Solar and Planetary Research at Queen Mary 2017-2020

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Astronomy Unit

Abstract

We propose to undertake the following research projects.

i) We will use supercomputer simulations to examine the evolution of the solar wind - the
stream of charged particles that is constantly flowing from the Sun into our solar system.
In particular, we will examine why this wind develops turbulence as it flows through interplanetary
space, and how this turbulence heats the solar wind.
ii) We will use supercomputer simulations to examine the low density but very high temperature
gas that lies above the Sun's surface - the solar corona. In particular, we want to understand how
magnetic field lines change their topology and release energy into the surrounding plasma by the
process known as reconnection.
iii) We will analyse images from the Cassini spacecraft that is currently orbiting Saturn, to
examine how Saturn's moons interact with and disturb Saturn's system of rings. We are
particularly interested in the F ring which lies near the outer edge of the ring system, and is
regularly disturbed by two satellites, Prometheus and Pandora. We are also interested
in the A-ring, which appears to form long-lived clumps or moon-lets that are able to migrate
through the system. Finally, using accurate images of the Saturnian satellites, we will track their
motion and measure the rate at which tidal energy is dissipated within Saturn.
iv) We will attempt to understand more about the formation of the planet Mars. It is believed
that the four inner planets of our solar system formed from collisions between smaller bodies
that built the planets, and we will use computer simulations to examine this process. We will
examine whether a collision can explain why Mars has a crust that is thicker in the southern
hemisphere than in the north, and we will examine the formation of the satellites of Mars.

Planned Impact

The research proposed in this application is largely concerned with basic
scientific inquiry, and so in general it will not have high potential for
immediate economic or real world impact. The primary impact of the research
will be in the cultural sphere, as the research will increase the sum total of
human knowledge about the solar system and its constituents, and will therefore
enhance the sense of wonder about the world that we live in for the general public.
Our research in areas such as the Saturn system, space weather, and the origin of
the terrestrial planets in the Solar System all have strong public appeal and interest.

The Astronomy Unit has an active programme of public engagement and
schools outreach, both to inform and engage the general public about our
research, and to also inspire school pupils to become interested in science
and to take STEM subjects post-GCSE. These engagement programmes
include giving public talks, having open days and evenings at the university
(e.g. Stargazing Live! events etc), and a range of media work that includes
TV and radio interviews. Our schools outreach programmes include summer schools,
essay writing competitions (i.e. Cassini Scientist for a Day), going into schools
to give talks and provide hands-on activities. In doing this we are explicitly supporting
the STEM agenda through our research, which is a key government policy for building
long term economic growth.

A new initiative involves a collaboration with the Royal Observatory Greenwich. As part of
our collaboration on satellite astrometry with the IMCCE group at the Paris Observatory we
intend to facilitate the digital scanning of plates from the Royal Greenwich Observatory
archive, owned by the STFC and stored at an annexe of the Bodleian Library in Swindon.
Plates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be scanned at a newly-built facility
in Paris and used with data from the GAIA catalogue to improve our knowledge of the
long-term behaviour of satellite orbits and hence planetary interiors. This research is of
interest to the ROG because of the educational opportunities it brings. A Letter of Support
from the Dr Kevin Fewster (Director of the Royal Museums Greenwich) is included as an
attachment.

Our proposed programme of research includes work on the solar wind and the energetics
of the solar corona, and this research relates directly to Space Weather. As such, there
may be real world applications of this research in predicting coronal mass ejections and
their impacts on human activities such as satellite protection, human spaceflight etc. This
is a motivating factor in pursuing this research, and the Astronomy Unit will be alert to any
opportunities for finding real world applications of this research.

Other areas of our research that may have applications outside of the academic sphere
include high performance computing and the development of advanced computer codes
and algorithms, and in advanced techniques in data analysis. Again, we will be alert to any
opportunities that may arise in finding real world or commercial applications of this work.

Finally, the posdoctoral staff that we will employ on the grant will receive training and
experience in a variety of skills that will be of great benefit to the wider economy if
they at some stage leave academia and work in industry or the commercial sector.
These skills include advanced computing and data analysis, independent problem
solving, project management, report writing through authorship of scientific
publications, and presentation skills obtained from conference attendance etc.

Publications

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Title Worked by Yazz Ahmed who composed a pice "Saturn" for The Planets 2018 subsequently performed by the Ligeti Quartet at planetaria around the country. 
Description I worked with composer Yazz Ahmed who created a piece on "Saturn" for The Planets 2018 performed by The Ligeti Quartet at various planetaria around the country. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact I worked with composer Yazz Ahmed who created a piece on "Saturn" for The Planets 2018 performed by The Ligeti Quartet at various planetaria around the country. I also attended the performance at Winchester Planetarium, answered questions and talked about Saturn. 
URL https://www.sounduk.net/events/planets-2018/
 
