Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham: Consolidated Grant 2016-2019

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

Abstract

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

The capabilities of more conventional instruments to probe the distant Universe and cosmic structures at different scales, galaxies and galaxy clusters, continue to improve. We will use some of the most exquisite observations to advance our understanding of how galaxies and clusters form and evolve through cosmic time. A hot topic in astrophysics is the effort to understand the mysterious "dark energy" which powers the accelerating expansion of the Universe. We plan to use clusters of galaxies as probes of the structure and expansion history of the Universe on the largest scales, to advance our understanding of the nature of dark energy.

A few thousand exoplanets have been discovered in our solar neighbourhood. Understanding the properties of these systems, how the formed and how they can survive is of crucial importance to determine what kind of planets exists outside our Solar System, and, ultimately, determine where life could develop. We will use sophisticated computer simulations to explore the characteristics of different populations of these systems, and to infer the presence of (presently) unobserved companions in the data that have been gathered so far.

Within galaxies, the most massive stars have a major impact due to the very high power they radiate, and due to their powerful stellar winds. The magnetic field in these stars plays a major role, and it is surprisingly difficult to estimate how much matter is streaming away from such stars in a wind. We plan to combine computer modelling with observations at different wavelengths to improve our understanding of just how big an impact the magnetic field has on massive stars, their winds and the effects on their surroundings.

Planned Impact

In terms of academic impact, the immediate beneficiaries include the UK astronomy community, extending beyond the applicant group. In the longer term, this research will provide new insights into the formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters, lay the foundations for reliable measurements of the mysterious component of our Universe that we call "dark energy", using clusters of galaxies, provide new insights into massive stars and populations of exoplanets, and lead to the opening of a new observational window on the universe through gravitational radiation. Research on gravitational waves is expected to radically alter our understanding of the Universe, including information on the nature of neutron stars and black holes; in the long-term it will offer a new window on the very early Universe, when it is was a fraction of a second old. This will benefit the widest international astronomy/astrophysics community.

With regard to societal impact, cosmology, astrophysics and exoplanets are exciting areas and reliably excellent topics for public outreach. The direct detection of gravitational waves, which is expected towards the end of this grant period, will have a considerable impact. A flourishing of new science activities will inevitably result. An improved understanding of cosmology, clusters of galaxies, amongst the largest structures in the cosmos, planetary systems outside the solar systems, and the astrophysics of compact objects, the cosmic engines behind some of the most impressive and violent events in the universe, will surely catch the public imagination, and produce demand for creative works. Our public engagement activities have already generated new online media for education and outreach, such as interactive computer games. They have attracted considerable attention and as we are developing these games for tablets and other platforms we can expect to reach an even larger audience.

Work that we have carried out in the experimental area has already provided direct benefit to UK industry. Earlier work that we have carried out for the construction of elements of subsystems of Advanced LIGO has already benefited the UK industry with contracts for about £1M. Moreover, we have developed a simple and compact interferometer, which has produced two patents, and now a commercialised version of this device exists. Our programme on interferometry and sensors has already had applications in the development of a new gravity-gradient sensor for use in engineering, underground explorations and archeology. We will also be producing simulation software packages that have wider use in industry, for example for integrated system models of navigation systems.

Of course, the training which post-doctoral research assistants and PhD students receive within our grant-funded programme is also of much wider benefit to the academic and non-academic communities.

Publications

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Description Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham
Amount £1,830,268 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S000305/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2022
 
Description Enhancing gravitational wave detector sensitivity and bandwidth for astronomy
Amount $1,097,000 (AUD)
Funding ID DP170104424 
Organisation Australian Research Council 
Sector Public
Country Australia
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Description Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, STFC Equipment Call 2018
Amount £81,350 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/S002154/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 06/2019
 
Description Gravitational Wave Excellence Through Alliance Training (GrEAT) Network with China
Amount £6,405 (GBP)
Funding ID n/a 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Newton STFC Capacity Building ith LIGO-India
Amount £7,951 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 05/2020
 
