Unveiling the Structure of the Universe

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics

Abstract

This is an ambitious proposal to advance our understanding of the structures observed in our Universe, ensuring the development of world-leading research in areas central to the Science Challenges in the STFC roadmap:

The Non-Gaussian Universe and Inflationary Theory: According to the standard inflationary paradigm, the observed galaxies and other large-scale structure originated from quantum fluctuations in the early universe. We will confront these predictions from inflationary models with detailed statistical observations of the Planck satellite data of the cosmic microwave background. In complementary studies, moving beyond simple inflation models, we will exploit recent theoretical advances to make more precise predictions for the distribution of galaxies in our Universe.

The Universe as a Fundamental Physics Laboratory: We will explore how astronomical observations can provide new information about fundamental physics. In particular, we will investigate whether there is astronomical evidence for the constancy of some fundamental constants of physics and whether there can be significant modifications to Einstein's theory of general relativity. These modifications may shed new light on why the expansion of the universe began accelerating a few billion years ago.

Black Holes and Gravitational Physics: Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime which form when black holes or neutron stars merge or in the supernova explosion of stars. They propagate across the universe at the speed of light and will enable us to view the universe in a qualitatively new way with advanced detectors expected to go online in a couple of years. We will study numerically and analytically the stability of black holes and the shape of their gravitational wave signals for comparison with future observations.

Long-term Evolution of Extrasolar Planetary Systems: We study the long-term evolution of extrasolar planetary systems through their tidal interactions with the central star, which affect the spin and orbital motion and can cause planets to swell, migrate inwards and even be destroyed. We also study the long-term gravitational interactions of planets with the protoplanetary disc, which can excite elliptical motion and in some cases destroy planets.

Magnetohydrodynamics of Accretion Discs: Gaseous discs around young stars and black holes are ubiquitous in the Universe and drive some of its most fascinating and important processes. Of these this project addresses: planet formation, powerful jets and outflows, disc warps, and the great outbursts of energy that characterise nascent stellar systems and dwarf novae. The thread linking these diverse phenomena is turbulence and magnetic fields in the gas, which we study through large-scale numerical simulations.

Scale interactions in Solar and Stellar Magnetism: The Sun is like a giant machine, and its large scale magnetic features change fairly regularly and coherently, as shown by the well-known sunspot cycle. However motion in the Sun is very disordered. We shall investigate a theoretical model of the Sun's magnetic field that will show how these disordered flows can combine to produce the observed cycles. We shall also use novel image processing methods to learn more about the details of the small scale motions near the surface of the Sun.

Spectroscopic Diagnostics for the Active Sun and Astrophysics: A deeper understanding of processes in the solar atmosphere will help us describe the energy release which heats the corona (to over a million degrees) and initiates solar flares and eruptions, leading to space weather events. Recent solar space observations (SoHO, Hinode, SDO) provide stunning images (see www.suntrek.org). However, the analysis of this data requires detailed knowledge of emission in the EUV. This information is provided by our group and made publicly available via a database called CHIANTI, which is now universally used in solar physics, and also astrophysics.

Planned Impact

The Cambridge Relativity and Gravitation group and the DAMTP Astrophysics group have had a worldwide impact, which continues to reach a broad public audience. Our outreach work has improved the understanding and perception of STFC science in the outside world, while inspiring a younger generation to study the physical sciences. For example, few events could have had more impact than the opening of the London Paralympic games, which Professor Stephen Hawking narrated. It was a showcase of STFC science from the Big Bang, through astronomy, to the LHC, which was watched by 11 million UK viewers and many more beyond. As our Pathways to Impact document details, through the support of this consolidated grant we will continue our major outreach programme in three areas over the coming years:

First, Professor Stephen Hawking and the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology will continue to communicate to a wide audience, through public lectures, television programmes, books and other publications and an outreach website (see www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/outreach). For major international conferences, we will continue to hold webcast public lectures by prominent scientists, such as those given or already planned by Brian Cox, Saul Perlmutter, Martin Rees, Kip Thorne, and Stephen Hawking himself.

Secondly, John Barrow will continue to advance the public understanding of science through his many public lectures, talks to schools, radio and science festival programmes and other events. He will in addition provide podcasts and interviews and articles about cosmology and relativity for the online Plus magazine (see www.plus.maths.org), a popular website for schools.

Thirdly, Helen Mason will continue to lead the Sun|trek initiative (www.suntrek.org) on solar physics, giving public lectures to teachers' conferences, schools, Astronomy Societies and Science Centres. This work will also support the development of the Suntrek website, again as with the other projects, bringing STFC science to a wide audience.

Publications

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Abbott T (2018) The Dark Energy Survey: Data Release 1 in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

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Abidi M (2018) Cubic halo bias in Eulerian and Lagrangian space in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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Ade P (2019) The Simons Observatory: science goals and forecasts in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

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Ade PA (2015) Joint analysis of BICEP2/keck array and Planck Data. in Physical review letters

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Akhshik M (2014) Statistical anisotropies in gravitational waves in solid inflation in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

 
Title Space media with Sun|trek 
Description Students from Manchester produced a Sun/art exhibition 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Workshop for teachers held in Manchester to widen impact 
 
Title Sun, Space and Art 
Description The SunSpaceArt project runs workshops with scientists and artists in primary schools. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Beautiful artwork has been produced by the school children. 
 
Description DAMTP Relativity group members are responsible for some of the most extensive public engagement activity in the UK, which has wider societal impact. Stephen Hawking maintains a worldwide scientific and public presence through his books, interviews, public appearances, and syndicated TV programmes. He is a regular public speaker at our international cosmology conferences in DAMTP and has attracted major philanthropic contributions to the subject which have helped establish the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, of which our research programme is a major beneficiary. He has recently given the BBC Reith Lectures. These have been featured on the front cover of the Radio Times and more than 58,000 ticket requests were made for the 300 places at the live presentations. Currently, there is major interest in the detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical events involving black holes which is closely related to Hawking's earlier research (notably on black hole uniqueness, gravitational waves and area theorems). John Barrow is also involved in major outreach work in cosmology and associated fundamental physics through books, school talks, broadcasts and public lectures. For example, he has recently been President of the Mathematics section of the BSA (having previously been Physics and Astronomy Section President) and delivered the '100 Years of General Relativity' lecture at the British Science Festival in 2015 and one of the two (webcast) public talks for schools and the general public at the Queen Mary University's General Relativity Centenary Meeting in November 2015. Barrow and Ulrich Sperhake contributed joint presentations during the evening devoted to General Relativity in the 2015 Cambridge Science Week Programme. During 2015 he spoke at Science Festivals in Keswick, Bradford (x2), Cambridge, Turku, Orlando, Milan, Genoa, Rome, London and Valencia, as well las at many other schools and event in the UK. Barrow also directs the Millennium Mathematics Project and its Plus e-magazine (www.plus.maths.org) has featured many of our research areas - see for example the recent cosmology articles and podcasts under https://plus.maths.org/content/search/node/cosmology, the recent gravitation articles and podcasts under https://plus.maths.org/content/search/node/gravity, and the recent articles about planets and their formation under https://plus.maths.org/content/search/node/planets. Plus has a proven track record in engaging a wide general audience with complex scientific ideas and reaches more than 1.4 million users every year. In addition the group hosts and maintains two websites with general news items which are widely read: www.ctc.cam.ac.uk and www.cosmos.damtp.cam.ac.uk/news.
Sector Other
Impact Types Societal