Description Membership of the Encelade Working Group 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The QMUL group has contributed reduced Cassini astrometric data to the Encelade collaboration. We have also calculated satellite ephemerides for the Saturnian satellites as part of the project to determine the internal structure of Saturn and its moons.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners contributed historical data as well as providing revised satellite ephemerides for the Saturnian system.
Impact The outputs are not multi-disclinpary. There have been several publications resulting from this collaboration during the time period of the award: "New constraints on Saturn's interior from Cassini astrometric data" 2017Icar..281..286L "The Caviar software package for the astrometric reduction of Cassini ISS images: description and examples" 2018A&A...610A...2C "Interior properties of the inner Saturnian moons from space astrometry data" 2019Icar..326...48L The collaboration is on-going and further publications are in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Membership of the Encelade Working Group 
Organisation Observatory of Paris
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The QMUL group has contributed reduced Cassini astrometric data to the Encelade collaboration. We have also calculated satellite ephemerides for the Saturnian satellites as part of the project to determine the internal structure of Saturn and its moons.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners contributed historical data as well as providing revised satellite ephemerides for the Saturnian system.
Impact The outputs are not multi-disclinpary. There have been several publications resulting from this collaboration during the time period of the award: "New constraints on Saturn's interior from Cassini astrometric data" 2017Icar..281..286L "The Caviar software package for the astrometric reduction of Cassini ISS images: description and examples" 2018A&A...610A...2C "Interior properties of the inner Saturnian moons from space astrometry data" 2019Icar..326...48L The collaboration is on-going and further publications are in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Title CAVIAR - A software package for astrometric reduction of Cassini ISS images 
Description Caviar is a software package designed for the astrometric measurement of natural satellite positions in images taken using the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) of the Cassini spacecraft. Although it is written in IDL, the Caviar package itself is in the public domain. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact This is the released form of the package that has been used at QMUL for more than a decade. The original QMUL version was a command line version but the released version now has a proper GUI and uses web access to star catalogues. The package makes use of JPL's SPICE libraries. 
URL https://www.imcce.fr/content/medias/recherche/equipes/pegase/img/caviar/Cooper_Caviar_2018.pdf
 
Description A live interview on BBC World Service talking about the Cassini Grand Finale 
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 This was a live interview on BBC World service talking about the end of the Cassini mission on 15 September 2017. The audience is usually tens of millions of listeners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A talk on Cassini to a selection of pupils from Ravens Wood School, Bromley, Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a talk during Science Week to a large cross section of pupils from the Ravens Wood School describing the Cassini mission and my involvement in it as well as astronomy as a career. The talk was well received and I have been invited back in 2020 to repeat the same talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Appearances in BBC2 series, The Planets: Inside the Planets, Episode 4, June 2019 
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 Appearance in BBC2 series, The Planets: Inside the Planets, Episode 4, June 2019. The series was presented by Brian Cox in the and was shown around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qj348
 
Description Attended the Encelade Working Group meeting at the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting took place at ISSI between 26 and 28 February 2018. I gave a presentation on object "Peggy" discovered the edge of the A ring but there were other talks and round table discussions about future directions of research and unsolved problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Christmas Lecture at the Royal Observatory Greenwich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was specially invited talk which took place at the Greenwich Planetarium on the ROG site on 9 December 2017. The audience had a wide range of backgrounds but seemed to enjoy the lecture and the fact that UK scientists were involved in the mission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute of Physics Talk on Cassini at the University of Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IoP talk given to the local group at the University of Kent, Canterbury on 5 December 2017. As well as IoP members there were students and pupils from local schools in the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview for BBC Horizon documentary about Cassini's ring discoveries. 
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 This was a location interview in Iceland talking about the Cassini discoveries on ring science. The programme was broadcast on 18 September 2017 and was very well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b095vp3p
 
Description Interview on BBC World programme talking about the end of the Cassini mission as one of the scientific highlights of 2017. 
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 Interview on BBC World programme talking about the end of the Cassini mission as one of the scientific highlights of 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interviewed about Cassini by Adam Rutherford for BBC Radio 4 Inside Science programme 
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 This was an interview about the Cassini Grand Finale recorded via an ISDN link from a studio in Caltech. It concerned the ring science done with Cassini and my thoughts about the end of the mission. The programme was broadcast on 14 September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b093104w
 
Description Invited talk at "Planets, Stars and Discs", a conference in honour of John Papaloizou's 70th birthday 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk on ring results from Cassini images.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk on "Peggy" object at EPSC meeting, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at EPSC meeting. Considerable interest from international ring community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2018/EPSC2018-177.pdf
 