Description The Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID IEC\NSFC\170345 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Title GW sources 
Description data set of the detected gravitational wave sources 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it's the first and only catalogue of astronomical objects known in gravitational waves 
URL https://losc.ligo.org/about/
 
Title finesse 
Description Frequency domain INterfErometer Simulation SoftwarE 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2007 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it has allowed design and debug laser interferometers with a simple but powerful tool. It has allowed to simulate many different user-defined optical setups. It has been used for Advanced LIGO 
URL http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/
 
Title lalinference 
Description data analysis technique to study the properties of gravitational-wave sources 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact it has enabled the characterisation of the physical properties of GW sources 
URL https://www.lsc-group.phys.uwm.edu/daswg/projects/lalsuite.html
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation National Institute for Astrophysics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation University of Amsterdam
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPTA 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution analysis of pulsar timing data to search for gravitational waves
Collaborator Contribution provided radio data for gravitational wave searches
Impact there are papers in preparation
Start Year 2011
 
Description GEO Collaboration 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Collaborator Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Impact Many papers, technology developments, and outreach events
 
Description GEO Collaboration 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Physics and Astronomy Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Collaborator Contribution Data analysis and instrumental development
Impact Many papers, technology developments, and outreach events
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation LIGO
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation University of Lyon
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation University of Michigan
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description Gravitationally Lensed Gravitational Wave Hunters 
Organisation Virgo Ego Scientific Forum
Country Global 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, paper writing, observing, data analysis,
Impact 2018MNRAS.475.3823S
Start Year 2017
 
Description LSST 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution writing proposals, white papers, science roadmaps; collaboration management; working group management;
Collaborator Contribution writing proposals, white papers, science roadmaps; collaboration management; working group management;
Impact observatory construction, software development, observing strategy, scientific exploitation plans
Start Year 2015
 
Description Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS) 
Organisation University of Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Impact outputs: 23 papers, 1156 citations since 2008;
Start Year 2007
 
Description Ultimate XMM Extragalactic Survey (XXL) 
Organisation Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
Department Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (IRFU)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Collaborator Contribution proposal writing, collaboration management and leadership, observing, data analysis, interpretation, paper writing and publication
Impact 17 articles (4 published, 13 in press)
Start Year 2012
 
Title CPNest 
Description A generic nested sampling tool for bayesian model selection and parameter estimation. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Recently released, but intend it to be useful in population modelling and signal extraction, within the gravitational wave and wider community. 
URL https://github.com/johnveitch/cpnest
 
Company Name Laser Labs Games CIC 
Description Laser Labs is a small scale developer for educational apps. Our aim is to promote science using well designed and fun apps. Our endeavour can be traced back to the Gravitational Wave Group at the University of Birmingham where we developed our first applications, from simple simulations to arcade-style games. These were soon used at science fairs by ourselves and by other scientists around the world. The apps work well for attracting an audience and for providing talking points to introduce specific research topics. Our applications became an important element in a highly ranked impact case study for the REF 2014, a regular process for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Laser Labs Games CIC, or Laser Labs for short, was founded to provide the legal structure for bringing our applications to the well known app stores. We are now recreating our applications for modern devices and technologies, and continue to work with research groups to discuss new ideas and to develop new apps to help bringing science to the masses. 
Year Established 2016 
Impact We succesfull managed to port two of our apps Pocket Black Hole and Strecth and Squash to mobile apps in time for the announcement of the first graviational wave detection. Many of the groups in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration used these apps during the public engagement activities around the event. We later published a mobile version of Space Time Quest and are now preparing Black Hole Master for mobile.
Website https://www.laserlabs.org/
 