 
Description EU Framework Programme
Amount £86,857 (GBP)
Funding ID EU FP7 grant 
Organisation European Economic Community 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2012 
End 11/2015
 
Description FQXi Grant - "Stuff Happens: the Physics of Events"
Amount $31,300 (USD)
Organisation Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United States
Start 01/2015 
End 01/2016
 
Description FQXi Grant for Public Understanding - "Do Observers Matter? Exploring the physics of the observer"
Amount $99,997 (USD)
Organisation Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United States
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Fundamental Physics from Observations of White Dwarfs
Amount £349,500 (GBP)
Funding ID RPG-2015-278 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2016 
End 02/2019
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes
Amount $48,207 (USD)
Funding ID NSF-XSEDE Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes
Amount $23,880 (USD)
Funding ID NSF-XSEDE Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes (funding renewable annually)
Amount $56,319 (USD)
Funding ID XSEDE PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Description Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 24 observing time
Amount $0 (USD)
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 24 observing time
Amount $0 (USD)
Funding ID HST Ref 14791 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 10/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Isaac Newton Trust
Amount £20,121 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Department Isaac Newton Trust
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 02/2017
 
Description Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship
Amount £156,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Matter and strong-field gravity: New frontiers in Einstein's theory
Amount € 283,192 (EUR)
Funding ID H2020-ERC-2014-CoG "MaGRaTh" 646597 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2015 
End 11/2020
 
Description Matter and strong-field gravity: New frontiers in Einstein's theory
Amount € 283,192 (EUR)
Funding ID H2020-ERC-2014-CoG "MaGRaTh" 646597 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2015 
End 11/2020
 
Description NSF XSEDE Grant PHY-090003
Amount $59,225 (USD)
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description Probing fundamental physics with gravity
Amount € 1 (EUR)
Funding ID RACE grant Tier-0 PPFPWG 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description Royal Society Newton International Fellowship
Amount £103,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 02/2019
 
Description Rubicon
Amount € 157,098 (EUR)
Organisation Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) 
Sector Public
Country Netherlands
Start 10/2016 
End 10/2018
 
Description Singularities of Geometric Partial Differential Equations
Amount £1,551,044 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K00865X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2018
 
Description Strong Gravity and High-Energy Physics
Amount € 288,000 (EUR)
Funding ID H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 "StronGrHEP" 690904 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Strong Gravity and High-Energy Physics
Amount € 288,000 (EUR)
Funding ID H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 "StronGrHEP" 690904 
Organisation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 
Sector Academic/University
Country Global
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description The mathematical analysis of black holes and spacetime singularities in general relativity
Amount $198,351 (USD)
Funding ID NSF Grant DMS-1405291 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 07/2014 
End 06/2017
 
Description XSEDE - Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
Amount $43,604 (USD)
Funding ID Grant No. PHY-090003 (extension) 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description XSEDE - Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
Amount $56,319 (USD)
Funding ID Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2016
 
Title CHIANTI - Atomic Database 
Description CHIANTI is an atomic database developed by the Atomic Astrophysics research group at DAMTP, funded by STFC. It is now universally used by the solar physics community for the analysis of solar spectra, and is also widely used in the astrophysical community. Giulio Del Zanna is a key member of the CHIANTI team, and has led several CHIANTI papers and releases. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact CHIANTI has facilitated the analysis of solar spectra leading to over 3350 citations. 
URL http://www.chiantidatabase.org/
 
Description Associate Scientist on NASA's IRIS project 
Organisation Harvard University
Department Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration has resulted in several joint research papers.
Collaborator Contribution Joint research papers.
Impact Research papers
Start Year 2016
 
Description Associated scientist with CfA on various missions/proposals 
Organisation Harvard University
Department Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contribute to various proposals for space missions (COSIE, MAGIXS), to the analysis of current missions (IRIS). Also contributed to AIRSPEC, an new infrared spectrometer, and DKIST, a ground-based solar telescope.
Collaborator Contribution Provide access to data and resources.
Impact Various research papers.
Start Year 2010
 
Description CEA Saclay 
Organisation University of Paris-Saclay
PI Contribution An ongoing collaborations with a few publications per year.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact Publications.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Chile / Leiden 
Organisation Leiden University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In December 2017, Professor Anne Davis began a new collaboration with Ana Achucarro at Leiden and Gonzalo Palma at the University of Chile.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One publication so far, significant other publications in progress
Start Year 2018
 
Description Chile / Leiden 
Organisation University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In December 2017, Professor Anne Davis began a new collaboration with Ana Achucarro at Leiden and Gonzalo Palma at the University of Chile.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One publication so far, significant other publications in progress
Start Year 2018
 
Description Co-I of Hinode EIS team 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Over the years we have contributed to the Hinode EIS team in proposing observations, providing atomic data, instrument calibration, and helping young researchers into the use of the instrument.
Collaborator Contribution This is a large international collaboration. MSSL is the leading institute that has provided most of the hardware.
Impact A large number of papers and conferences.
Start Year 2007
 
Description Co-I of Solar Orbiter instruments 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department RAL Space
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I am co-I of the Solar Orbiter SPICE and EUI. I am . associated scientist of the SOlar Orbiter METIS instrument. I am contributing in refining the best science, calibration and operating modes.
Collaborator Contribution Building instruments, calibration, on-board software
Impact Most of the outcomes will come in the future. A few papers are in progress.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Co-I of Solar Orbiter instruments 
Organisation University College London
Department Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am co-I of the Solar Orbiter SPICE and EUI. I am . associated scientist of the SOlar Orbiter METIS instrument. I am contributing in refining the best science, calibration and operating modes.
Collaborator Contribution Building instruments, calibration, on-board software
Impact Most of the outcomes will come in the future. A few papers are in progress.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Collaboration with Dr. Dudik on Non-Maxwellians 
Organisation Astronomical Institute Czech Republic
Country Czech Republic 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have an ongoing collaboration with Dr J. Dudik (Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences), a former RS Newton International Fellow at DAMTP (2013--2015), on developing modelling to search for spectroscopic signatures of non-Maxwellian electrons in the solar corona. We have provided the atomic data, mostly from the results of the APAP grants, and knowledge of spectral observations.
Collaborator Contribution Dr. Dudik has contributed in coordinating new observations and writing scientific papers.
Impact Several scientific papers have been published, and others are forthcoming.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with PRL, India 
Organisation Physical Research Laboratory
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The contributions will be on the analysis and atomic data for the upcoming Indian space X-ray spectrometer, to be launched in 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Provide access to the observations.
Impact not yet.
Start Year 2017
 
