark matter and our research group covered the gravitational wave aspect of thos.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meet the expert event at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A special event to celebrate 100 years of Einstein's theory of general relativity. Again, we used part of our exhibition material about gravitational wave detectors and provided 'experts' for a one day event in the local science museum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Oxford University Student Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Oxford University Student Society, public talk by Prof Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk "Einstein's Last Quest" on gravitational waves as part of the Pint of Science nation-wide event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/
 
Description Pint of Science Birmingham 05/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One of the Pint of Science Events in Birmingham. We gave a talk o graviaitonal wave science and a performance with Artist Leon trimble (using a Michelson interferometer as an source in a live sound-mixing show).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/fluctuations-of-the-firmament-
 
Description Press briefing on Advanced LIGO, British Science Festival 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Articles in BBC Online, Irish Times
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29168676
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/new-equipment-will-help-scientists-detect-gravity-waves-1.1925665

Several email requests for further information from interested members of the public and science bloggers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29168676
 
Description Press conference for the announcement of the first graviational wave detection, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated to press conference in London, organised local event in Birmingham to stream announcement.
Media engagement: several radio and newspaper interviews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Public lecture (National Astronomy Meeting Schools Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Was invited to give a talk at the National Astronomy Meeting Schools Day 2016 to around 300 school-children (ages 16+).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.nam2016.org/public-and-schools-events/schools-and-teachers
 
Description Public lecture by Professor Cole Miller from the University of Maryland, USA, on the mysteries of black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture by Professor Cole Miller from the University of Maryland, USA, on the mysteries of black holes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-mysteries-of-black-holes-tickets-28772220486
 
Description Public talk at local secondary school (Five Ways), Freise 10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Public talk at a local secondary school (enrichment for 6th form).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public talk for Walsall Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 50 people attended the talk which sparked discussion and other talks were requested
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Public talk for the Association for Science Education annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact lively discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Raddical Sabbatical, Sarah Farmer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A new collaboration with an artist in residence, Sarah Farmer, at the University of Birmingham. The aim of the collaboration is to explore artistic explression related to the research effort around gravtiational wave astronomy. This activity has just started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio Interview, Burn FM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Interview with regional radion Burn FM on the discovery of gravitational waves with Prof. Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://howesthat.org.uk/radio-show/2016/11/6/show-4-space-week
 
Description Radio interview, 'Have Your Say' - BBC World Service GW special 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A 1 hour special on the gravitational wave detection that included Anna Green, the student funded by the project , as an expert from Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03hk00n
 
Description Redditch Astro Society GW Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk at the Redditch astronomy society about the black holes discovered by Advanced LIGO in its first observing run and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Redditch Astro Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk by Dr Will Farr on Gravitional Wave Astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Release of mobile app Space Time Quest 10/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We released a completely new implemetation of our computer game Space Time Quest in time for the LIGO annoucement of the neutron star detection. The game is a simultion game in which the player can design their own detector. It is avilable in English. Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Chinese, French, Italian and Russian. The new mobile version has already accumulated more than 5000 entries in the online leaderboard.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.laserlabs.org/spacetimequest.php
 
Description School Visit, King Edward VI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School visit (Queensbridge) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I was invited to talk to around 50 secondary students (ages 14-16) about my research, the discovery of gravitational waves, choosing a career in science and studying at university. Feedback from teachers suggests it was very well received by students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description School visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organised an IOP funded series of school visits with an exhibition 'Looking for Black Holes with Lasers' and an outreach day for local schools. We visitied 4 schools, presenting our 'Looking for Black Holes with Laser' event, with hands-on activities and presentations.

Teachers reported back that students were very excited about our visit and that a significant fraction has become interested in choosing more science topics for their A levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/outreach.php
 
Description Skeptics in the Pub, The Victoria, Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Skeptics in the Pub, The Victoria, Birmingham, informal talk and question and answer session on Graviaitonal Wave Astronomy with Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://birmingham.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/9128/Gravitational-Waves
 
Description Sociel media engagement for the announcement of Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 for LIGO 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our group was part of the team that supported the LIGO sociel media engagement around the Nobel prize annoucement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stand at the Big Bang Science and Engineering fair in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public fair for science and engineering. We supported a stand that showed part of our exhibition 'finding black holes with lasers', that has activties to explain graviaitonal wave detectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Stratford-upon-Avon Astronomical Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk ' Einstein's gravity & the hunt for gravitational waves' by Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.astro.org.uk/news/oct16/
 
Description Talk at Astronomical Society Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A typical outreach talk at a reginal meeting of a astronomical society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk at astronomical society Crewe, Freise 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk in a local astronomical society and the recent discoveries by LIGO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk for school children at university residential summer school 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk for school children on GW astronomy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TedX Event in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We hosted an exhibition and gave a talk on the first detection of graviational waves at the locally organised TedX event in Birmingham. The local audience is 800. Following the philisophy of TED talks, the main aim was to produce a 12 minutes long video which spreads the topic way beyond the local audience. Our two messages were: you don't need to be Einstein to do interesting and impotant work, and sometimes it takes collaboration and dedication to discover new facts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description The birth of gravitational wave astronomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 100 people attended the talk that was followed by many questions and conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.atomfestival.org.uk/our-team/atom-2017/
 
Description University Open Day Astro Society Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk organised by the local astronomy society as part of the university's participation in the UK science festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, public lecture by Prof Ilya Mandel on 'How do you look for black holes (and find them)?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Wordls Collide, collaboration with Leaon Trimble 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New collaboration wth audio-visual artist Leon Trimble. The aim of the collaboration is to explore artistic explression related to the research effort around gravtiational wave astronomy, in particular the visualisation and sonification of simulated and real gravitational wave detector activity and performance with cello, modular synthesiser and 360deg projection. This project has just started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description astronomy in the city 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The intended outcomes are to enthuse young people about astronomy and STEM subjects in general and to show that astronomers and physical scientists in general are real people with whom it is possible to have fun and stimulating discussions. These evenings are full of discussion and lively interaction between our staff, postdocs, students, and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2014,2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/astro-in-the-city
 
Description astrostatistics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact sparked questions and discussion afterwards

received requests for more discussions in this area
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description public talk, Serene Vinciguerre, Seminar at the high school Liceo Pasenti di Cascina 04/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Public talk in Italian high school, open to guests from other schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description public talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact between 10 and 100 people attended events

received requests from other organisations to give talks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011
 
Description visit of Andrew Cohen, head of BBC science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact discussed research with Andrew Cohen, head of BBC science

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description visit of David Willets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact showed lab and activities

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012