Description Cutting edge science in the clas room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact RCUK funded event centered around engaging teachers with the cutting edge science we do in our research and how they can bring this knowledge into their classrooms. We hosted a dedicated event on gravitional waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A unified framework for improving quantum-limited detector sensitivity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a talk that I gave at Amaldi 12 Gravitational-Wave Conference held at Pasadena California. This is one of the largest international conference on gravity-related research. I talked about a unified framework for improving quantum-limited sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors. This is based upon the recent breakthrough understanding of fundamental quantum limit of detector sensitivity. The audiences showed great interests to the topic, and asked many detailed questions after the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://amaldi12.org
 
Description An interview by China Global Television Network 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On March 14, 2017, I was interviewed by China Global Television Network (formerly CCTV International) to comment on Steven Hawking's life and legacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzAvyDiFalw
 
Description Annual General Meeting of Federation of Astronomical Societies, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk on graviaitonal wave astronomy at the Annual General Meeting of Federation of Astronomical Societies, by Prof. Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Art Science Installation at Popular Music Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Description: 3-day art-science installation at the popular music festival "Lunar". A model gravitational wave detector was installed into the event with a poster explaining how the detector works and how this links to a performance later that day. There was an evening talk by model detector explaining how the detector followed by a performance of the Gravity Synth. Number of People: Attendee's: 7000, Gravitational Waves Talk: 30
Impact: 10 minutes of interesting questions, followed by hour an of informal discussion a group of teachers about bringing gravitational waves into the classroom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Astro In the City, March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Delivered a talk to the general public, got engaged in Q&A session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Astronomy in the City is our flagship outreach event. It's hosted about 5 times a year, advertised widely by the university in the city and region. Tickets are free and must be booked. We regularly have >100 attendees per event. Each event inlcudes a number of different activities, inlcuding a visit to the University's observatory, a talk by an expert and often hands-on exhibits. We make sure that the talks are related to our own STFC funded research and over the last 12 month gravitational waves and black holes have been the key feature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
 
Description Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public astronomy nights at the University of Birmingham, including talks about current hot topics in astronomy research, and the night sky next month, followed by visits to our Observatory and opportunities to observe the night sky, and hands on exhibits in case of bad weather.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
 
Description Big Bang @ LGS Science Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact All day science fair, open to all students and the general public at Leicester Grammer School. We set up our hands-on exhibits on gravitational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Cafe Scientific Pure Bar, Birmingham (thinktank science museum) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk by Dr Christopher Berry on 'The attraction of black holes '
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank/whats-on/cafe-scientifique
 
Description Cafe Scientifique at William Brookes School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk and workshop on gravitational waves searched for using ground based detectors and pulsar timing. The demonstrations included gravity / space-time, interferometers, gravitational lensing, atom trap and computer games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cambridge University Scientific Society, public talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Public talk On the discovery of gravitational waves: Black holes and revelations at Cambridge University Scientific Society, by Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.facebook.com/events/1863462817208678/
 
Description Catching the Wave: Gravitational Wave Exhibition at the Thinktank Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have developed and installed a long term exhibit on gravitational wave science based around a Michelson interferometer and custom exhibit software. This is now located in the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum (opened summer 2016). This was supported by grants from the Royal Astronomical Society and the STFC Small Award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2016/07/Birmingham's-role-in-gravitational-wave-detection-ce...
 
Description Cavalcando le onde gravitazionali a caccia di buchi neri e chissa' cos'altro 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Many questions and requests for further discussion and participation to events
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.mantovascienza.it/2017/09/15/cavalcando-le-onde-gravitazionali-a-caccia-di-buchi-neri-e-c...
 
Description Conditional Frequency Dependent Squeezing via EPR Entanglement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a talk given at the LSC-VIRGO Collaboration September Meeting in Geneva, where I presented an new idea of improving gravitational-wave detector sensitivity based upon quantum entanglement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Conditional frequency dependent squeezing via EPR entanglement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a talk that I gave at the largest annual meeting of LIGO Scientific Collaboration and VIRGO Collaboration which was held at CERN Geneva. I talked about a new idea of improving the quantum-limited sensitivity of advanced gravitational-wave detectors by using the famous Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen quantum entanglement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.et-gw.eu/index.php/news/119-lsc-virgo-meeting-2017
 