Description EU COST Collaboration CANTATA On Modified Gravity Theories 
Organisation European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The COST project "CANTATA" is a research program including complementary aspects of theoretical physics, cosmology and astrophysics. It considers, in a coordinated and multidisciplinary way, the possibility to go beyond General Relativity (GR) on scales where Einstein's theory fails at ultraviolet (quantum gravity) and infrared (cosmology). Professor Anne-Christine Davis' current work is on modified gravity theories, such as the chameleon model and related scalar-tensor theories of gravity. She thus has a great deal of expertise to offer to this collaboration. She also has great interest in empowering female scientists.
Collaborator Contribution Supporting the training of researchers and facilitating the interactions between senior members of the network.
Impact COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Great Science Share 
Organisation Manchester University
PI Contribution The Great Science Share is an annual event involving hundreds of school children. We have participated in this event for several years in collaboration with Lynne Bianchi, Fascinate Science, University of Manchester. We have participated in the event in Manchester several times, and in 2018, joined schools and teachers in London.
Collaborator Contribution The Great Science Share is organised by Lynne Bianchi and colleagues, and has grown each year, until it is now a national event. They provide facilities.
Impact We have reached hundreds of primary school students and teachers.
Start Year 2016
 
Description IRPHE, Marseille 
Organisation Aix-Marseille University
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution One of the Astrophysics group members was invited for a one-week research visit to IRPHE, Marseille that was half-funded by CNRS (and the rest funded by his Leverhulme Trust grant) in March 2015. They have several publications in progress from their collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution See above
Impact Several publications are in progress.
Start Year 2015
 
Description ISSI team meeting (2015-2018) on uncertainties in atomic data 
Organisation United States Naval Research Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This is an international collaboration among different institutes. Del Zanna contributed atomic data and diagnostics, and developed a model to calculate uncertainties for Fe XIII.
Collaborator Contribution Other partners contributed on data analysis and statistical analysis.
Impact A scientific paper is submitted and one is in preparation.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Nottingham 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration between one professor in Cambridge and one in Nottingham, resulting in the publication of one paper.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One paper.
Start Year 2017
 
Description PLUTO 
Organisation University of Grenoble
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development and improvements of the self-gravity module for the astrophysical code PLUTO. Development of a bi-fluid code (dust/gas) for PLUTO. Development of a global self-similar code for the study of MHD winds in discs.
Collaborator Contribution As above.
Impact 3D High resolution simulations of self-gravitating discs in a magnetic environment. Study of the interaction between magnetorotational (MRI) and gravitational instability (GI) in discs + dynamo driven by GI. Simulations of spiral waves and GI in discs and connection with observations.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Science and creativity with the Ideas Foundation 
Organisation The Ideas Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution I have been working together with the Ideas Foundation to develop and provide activities for school students, in particular relating science (Sun, space) with creative activities (art, design). We have engaged with a school in Liverpool and a school in Essex, more recently in Maidstone and Greater Manchester.
Collaborator Contribution The Ideas Foundation provide the creative input, and networking opportunities.
Impact Workshops have been run at LiverpoolFACT and Hockerill Anglo-European College, Maidstone Arts Festival and in Greater Manchester.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Simons Fellowship, Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics 
Organisation National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution New research on supergravity
Collaborator Contribution As above
Impact Our professor was one of three senior visitors to the GGI on an eight-week fellowship funded by the Simons Foundation.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Simons Observatory 
Organisation Simons Observatory
PI Contribution Dr Blake Sherwin has served as co-lead of the lensing working group. They have performed key forecasts for inflationary gravitational wave constraints, neutrino masses, and dark energy that have allowed for an optimization of the experiment design.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners have made an enormous amount of progress in completing a significant fraction of the experiment design, resulting in the start of construction.
Impact They have begun construction of parts of the telescope following completion of much of the optics design. A paper summarizing their work thus far is in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Description UK Space Agency: Space to Earth Challenge 
Organisation UK Space Agency
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Participation in UK Space Agengy Educational activities #Principia linked to Tim Peake's flight on the ISS. In particular, member of Space to Earth Challenge team, provided educational resources, visited many schools, gave CPD to teachers
Collaborator Contribution Providing networking opportunities, links to schools etc.
Impact Increased interaction with UK schools, teachers and students. Invitation to give talks. Higher profile nationally.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UNSW Dept of Physics and Astronomy in Sydney 
Organisation University of New South Wales
Department School of Physics
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our professor visited their group for three weeks in 2016.
Collaborator Contribution One of the collaborators will spend a one-year sabbatical with us, starting in February 2017.
Impact New research into fundamental symmetries.
Start Year 2016
 
Description White dwarf 
Organisation University of Leicester
Department Department of Physics & Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution New collaborative work with white dwarf group at Leicester
Collaborator Contribution It was a collaborative effort
Impact Two joint publications in Phys. Rev. Lett. and funding from the Leverhulme Trust
Start Year 2015
 
Description 'Fire and Ice' after dinner talk at the ASE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact After dinner talk at the Association of Science Educators (ASE) Annual meeting in Reading. Over 100 teachers were present. There was a discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.ase.org.uk/news/ase-news/discovers-whats-on-at-annual-conference-2015/
 
Description 10th Rencontres du Vietnam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10th Rencontres du Vietnam Very High Energy Phenomena in the Universe
Quy Nhon, Vietnam, 8 August 2014

Talk title: "Numerical simulations of coalescing binaries"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description 2017 Open Day 
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 On 25 March 2017, postdocs, students and HPC staff of the Stephen Hawking Center for Theoretical Cosmology participated in the open day held at the Center for Mathematical Sciences in connection with the Cambridge Science Festival. The group presented the public with outreach posters on the basics of cosmology and gravitational waves as well as videos and posters on current research highlights in these two subject areas. One of the highlights of this exhibition was a video visualisation of a GRchombo simulation of colliding black holes. The visitors were also able to tour the group's HPC facilities and the Cosmos supercomputer. For our small visitors, we prepared some games to explain the expansion of the Universe and the origami-like formation of filaments and clusters in Large-Scale Structure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In July 2018, Dr Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk entitled "Gravitational Waves Source Modeling" as part of the 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School in Barcelona.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ice.csic.es/indico/event/9/
 
Description 3rd Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 3rd Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics
Sant Cugat, Spain, 25 April 2014

Talk title: "Gravitational Recoil and Astrophysical impact"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description 6th form talk (Chelmsford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact October 2017: Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk to a 6th form college in Chelmsford. Subject: The direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and the insights already obtained from this new window on the Universe as well as the enormous potential for our search for answers to the most profound questions in astrophysics and fundamental physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A*STAR Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow gave an invited talk in the Agency for Science,Technology and Research series Chronicles of Time, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore in Feb. 2017. It included a live and web audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ARISS link-up with Tim Peake 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact ARISS link ups with Tim Peake were an opportunity to link secondary schools and feeder primary schools, with talks and workshops. I participated in events in Norwich, Bristol and Stockport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://principia.ariss.org/
 
Description Academy of Athens 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mihalis Dafermos gave a public talk at the Academy of Athens, November 25, 2015 (on the occasion of the centennial of GR)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Association for Science Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason gave an after-dinner talk at the National Association for Science Educators Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Black Holes, Quantum Information, Entanglement and All That 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Carroll Symmetry, Gravitational Memory and Soft Gravitons" at the conference "Black Holes, Quantum Information, Entanglement and All That", Institut des Hautes Edudes, University of Paris Saclay, Bures sur Ivette, France, 29 May - 1 June 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.math.cnrs.fr/event/2273/
 
Description Black hole interiors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "Black hole interiors and the strong cosmic censorship conjecture in general relativity, I, II, III" as part of the workshop "The Role of Metrics in the Theory of Partial Differential Equations", Sapporo, Japan, July 3, 4 and 6, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brief Answers to Big Questions 
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 Professors Malcolm Perry and Paul Shellard were expert panel members for the book launch of "Brief Answers to Big Questions", the last book written by the late Professor Stephen Hawking. Malcom Perry undertook this at the Science Museum in London 15th October 2018, while Paul Shellard helped launch at the Stephen Hawking House at Gonville and Caius College on 17th October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Buzz Aldrin 
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 On 26 February 2016, Stephen Hawking took part in a visit by Buzz Aldrin to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. They discussed his plans for a mission to Mars. Buzz Aldrin also spoke to students and was filmed by the BBC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cambridge 41 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 12 September 2018, Professor Harvey Reall gave an after-dinner talk on black holes to the Cambridge 41 Club, a local charity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cambridge Science Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason gave five talks at the Cambridge Science Centre, and also talks to astronomy groups in Norfolk and the Isle of Wight, reaching 250 astronomers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Cambridge Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the Atomic Astrophysics Group, in particular Helen Mason and Giulio Del Zanna, with post-docs and graduate students, regularly participate in the Biennial Open Day at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge. They showcase their STFC funded solar research activities and handed out information about STFC science, including around 100 STFC leaflets. This event is always very popular and the number of people reached is thousands. The team engage individuals, both adults and children, with posters, discussions, videos and interactive activities. The people expressed their thanks and appreciation of this outreach activity. The public report an interest in the topic and an increase in their knowledge about solar space research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017,2019
 
Description Careers for females 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason gave two talks (Oxford, Undergraduates in Physics, Norwich) on careers for females in STEM, reaching 150 females
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Circolo Filologico Milanese 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 28 May 2018, John Barrow gave a talk to the Circolo Filologico Milanese entitled "Our place in the Universe".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Comenius 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave two lectures (March and September) to the Comenius travelling university programme of science talks to leading opinion makers, business and university leaders held at King's College, Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Comenius 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John D. Barrow gave four talks on cosmology to Comenius (Netherlands) University group, March and September 2014, with two more to come in November 2014

See above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Comenius 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave two lectures in 2018 to the Comenius travelling university programme of science talks to leading opinion makers, business and university leaders held at King's College, Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Comenius European Leadership Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9 September 2016 John Barrow gave two 75-minute lectures on cosmology to the (Dutch) Comenius European Leadership Course, an international executive programme for CEOs and senior civil servants. He will do it again on 24 March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Copenhagen public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In August 2016 Stephen Hawking gave a public lecture in Copenhagen on "Quantum Black Holes." The event was hosted by the Carlsberg Foundation in collaboration with the Niels Bohr International Academy and Royal Danish Academy of Sciences.

It was the first time since 1970 that Professor Hawking had paid Copenhagen a visit, and his appearance was greeted with high interest and demand. Some 30,000 names were put on a waiting list, with only 1,800 were lucky enough to get a ticket and attend the event at DR Koncerthuset. Due to the high demand, the lecture was screened at 27 cinemas in Copenhagen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Corfu radio interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Michalis gave an interview about the discovery of gravitational waves to the Corfu radio station ??? ???????.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Corfuland 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Michalis Agathos gave an interview with a popular Corfu online publication about the detection of gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.corfuland.gr/el/diafora/kerkyra/mixalis-agathos-o-kerkyraios-epistimonas-poy-ksexorise-to...
 
Description Cosmology and Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 14 May 2018, Dr James Fergusson gave a public talk for Pint of Science entitled "Cosmology and Big Data".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/big-data-and-scientific-research
 
Description DARKMOD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis was a plenary speaker at the four-week workshop "Dark Energy and Modified-Gravity cosmologies: DARKMOD". The event covered most aspects of both dark energy and modified gravity, from their theoretical construction to their link with observational cosmology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.fnal.gov/event/14125/
 
Description Dark Energy in the Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis was the opening plenary speaker at the Lorentz Center Workshop on Dark Energy in the Laboratory in November 2017. Her talk was entitled "Dark energy in a nutshell - an overview."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2017/951/info.php3?wsid=951
 
Description Dramatic experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow was a speaker and discussion panel member at A Dramatic Experiment: Science on Stage, 2015. Panel Discussion, The Royal Society, London 11 May 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://royalsociety.org/events/2015/05/dramatic-experiment/
 
Description Ehrenfest Colloquium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis gave a talk at this colloquium at the University of Leiden entitled "The accelerating universe." This is a historical colloquium and she was only the second female speaker and the first for many years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Einstein lecture, QMUL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow: Invited Public Lecture at Queen Mary University of London, One Hundred Years of General Relativity 28/11/15 Einstein's Universe of Universes, (audience of conference participants, local school students age 16+ and general public)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Einstein's legacy, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ulrich Sperhake and Harvey Reall were Invited speakers at the "Cambridge Science Festival - Einstein's legacy: 100 years of general relativity"
Talk: "Strong gravity theory and gravitational waves"
Cambridge, UK, 19 Mar 2015
Outreach presentation followed by reception and personal discussions with the public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Enimerosi interview 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Michalis Agathos gave an interview in the Corfu newspaper "??????OS?," the paper with the largest circulation circulation in a region with a population of ~150,000.

It was a two-page long interview on the first direct detection of gravitational waves, featured in front page as the main story; the purpose was to inform the public; a couple of smaller articles have followed up since then.