Description Design Concepts for High-Frequency Gravitational Wave Detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is an invited talk at the KITPC Workshop on Gravitational Waves 2018 in Beijing. The audiences are international colleagues in the gravitational-wave community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://2018gw.csp.escience.cn/
 
Description Educational computer games 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Development of two completely new computer games (Black Hole Pong) and gravitational wave detection (Space Time Quest). In the first year after its release Space Time Quest achieved 10,000 downloads and Black Hole Pong close to 5000

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

We received several commendation from policy makes and external scientists alike on the professional image that the magazine conveys about our collaboration. However, a detailed impact analysis has not been done.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.ligo.org/magazine/
 
Description Fundamental Quantum Limit of Gravitational-wave Detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a talk presented in the 9th Nottingham Symposium on Quantum Systems held by the University of Nottingham. The audiences are colleagues from the University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fundamental quantum limit of gravitational-wave detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is an invited talk that I gave at 9th Nottingham Symposium on Quantum Systems which was held in University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Girls in STEM - Size of Stars workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A local workshop for school students from year 9.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Girls in STEM, University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Organising and hosting a 'Grabitational Waves Workshop' for the Girls in STEM day at the University of Birmingham. Classes from two local school attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Gravitational wave demonstration project with Aston University Engineering Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact We are working with Aston University Engineering Academy, a local high school in Birmingham on a design and build project. The students are using CAD to design and build their own gravitational wave demonstration to show the merger of a binary system. This is a long term project with a group of A-level students and their physics teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description Gravitational-wave Astronomy and Quantum-limited Instruments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a talk given at Tianqin Research Centre in the Sun Yat-Sen University. I gave an overview of the research in our Insititute for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy at Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gravitational-wave astronomy and quantum-limited instruments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a talk that I gave at the Tianqin Research Centre in the Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU). It provided an overview of research activities of Birmingham Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy, and aimed at establishing collaborations between Birmingham and SYSU which hosts a strong gravitational-wave group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gravity Fields Festival, Grantham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Workshop at the national Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham on the gravitiational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.gravityfields.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10447
 
Description IOP Evening Lecture, University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public IOP Evening Lecture, University of Birmingham by Andreas Freise on "Gravitational waves, from detection to astronomy"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/physics/outreach/Secondary-Schools/IOPEveningLectures.aspx
 
Description IOP Evening Lecture, University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact IOP Evening Lecture, University of Nottingham, public talk on Gravitationl Wave Astronomy by Prof. Andreas Freise
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IOP Physics Big Day Out 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Contributed a talk and workshop for the IOP Physics Big Day Out - a day for school teachers to hear about science and get ideas of demonstrations possible in the classroom. We talked about gravitational waves and the first detection and demonstrated gravity, interferometers, gravitational lensing with the use of hands on demonstrations and free computer games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Interview by Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interviewed by The Guardian newspaper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/15/gravitational-waves-detected-from-collision-of-secon...
 
Description Interview by Science Studio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for Science Studio programme on KTEP radio station, Texas plus their podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ktep.org/post/science-studio-ligo
 
Description Interview for the breakthrough discovery of merging binary neutron stars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I was interviewed by the media of University of Birmingham to comment on the breakthrough discovery of binary neutron stars, which marks the dawn of multi-messenger astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2017/10/Scientists-celebrate-first-direct-observation-of-co...
 
Description Kings College Maxwell Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact talk sparked questions and discussions afterwards and organisers reported increased interest in the relate subject areas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Knowle Astronomical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Delivered a talk about gravitational waves. Got engaged in a long Q&A session afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors-Where Gravity Meets Quantum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I was invited to give a seminar on quantum aspects of laser interferometric gravitational wave detectors at the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs in the University of Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Marie-Curie training event about public engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a presentation to Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship holders about the development of a museum exhibit that was displayed at the Science and Technology museum of Birmingham (the Thinktank). The exhibit was developed over the course of 2 years, from seed concept to live display, and involved hardware, custom electronics, a software interface, and short videos that were integrated with an interactive display. My talk focussed on how continuing smaller-scale involvement with the Thinktank (through 'meet an expert' events and so forth) led to this larger involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meet the Expert at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A "Meet the Expert" day at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. People from the region visiting the museum can have a go at hands-on demonstrations explaining how gravitational wave detectors work, the bending of space-time in general relativity and gravitational lensing. They can also have a go at playing free apps and games developed by people in our Gravitational Wave Group (https://www.laserlabs.org/)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
 