The most significant outcome was that the story of the scientific breakthrough reached the local society and opened channels for more outreach in the future (Dr Michalis received enthusiastic feedback).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Fairness in Sports and Games 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John Barrow gave the introductory talk at a workshop entitled "Fairness in Sports and Games" at King's College London on 5 June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/event-story.aspx?id=1f66fa92-1f03-4436-b82d-cfa0f71fd099
 
Description Feedzai / Web Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2017, Stephen Hawking gave a keynote speech at the annual technology conference Web Summit, held this year in Lisbon, Portugal. The event brought a crowd of 60,000 to Lisbon, and the other speakers included the Portuguese prime minister. Professor Hawking was invited to speak by Feedzai, an AI company specialising in fraud prevention. Professor Hawking spoke of how new technology could perhaps undo some of the damage done to the natural world by industrialisation, but only if we work together to employ the best possible practice and management and prepare for its consequences well in advance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Foligno 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John D. Barrow gave two talks at Foligno Science Festival, Italy, April 2014

See above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ri Lectures are attended by around 200. The talk is also on the Ri video channel, and has been seen by over 150,000 people.

Highlighting solar research activities in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbI6TDHCfe4
 
Description GARYFEST: Gravitation, Solitons and Symmetries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was the subject of a conference in his honour: "GARYFEST: Gravitation, Solitons and Symmetries", 22-24 March 2017, Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique Théorique, 37200, Tours, France. The conference was described as follows: "This focused conference celebrates Gary Gibbons' remarkable contributions and continuing influence in diverse fields of contemporary physics including gravity, the theory of solitons and classical and quantum symmetries. The meeting will focus on current developments in these fields. The discussions are intended to be informal and to provide with the opportunity to exchange new ideas. The event is organized on the occasion of the award of the Honoris Causa Doctor of Science degree to Gary Gibbons by the University François-Rabelais of Tours."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.lestudium-ias.com/event/gary-s-fest-gravitation-solitons-and-symmetries
 
Description Geometric Quantum Dynamics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Applying null geodesics in a Lorentzian spacetimes to problems unconnected with General Relativity" at the Second AGM Meeting on Geometric Quantum Dynamics 2017-2018, 7 December 2017, Imperial College London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sites.google.com/site/geometricmechanics/agm-meetings-2017/second-agm-meeting
 
Description Girls in Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Cora Uhlemann gave her talk "The Skeleton of the Universe" to female students from Highgate School as part of the "Girls in Physics" event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Global Mobile Internet Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 6 April 2017, Stephen Hawking filmed his keynote speech for the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. He spoke about artificial intelligence, its benefits and potential dangers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Good Morning Britain 
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 On 17 March 2017, Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Piers Morgan for "Good Morning Britain." The subjects discussed included climate change and Professor Hawking's ambition to go into space. The interview is available to international audiences on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gravitational Waves: Resonating with the Universe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Michalis Agathos gave a TED talk entitled "Gravitational Waves: Resonating with the Universe" at the yearly local TEDx event in Thessaloniki; its purpose was to bring the recent discovery of gravitational waves closer to the broader public with a short (18') animated talk, to introduce the audience to basic notions and some mind-blowing facts of relativistic physics and to present the exciting prospects and challenges that lie ahead.

Around 800 people attended in the theatre, many more online live and over 3,000 views on YouTube so far.

This talk is probably the most widely spread talk in Greek on gravitational waves and attracted a lot of media attention.

During the break after the talk a large number of people expressed interest to learn more and a few invited Dr Agathos to give a similar talk at other events/institutes/schools/organisations; the local media referred to it as the most inspiring talk of the event; the video of the talk has also been used in schools by physics teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.tedxthessaloniki.com/tedx_speaker/michalis-agathos/
 
Description Gravitational waves: the silent symphony of the Cosmos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Michalis Agathos gave a talk entitled "Gravitational waves: the silent symphony of the Cosmos" to an audience mostly of high-school teachers. The main purpose was to inform physics and maths teachers on the recent developments in gravitational wave physics and to have an interactive discussion on how to make this information accessible to pupils; relations with local educators were developed.

High-school educators were informed about the details of the recent discovery and learned about where to find a wealth of useful sources for school-level science demonstrations, interactive projects etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gravity Falls 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 10 December 2018, Dr Nathan Johnson-McDaniel gave a talk to a workshop at the Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot. The workshop was entitled "Gravity Falls: Implication of gravitational waves observations on modified gravity theories" and his talk gave an overview of observational results about tests of General Relativity with LIGO/Virgo data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/18209/
 
Description Gravity and Black Holes - public symposium 
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 The Centre for Theoretical Cosmology played host to two big events to (belatedly) mark Professor Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday earlier in the year. The scientific conference was preceded on Sunday 2nd July by a Public Symposium featuring an afternoon of public lectures by four very distinguished scientists: Brian Cox, Gabriela González, Martin Rees, and Stephen Hawking himself. This event was attended by over 450 people and was watched by millions around the world, live-streamed by Discovery Science on its Facebook and YouTube pages (their statistics indicated that 5 million people have viewed the pages). The symposium generated a considerable amount of media interest, with several stories about it in the press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/activities/hawking75/
 
Description Gravity and Black Holes - scientific conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th July an international conference entitled "Gravity and Black Holes" was held to discuss recent advances in gravitational physics and cosmology. It was a particularly relevant time to hold such a conference following the LIGO Scientific Collaboration's discovery of gravitational waves and the new window on the Universe that this has opened up. The event was attended by 180 people and featured talks from leading scientists from around the world. The lectures were livestreamed on the web and are now available on the conference website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/activities/stephen75/
 
Description Habib 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One of our researchers gave a talk for the general public at Habib University, Pakistan, entitled "Demystifying the Universe: how far have we come and where are we headed to?" It gave an overview of cosmology and discussed the observations of the CMB by the Planck satellite.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description High School Student Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "On falling into black holes" as the plenary address at the 2nd Middle and High School Student Conference, Athens, December 1, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Holland-America talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave four lectures as part of the Scientific American programme on the Holland-America cruise line.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IMO (Cape Town) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact IMO Celebrity Lecture, The Maths of Entire Universes, International Mathematics Olympiad, U Cape Town, 2014

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description IOP Careers for Women conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason gave a talk to around 60 female physicists, mostly undergraduates, to encourage them to look at a diversity of career options, academia and beyond.