Description Oxford University Student Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Oxford University Student Society, public talk by Prof Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participation to 'maker monday' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Maker Monday is an opportunity for collaboration between media experts and researchers, designed as a monthly event focused on combining the expertise of individuals in both arts and technology in a collaborative space. We provided a short talk introducing gravitational wave astronomy to a mostly technology/art interested audience. We used our art/science collaboration with Leon Trimble to introduce gravitational wave astronomy in the context of art and technology. The audience was very interested, questions included: the underlying technology behind gravitational wave astronomy, application of the technology and what astrophysics we can learn. Impact: Following this event, a teacher contacted us citing this event as inspiration for a school visit about python and gravitational waves. Additionally, the organiser of Maker Monday cited this talk as "the best Maker Monday talk ever" and won industry funding for the artist (Leon Trimble) to continue his interdisciplinary research on developing art from science equipment & inspired by science on a funded 2-year masters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bcu.ac.uk/business/steam/makermonday
 
Description Participation to Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PhD student Aaron Jones spoke at the annual atoms to galaxies pint of science event. This year as last featured a short section at the end including our collaboration with Leon Timble, who is an artist collaboration with us.
Intended goal: Share how the UK's involvement in the upgrades to LIGO over the past 20 years influenced the ability to detect the binary neutron star GW17081 with the General Public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation to Science Festival Gravity Fields 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Following the initial performance, we exhibited for a further three days as part of the science exhibit section of the performance. The Gravity Synth was placed alongside the Institutes in-house developed public engagement games Stretch and Squash, Space-Time Quest, Black Hole Master and Pocket Black Hole. Two 3rd year PhD students were on hand to discuss the institutes work, furthermore Artist Leon Trimble was continuously performing and engaging with members of the public, teaching them to 'play' the interferometer. Finally, the Institutes planetarium was used to house in-depth talks connecting a Y9 understanding of Gravity to the research undertaken by at the Institute.

The main aim of the exhibit was to expose new audiences to the Institute's research though play and performance. The secondary aim of the exhibit was to expose interested members of the public to our existing opportunities for public engagement with our research. Impact was measured by means of a questionnaire provided to all those who engaged with us for more than 10 minutes.

A total of 220 people attended the in-depth talks. The majority of people we spoke to (22/31) had heard of Gravitational Waves, with a much smaller fraction (8/30) having heard of the Gravitational Wave Observatory LIGO and an even smaller fraction (5/31) knowing that the University of Birmingham was involved in this research. After speaking to us, 10/28 correctly identified laserlabs.org as the place where we host our in-house public engagement apps out of a list of options with correct sounding answers. We spoke to around 300 people. Furthermore 12/31 people signed up to our Astronomy In the City mailing list, with several others indicating that distance was the only prohibitive factor. The total attendance was therefore 880 including the talks, Wednesday performance and interactive exhibit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation to public event: Future Everything Art-Science Crossover Performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We presented 40 minutes of gravitational wave inspired audiovisual performances accompanied by a 10 minute introduction to gravitational wave by two PhD students. This was alongside 2 other sets of audiovisual art.
Outcome: 5 interested artists exchanged contact details. These artists have now agreed to do a national tour showcasing art inspired by gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.futureeverything.org/events/future-sessions-launch-party/
 