The students were very eager to talk to Dr Mason about different aspects of their careers, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. According to the IOP, students commented on the variety of careers options open to them as a result of the event, and they asked for copies of Dr Mason's presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.iop.org/news/16/nov/page_68558.html
 
Description IOP Engineering Society (Chelmsford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact October 2017: Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk to the IOP Engineering Society in Chelmsford. Subject: The direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and the insights already obtained from this new window on the Universe as well as the enormous potential for our search for answers to the most profound questions in astrophysics and fundamental physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Inaugural Roger Penrose Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 27 October 2017 Stephen gave the first ever lecture in a series named in honour of his longtime collaborator Professor Sir Roger Penrose. The lecture, on quantum black holes, was given at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford, where Professor Penrose works, and was streamed live around the world via the university's Facebook page.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH6I_YPOAbY
 
Description Inaugural lecture, Black Holes Initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In April 2016 Stephen Hawking visited Harvard University to open the new Black Holes Initiative funded by the Templeton Foundation and also to continue his collaboration with Professor Andrew Strominger. He gave an inaugural lecture about black holes for the new centre to more than a thousand faculty, students and staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/04/hawking-at-harvard/
 
Description Institute of Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason gave two talks to the Institute of Physics (Cambridge and Chelmsford), reaching 100 people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description IoP Careers event for female undergraduate physics students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Keynote address, lots of questions and interaction, in particular about careers for women in SET.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description J.L. Synge Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave the 14th J.L. Synge Public Lecture at Trinity College Dublin on 1st November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ti.to/tcdalumni/14th-j-l-synge-public-lecture-prof-mihalis-dafermos/en
 
Description Kempf lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos was invited to give his talk "On falling into black holes I, II" on October 22 and 23, 2018, as part of a special series of lectures at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mathematics in honour of George Kempf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lecture (Isaac Newton Institute) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Annual Correspondents Day Lecture, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, 2014

The lecture was attended by representatives from EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and STFC. The lecture is important in maintaining and increasing the value of the Institute to the entire UK mathematical community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In October 2016, Stephen Hawking gave a lecture to a packed hall at Imperial College, describing how he discovered that black holes are not as dark and destructive as we think.

Joining Professor Hawking for a celebration of theoretical physicists were five of his former students, who are now all professors in the Department of Physics at Imperial - Jerome Gauntlett, Chris Hull, Jonathan Halliwell, Fay Dowker and Toby Wiseman. Professor Hawking reflected on his close connection with Imperial's physicists, saying earlier in the day: "I am very pleased to be here today to give this public lecture. Over the years I have developed close connections with the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial College. Members of the Theoretical Physics Group have made important advances in our understanding of fundamental physics.

"Looking forward, Imperial College continues to be one of the world's leading centres for research in theoretical physics, string theory, cosmology, and quantum gravity, and the College should be very proud. I am confident that the Theoretical Physics Group, including five former members of my own Relativity Group in Cambridge, will continue the great tradition of fundamental physics research at Imperial." In his talk on the nature of black holes, Professor Hawking recounted the origins of black hole theory, described how they emit some radiation (called 'Hawking radiation') and discussed how they might not be the ultimate destroyers of information.

Professor Hawking frequently brought the audience to laughter throughout the lecture with his witty remarks about the nature of the universe and humorous slides depicting the quantum physics of black holes.

He then answered questions from the audience, which was broadcast live on Facebook and is available on YouTube. Professor Jerome Gauntlett, Head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial said of the event: "It was an honour and a privilege for the Theoretical Physics Group to host Stephen Hawking at Imperial.

"The campus was buzzing with excitement before his brilliant and inspirational lecture in the Great Hall, where the atmosphere was electric. It was a wonderful celebration of theoretical physics and an extraordinary event!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Live space conference 
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 On 13 May 2016, Stephen Hawking took part in a live space conference with Tim Peake, who was aboard the International Space Station. They discussed dark matter, the possibility of (unfriendly) alien life and the impact of climate change. Tim offered a tour of the ISS, showing astonishing views of the Earth from space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Martin Rees (interview) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Mike Proctor conducted an interview with Lord Rees of Ludlow on the nature of the universe

The interview appeared in the King's Review, an online magazine publishing academic journalism, based in King's College, Cambridge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://kingsreview.co.uk/magazine/blog/2014/05/02/an-interview-with-martin-rees-astronomer-royal-4/
 
Description New Perspectives on Cosmology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Yi Wang gave a talk entitled "CMB Anomalies in the Light of BICEP2" at the IAS Workshop, "New Perspectives on Cosmology," 23 May 2014 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

During last few years we have witnessed rapid developments in cosmology, both in theory and experiments. Especially, with the recent PLANCK data our understanding on the universe is facing even more refinements than ever. Moreover, with the planned number of future experiments on the cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, gravitational waves and so on, our view on cosmology and gravity will be further developed continuously. The aim of the workshop was to promote stimulating informal and intensive discussions among the participants and to initiate possible collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ias.ust.hk/workshop/cosmology/2014/index.html
 
Description New flows and old black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was an invited speaker at "New flows and old black holes: Adventures in quantum gravity and holography - a conference in celebration of Nick Warner's 60th birthday", IPhT, CEA/Saclay, France, June 22-23 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/14442/
 
Description Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9 March 2017 John Barrow gave a talk at the event dinner to mark the opening of the new building to house the £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University. Other speakers at the event included architect Daniel Libeskind, Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, and prominent astrophysicists Professors Hiranya Peiris, Mark Hannam and Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description On falling into black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos delivered his talk "On falling into black holes" on the following occasions:

Mathematics Colloquium, Imperial College, January 31, 2018
Field Equations on Lorentzian Space-Times, Hamburg, March 21, 2018
Plenary Address, Young Researchers Symposium, Montreal, July 20, 2018
AMS Invited Address, Fayetteville, Arkansas, November 3, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parapolitika interview 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Michalis Agathos gave an interview in "????????????," one of the top Saturday papers in circulation in Greece. It was a 1.5 page-long interview about the first gravitational wave detection. The science article was accessible to large part of the national population.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Pordenone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John D. Barrow gave a talk and a formal interview at Pordenone Literary Festival, Italy, September 2014

See above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.oppureblog.com/john-barrow-ci-racconta-cose-linfinito/
 
Description Principia Conferences - Portsmouth and York 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Principia conferences were held in Portsmouth and York to celebrate Tim Peake's flight on the ISS. I helped to run workshops and gave a talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://principia.org.uk/schools-conferences/
 
Description Public lectures and talks at schools by Helen Mason 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Helen Mason has given over 30 talks to schools and public lectures in the past 30 months. These have been to students of all ages, primary, secondary, sixth formers, undergraduates and post-graduates. In addition there have been talks to Astronomy Clubs, branches of the IoP, Women in Science Events, Science Festivals, Solar Sphere Festival, at the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Observatory Greenwich. She has reached well over 1000 people. The feedback has been very good, leading to further requests for talks. She has distributed information about STFC science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
 
Description Quaid-i-Azam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact One of our researchers gave a colloquium at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, entitled "Constraining Fundamental Physics from Large Scale Structure Cosmology." It gave an introduction to cosmology in general, then discussed the observations of cosmic microwave background radiation by the Planck satellite, what it has taught us and what we still do not know.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Reith Lectures 
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 In January 2016 Professor Hawking delivered the prestigious annual Reith Lecture, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and on the BBC World Service. His talk was given in two parts: "Do black holes have no hair?" and "Black holes ain't as black as they are painted."