Description Participation to workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact `Midland synth day' is an opportunity for midland musical synthesizer enthusiasts to meet, perform and discuss the latest ideas and technology. We attended as part of a collaboration on gravitational waves and synthesizers.
This was an opportunity to present the science of Gravitational Wave detection to a new audience of synthesizer enthusiasts. The underlying techniques of signal processing and control loops are common to both fields so this was an interesting crossover art-science engagement event. We attended as part of a collaboration exploring gravitational waves and audiovisual performance. We curated one of the three rooms and displayed visualizations of gravitational waves around the room with music inspired by gravitational waves and partially generated using optical interferometry. Experts were on hand to discuss the underlying science. Of around 300 attendees, 10-20 actively engaged and showed significant interest in science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk "Einstein's Last Quest" on gravitational waves as part of the Pint of Science nation-wide event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/
 
Description Planetarium Shows on - Galaxies: Home of a billion Suns 
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 As part of the Malvern Festival of Innovation we presented 8 30 minute planetarium shows were run for 8 different classes of students from local schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Prospects of Improving Detector at Low Frequencies and High Frequencies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is an invited talk given at the LSC-VIRGO Collaboration March Meeting in Sonoma State University, which is the largest annual meeting of the collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ligo.sonoma.edu/
 
Description Public engagement workshop on using interactive media and games 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We organised a series of (so far) two workshops which explores the use of games and interactive media for science outreach, using our own research on gravitational waves. The workshops were led by former PhD student Anna Green and Professor Andreas Freise, Deputy Director of the Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy and co-founder of Laser Labs. The session started with introductions to gravitational waves and to public engagement with research, and also included an interactive element as well as attendee participation to help feedback and build upon ideas already in place. While the Gravitational Waves group have now built up a small portfolio of apps, the main focus of the session was their latest game 'Black Hole Master'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public event with science demonstration: `Research at the Heart of Brum' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public event in the city centre of Birmingham to engage with the people in the region: 'On Saturday 6th October UoB researchers took over the main concourse at New Street Station from 11am-5pm. The event featured games, demos and hands-on activities to bring our amazing research to life.'
31 completed feedback forms were returned to us, and these, as well as analysis of the #HeartofBrum Twitter activity. For example, together, we had around 1,500 interactions with an estimated 800 members of the public and whilst the Teddies and Physics were the biggest hitters in terms of numbers, every single research group was mentioned and praised in the feedback I have so far. The interactivity of the activities and your enthusiasm were people's favourite aspects and we got an incredible overall rating of 9.4/10 (range 7-10). Of those we have responses from, only 48% of people had ever heard of UoB research, but 100% would come again.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public lecture (National Astronomy Meeting Schools Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Was invited to give a talk at the National Astronomy Meeting Schools Day 2016 to around 300 school-children (ages 16+).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.nam2016.org/public-and-schools-events/schools-and-teachers
 
Description Public lecture by Professor Cole Miller from the University of Maryland, USA, on the mysteries of black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture by Professor Cole Miller from the University of Maryland, USA, on the mysteries of black holes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-mysteries-of-black-holes-tickets-28772220486
 
Description Quantum Limits of Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a seminar given at Tsinghua State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Quantum Techniques in Laser interferometric Gravitational Wave Detectors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is a talk given at the Workshop on Quantum Sensors for Fundamental Physics held in Oxford. The audiences are colleagues from both quantum measurement and particle physics community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Raddical Sabbatical, Sarah Farmer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A new collaboration with an artist in residence, Sarah Farmer, at the University of Birmingham. The aim of the collaboration is to explore artistic explression related to the research effort around gravtiational wave astronomy. This activity has just started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Radio Interview, Burn FM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Interview with regional radion Burn FM on the discovery of gravitational waves with Prof. Andreas Freise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://howesthat.org.uk/radio-show/2016/11/6/show-4-space-week
 
Description Redditch Astro Society GW Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk at the Redditch astronomy society about the black holes discovered by Advanced LIGO in its first observing run and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Redditch Astro Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk by Dr Will Farr on Gravitional Wave Astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Regular public event: Astronomy in the City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Astronomy in the City is a series of free public events with talks covering astronomical highlights, recent research, and a Q&A followed by observatory trip, observing and demonstration on campus. All theses events are very well attended, typically all 150 tickets are sold out (tickets are free but must be booked). Dates since 2018 are 24.01.2018, 07.03.2018. 21.11.2018, 06.03.2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
 