The lectures were well-received and reviewed positively, and their contents were subsequently published by Bantam Books.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1qCD6jwN3c6GSzY0SY7DYjH/professor-stephen-hawking
 
Description Relativity lecture, Bradford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact British Science Association Annual Meeting Lecture '100 Years of General Relativity', Bradford University, 9 September 2015

John Barrow gave a talk:

In 1915, Einstein first presented his theory of General Relativity. Today, physicists and cosmologists are still grappling with unanswered question such as how to reconcile Einstein's theory with quantum physics. Join physicist John Barrow to celebrate 100 years of General Relativity and find out how important it is for understanding our universe.

Event sponsored by the Institute of Physics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Rollins 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John D. Barrow gave a talk at Rollins College Florida, "Origin and Evolution of the Universe," October 2014

See above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Scattering on Kerr black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis dafermos gave his talk "Scattering on Kerr black holes" at a Mathematical Physics Seminar, University of York, February 1, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason made five visits/talks to schools - locally in Cambridge, also in Manchester and Leicester - reaching over 300 children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Science Festival 2015 
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 Science Week 2015 within the University of Cambridge includes a popular open day at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in which we participated actively. Apart from visualisation and other poster displays, a particularly popular activity was the tour of the COSMOS supercomputer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Seeing the beginning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Blake Sherwin gave a talk entitled "Seeing the beginning: the Cosmic Microwave Background and what it can tell us about our Universe" on 23 March 2018. This was part of a one-day scientific meeting entitled "What we don't know about the Universe: From the very small to the very big" that took place as part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/78031
 
Description Sightsavers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12 December 2017, Stephen Hawking attended a Sightsavers event at Churchill College, Cambridge, as a keynote speaker. The event was to mark the one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Professor Hawking said: "Today we are here to celebrate delivering one billion treatments for NTDs - a monumental milestone few health programmes have achieved, both in terms of scale and level of success.

"Collaboration between partners across the world over the past five years has accelerated us closer to the elimination of NTDs than ever before, making it clear that this is one of the most successful health initiatives of recent times."

In his talk, Professor Hawking highlighted the pioneering work of his father, Dr Frank Hawking. In the 1950s, Frank Hawking was one of the first people to conduct research into and develop treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF). The preventative chemotherapy drug diethylcarbamazine, which he developed, is still widely used today.

Professor Hawking said: "My father's work into NTDs many years ago highlighted that this is an important area where we must be placing focus.

"The fact that these diseases are entirely preventable and treatable means that, in this day and age with the advances in health and science we know only too well, we should really be in a position to be saying goodbye to these horrible diseases of poverty once and for all."

Also speaking at the event was former US president Jimmy Carter, who founded the Carter Center, which works to control and treat NTDs. Carter said: "Sightsavers has been a valuable partner with the Carter Center in the fight against trachoma and river blindness in Africa.

"No single organisation can hope to eliminate neglected tropical diseases on its own. The effort requires cooperation among a diverse team of players, taking advantage of the strengths each member of the team brings with it."

International Development Minister Lord Bates's speech focused on how NTDs affect the poorest and most marginalised people. "Britain is leading the way by protecting millions of lives from being blighted by them," he said. "One example is how UK aid is helping to eradicate Guinea worm globally.

"Investing in NGOs, pharma companies and our world-class universities and researchers will help end these diseases, which belong in the last century."

Sightsavers CEO Dr Caroline Harper said: "Delivering one billion NTD treatments would not have been possible without the support of our many partners around the world. Each and every one of them has helped us make an enormous impact on the people that our programmes reach.

"We must redouble our efforts and at all costs avoid any sense of complacency at this crucial time. Eliminating these diseases once and for all is our goal, but there is still a way to go before we are able to do this."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Singapore public lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave an invited public lecture entitled "The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" on 21 February 2017 at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to start their 10-on-10 public lecture series "The Chronicle of Evolution," which will feature four Nobel laureates. There was an audience of 400 and the event was web cast. He also spoke at Jurong Junior College the previous day to all 598 students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.paralimes.ntu.edu.sg/NewsnEvents/10-on-10%20The%20Chronicle%20of%20Evolution/Pages/Home.a...
 
Description Skai/Star TV interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Michalis Agathos gave interviews to morning news shows on Greek TV - one at "S???" and three at "Star."

The interviews were on various scientific news stories (gravitational waves, space exploration, exoplanets, etc). Dr Agathos has ongoing contact with the journalists/hosts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Space to Earth Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Helen Mason was involved in the production of new resources for UK schools relating to solar research for the Space to Earth Challenge, linked to Tim Peake's flight on the ISS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.spacetoearthchallenge.org.uk/
 
Description Speech in honour of Sergiu Klainerman 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave a talk at Princeton entitled "The inside story of black hole stability and the strong cosmic censorship conjecture in general relativity" as part of an event honouring Sergiu Klainerman.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description St Cross 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9 June 2018, the St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP) at the University of Oxford held a one-day conference entitled "From Space to Spacetime". John Barrow gave a talk entitled "Bending Space and Time."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events/space-spacetime-one-day-conference
 
Description Starmus Festival 
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 Stephen Hawking attended the latest edition of the Starmus Festival was held in the Canary Islands in June/July 2016. This is a unique combination of science, art and music, with presentations from astronauts, cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners, and prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. Participants in 2016 included Brian May, Alexei Leonov, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins. The event honoured Professor Hawking's contribution to our understanding of the universe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.starmus.com/the-starmus-festival-2016-presents-the-programme-for-its-third-edition-beyon...
 
Description Stellarium - Dance about the birth of a star 
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 Linking up with Dance Manchester, we worked with several secondary schools to perform a dance expressing the birth of a star -the Sun. This was performed in several public locations in Manchester, and also at the Big Science Share conference for primary schools. It was a stunning success.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rie5wYffr10
 
Description Stephen Hawking Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact On 29 November 2018, Dr Blake Sherwin gave a talk and took part in a panel discussion of Stephen Hawking's legacy at the Science Museum in London. The event marked the launch of Cambridge University's campaign to celebrate and memorialise the life of Stephen Hawking through a programme of teaching, research and outreach.