Description School Visit, King Edward VI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School visit (Queensbridge) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I was invited to talk to around 50 secondary students (ages 14-16) about my research, the discovery of gravitational waves, choosing a career in science and studying at university. Feedback from teachers suggests it was very well received by students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Shrewsbury School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Delivered a talk. Had dinner to a selection of students interested in the topic and engaged in further discussion with them to inspire them to pursue the subject of Physics for their University studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Skeptics in the Pub, The Victoria, Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Skeptics in the Pub, The Victoria, Birmingham, informal talk and question and answer session on Graviaitonal Wave Astronomy with Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://birmingham.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/9128/Gravitational-Waves
 
Description Stratford-upon-Avon Astronomical Society, public talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public talk ' Einstein's gravity & the hunt for gravitational waves' by Dr Christopher Berry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.astro.org.uk/news/oct16/
 
Description TEDXWarwick 
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 One of the TEDX talks @ Warwick under the theme breaking boundaries. The talk sparkled many discussions and interactions with the public and other speakers about taking new and different approaches to problems in order to make progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.tedxwarwick.com
 
Description Talk about gravitational waves 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 50 adults with many different backgrounds got engaged in discussion on the topic, following the talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at IOP event. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at a regional IOP event in Worcester, on the recent discoveries by LIGO.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at University of Birmingham Research Conference Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at session 'Can Culture Change the World?' on the impact of the discovery of the discovery of gravitational waves. The session explored collaborations between academics, artists and creative practitioners which provide new and exciting opportunities to engage the public with research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk for school children at university residential summer school 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk for school children on GW astronomy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TedX Event in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We hosted an exhibition and gave a talk on the first detection of graviational waves at the locally organised TedX event in Birmingham. The local audience is 800. Following the philisophy of TED talks, the main aim was to produce a 12 minutes long video which spreads the topic way beyond the local audience. Our two messages were: you don't need to be Einstein to do interesting and impotant work, and sometimes it takes collaboration and dedication to discover new facts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description TedX talk, at the University of Birmingham, on the Gravity Synth and the processes of gravitational wave detection and developing art from science. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TedX a locally organised talks in the tradition and style of the original Ted talk, aiming at a high quality of content and production.

The talk inspired a number of questions about Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and requests for more information about LIGO during a separate lunchtime discussion group about space & the earth which were answered by members of the University Astronomical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The birth of gravitational wave astronomy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 100 people attended the talk that was followed by many questions and conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.atomfestival.org.uk/our-team/atom-2017/
 
Description Towards the Design of Gravitational-wave Detectors for Neutron-star Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a seminar given at Tsinghua University Centre for Astrophysics (THCA), where I reported a new design of gravitational-wave detector for probing neutron star physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Towards the design of gravitational-wave detectors for neutron-star physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a seminar that I gave at the Tsinghua University Centre for Astrophysics (THCA). It was about a new conceptual design of a gravitational-wave detector for probing new physics during the merger phase of binary neutron stars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Walsall astronomical society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Delivered talk about gravitational waves. Got asked a lot of questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, public lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wolverhampton Astronomical Society, public lecture by Prof Ilya Mandel on 'How do you look for black holes (and find them)?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Wordls Collide, collaboration with Leaon Trimble 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New collaboration wth audio-visual artist Leon Trimble. The aim of the collaboration is to explore artistic explression related to the research effort around gravtiational wave astronomy, in particular the visualisation and sonification of simulated and real gravitational wave detector activity and performance with cello, modular synthesiser and 360deg projection. This project has just started.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop at local schools `When Black Hole Collide?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Local science workshop at the University of Birmingham secondary tool. We organised a talk and hand-on activities around the topics of black holes and gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018