The centrepiece of the evening was the Vice-Chancellor's announcement of the Stephen Hawking Programme, which will offer highly prestigious academic appointments and fellowships and studentships in the fields of cosmology, astronomy, theoretical physics and mathematics, aimed at attracting the very best candidates from around the world. The goal is to establish the Programme in perpetuity through endowments, inspired by Professor Hawking's own broad research interests and his public outreach activity, so an integral component will be an annual Hawking Symposium aimed at non-specialist and young audiences in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stephen Hawking's PhD Made Available Online 
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 The continued global interest in Professor Hawking was made clear in October 2017 when his PhD thesis was made freely available online for the first time and attracted so many viewers that it crashed part of the Cambridge University website.
The 1966 thesis, entitled Properties of expanding universes, is the most requested item in the University Library, with 199 requests (mostly from the general public) since May 2016. The next most requested publication was asked for just thirteen times.
In less than one week after becoming available, the thesis received over two million views. Professor Hawking said that by making it available he hoped to "inspire people."
He added: "Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.
"It's wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis - hopefully they won't be disappointed now that they finally have access to it!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251038
 
Description Stephen Hawking's passing 
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 Professor Paul Shellard gave media interviews with BBC, ITV, Sky and international media organisations on 14th March 2018 about the life and scientific achievements of the late Professor Stephen Hawking. Interview on BBC Breakfast (re-broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and elsewhere) prior to Westminster Abbey Memorial Service on 15th June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description String Phenomenology 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne Davis gave her talk "Recent Developments in Modified Gravity" as a plenary speaker at String Phenomenology 2018, Warsaw, 2-6 July 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sp18.fuw.edu.pl/
 
Description Strings 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jorge Santos gave a talk entitled "Connecting the weak gravity conjecture to the weak cosmic censorship" at Strings 2018, one of the most prestigious conferences in high energy physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://indico.oist.jp/indico/event/5/
 
Description Sun|trek 
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 Dr Helen Mason reaches thousands via the Sun|trek website, Media Space, Space2Earth, Twitter and Facebook
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.suntrek.org/
 
Description Sun|trek 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Sun|trek website reaches over 20,000 individuals per month internationally, with further impact from other communications media. In particular dedicated activities have been developed with UK schools and teachers, most recently 'Using Real Solar Data' and 'Collecting Solar Energy'. Now using social media also, facebook, twitter etc..

School students have engaged in science projects relating directly to Sun|trek and solar research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
URL http://www.suntrek.org
 
Description Supergravity, Strings and Dualities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Carroll Symmetry, Gravitational Memory and Soft Gravitons" at the conference "Supergravity, Strings and Dualities: A Meeting in Celebration of Chris Hull's 60th Birthday" held at Imperial College, April 28-29, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://plato.tp.ph.ic.ac.uk/conferences/hull60/index.html
 
Description Talks relating to Women in Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Helen Mason has given many talks about her own career, relating to careers for Women in Science (some are on-line). She gave a talk at the RAS for International Women's Day, a keynote address for Cambridge AWISE and talks to STEM undergraduates in Bath (Feb. 2019) and UCL (Jan 2019) about her career in solar space science. The young students and postgraduates asked many questions about the science and about careers. She has had several blogs written about her, for example by the European Geophysical Union.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/st/2017/12/15/dr-helen-mason-solar-space-missions-a-life-with-the-sun...
 
Description Tencent Web Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 26 July 2017, Stephen Hawking filmed a keynote speech for the Tencent Web Summit, to be held in November in Beijing. He talked about the environment and climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Mathematics of Black Holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The Mathematics of Black Holes" to the First Congress of Greek Mathematicians, June 25, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Sky at Night 
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 In April 2016 Stephen Hawking gave an interview about black holes for the BBC's astronomy programme "The Sky at Night."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077ryr3
 
Description The Teukolsky equation on Kerr and the black hole stability problem 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The Teukolsky equation on Kerr and the black hole stability problem" on the following occasions:

Brussels-London Geometry Seminar, March 20, 2018
Oxbridge PDE conference, March 23, 2018
Conference on non-linear waves, Brown University, May 16, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The geometry and analysis of black hole spacetimes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The geometry and analysis of black hole spacetimes I, II, III, IV, V, VI" as part of the 43rd Summer School on Mathematical Physics, Ravello, September 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2008
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The structure of singularities in black hole interiors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The structure of singularities in black hole interiors" as part of the Origins of the Universe Conference, Flatiron Institute, NY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Understanding the Helios Solar Storm Scenarios 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The study of solar eruptive phenomena has progressed
over the centuries from scholarly recordings of
astronomical events, such as sunspots, to advanced
modelling of how solar activity may drive geophysical
planetary responses, e.g., geomagnetic disturbances.
However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty
around the potential economic impacts of extreme
space weather on modern society.

We provide a catastrophe scenario for
a US-wide power system collapse that is caused by
an extreme space weather event affecting Earth: the
Helios Solar Storm scenario.

This scenario is a stress test for managers and policymakers.
Stress tests are important for understanding
risk exposure across a spectrum of extreme systemic
shocks such as those proposed in the Cambridge
Taxonomy of Threats, which encompasses a dozen
major classes of catastrophes. A suite of scenarios can
be used as a basis for calibrating an organisation's
inherent risk, vulnerability and resilience.

Dr Helen Mason acted as a consultant for the event and was listed in its report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/faculty-research/centres/risk/news-events/events/2016/understanding-the-he...
 
Description Varying constants 
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 In September 2017 PBS made a video about the varying constants research programme, which John Barrow is part of, with the observers at UNSW in Sydney.
It has so far had over 457,000 views. PBS has over 990,000 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJzoelANL_Y
 
Description Vatican visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2016 Stephen Hawking spoke at the Vatican on the origin of the universe as part of a two-day cosmology conference organised by Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He gave a twenty-minute general explanation on his theory about the origin of the universe, the No-Boundary Proposal. He explained how he believes everything started and what remains from that start.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Vice Chancellor, Cape Town 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John D. Barrow gave a talk in Vice Chancellor's series, University of Cape Town, "Origin and Evolution of the Universe," July 2014

See above
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Virgin Galactic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In February 2016 Stephen gave a recorded speech at the launch of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo at a ceremony in Mojave, California. He announced the name of the vehicle as the Virgin Spaceship Unity. He spoke about his views on space exploration.

The vehicle's livery contains an image of Professor Hawking's iris, which was specially photographed to be included on Unity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Web sites 
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 Centre for Theoretical Cosmology and COSMOS supercomputer websites include news stories of wide interest to the general public as well as more specialist audiences.

These can be found at:

www.ctc.cam.ac.uk
www.cosmos.damtp.cam.ac.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk
 
Description When black holes collide: The dawn 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 Dr Michalis Agathos gave a talk entitled "When black holes collide: The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy." It was for the general public, students and physics/astrophysics enthusiasts.

Description: one-hour public lecture on gravitational waves and the recent discovery; the purpose was to educate the broader public on the history, recent developments and future prospects of gravitational wave physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/68239
 
Description Women in Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Cora Uhlemann (Fitzwilliam Fellow and Research Associate, DAMTP) hosted a panel of inspiring speakers from hugely varied fields of science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/news/women-science-evening
 
Description Work with schools and teachers in India 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Helen Mason has worked with many teachers and school children in India, during her visits in November 2016, 2017 and 2018. This work has been carried out mainly at IUCAA, Pune, India, but also at the Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi. She has given several public lectures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018
URL http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story//articleshow/31241616.cms
 
Description Workshop on General Relativity and AdS/CFT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was an invited speaker at a workshop on general relativity and AdS/CFT, Fields Institute, University of Toronto, October 23 - 27, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017