Description Live interview of BBC Radio Scotland 
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 This was a live interview on 27 April 2017 about the Grand Finale part of the Cassini Mission. The audience was probably several hundred thousand listeners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Live interview on BBC Radio 4 Today programme 
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 I was interviewed by John Humphrys about the Grand Finale of the Cassini Mission which started on 27 April. This was a live interview and the programme has weekly audience of 7 million listeners. The interview sparked intense interest from other media (including for media interviews at the mission's end in September 2017) as well as requests for more information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Live interview on BBC World News talking about new moons of Saturn 
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 Live interview on BBC World News talking about the discovery of new moons of Saturn, 8 October 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Live interview on BBC World Service 
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 This was a live interview on the BBC World Service on 27 April 2017. I talked about the Grand Finale of the Cassini Mission. The likely audience was tens of millions of listeners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Live interview on ITV Good Morning Britain programme talking about the imminent end of the Cassini mission. 
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 This was a live interview on the popular ITV Good Morning Britain programme on 15 September 2017 talking about the imminent end of Cassini and its discoveries. There was a lot of reaction from members of the public and colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY9E2_Db7cY
 
Description Participation in Space Boffins podcast talking about Voyager and Cassini 
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 I was a studio guest talking about my memories of Voyager (for the 40th anniversary of the launch) and the Cassini mission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/astronomy-podcasts/extraterrestrial-humans
 
Description Poster presentation at annual EGU meeting in Vienna 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a poster talk at the 2018 EGU meeting in Vienna. The talk was about the object, "Peggy", detected at the edge of Saturn's A ring. The talk drew interest from attendees, mostly undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as professional planetary scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-6093.pdf
 
Description QMUL School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a colloquium talk on 27 October about Cassini to students and staff from the School of Physics & Astronomy. I emphasised the role played by the QUL Cassini group in the mission and many members of the audience thanked me afterwards for highlighting this aspect of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recorded TV Interview for Channel 5 News 
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 This was a recorded interview about the Cassini Grand Finale start on 27 April for ITN and broadcast on Channel 5 News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recorded TV Interview for ITV News 
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 This was an extended recorded interview at ITN on 27 April 2017 about the Cassini Grand Finale orbits and was broadcast on the ITV Evening News with an audience of several million viewers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recorded TV interview for BBC News at One 
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 This was a new item presented by Rebecca Morelle about the Cassini Grand Finale on 27 April 2017. BBC News at One has a viewing audience of around 3 million. The item generated a lot of additional interest from the media and the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recorded interview for Radio 4 Today programme talking about demise of Cassini 
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 This was recorded interview for the Today programme broadcast on the morning of 15 September 2017 just before the end of the mission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Recorded interview via Skype for Channel 5 News talking about Cassini Grand Finale 
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 This was a recorded interview on 14 September 2017 (using Skype) by Channel 5 News talking about the Grand Finale of the Cassini mission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Smalley Lecture given at LVS School in Ascot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was an invited talk to the Licensed Vintners Society school in Ascot on 16 November 2017. I talked about the Cassini mission and chatted with pupils, parents and staff afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk about Cassini at Ravens Wood School, Orpington, Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk about the Cassini mission and my involvement in it to variety of classes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk about Cassini to Lister Community School in Plaistow, East London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a talk on Cassini to pupils taking triple science GCSEs at Lister Community School, Plaistow, East London on 28 September 2017. The teachers remarked that many of the pupils commented afterwards that they could now see different career possibilities in science rather than just parental expectations of being doctors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/listerschool/status/913379558405091328?lang=en
 
Description Talk at Cassini Symposium, Boulder, Colorado 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk on the structure of the F ring. Considerable interest from other ring scientists and Cassini people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Guildford High School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk about the Cassini Mission. The talk was arranged through the Speakers for Schools organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Shire Oak Academy, Walsall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on Cassin to pupils at Shire Oak Academy, Walsall. The talk was arranged by Speakers 4 Schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a talk about Cassini to general science pupils at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School in Gravesend. The talk was arranged by Speakers 4 Schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Stargazing Live event at Queen Mary 
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 about the Cassini Mission as part of BBC Stargazing Live local event at QMUL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at Wilson's School, Wallington, as part of their Maths Circle series of lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a talk to sixth formers about the uses of mathematics in astronomy research with particular application to the Cassini mission. Pupils from several neighbouring schools attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Winchester Planetarium as part of The Planets 2018 musical performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I participated in The Planets 2018 project where composers re-imagined the music of The Planets. I worked with the composer Yazz Ahmed on her Saturn composition. The Ligeti Quartet performed all the pieces in planetaria at Greenwich, Winchester, Bristol and Birmingham. I helped to introduce the performance at Winchester. The audience were impressed with the end result.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sounduk.net/events/planets-2018/
 
Description Talk on Cassini to Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society, Somerset 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A general talk about the Cassini mission and my role in it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on Cassini to Loughton 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 This was my third talk to the Loughton Astronomical Society and it took place on 12 October 2017. The audience was appreciative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk on Cassini to Mid-Kent Astronomical Society, Chatham, Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk about the Cassini mission and my role in it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on Cassini to North Essex Astronomical Society, Witham, Essex 
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 on the Cassini mission and my role in it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on Cassini to the Hertford Astronomy Group 
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 on the Cassini mission and my role in it to the Hertford Astronomy Group, Welwyn Garden City.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk on Cassini to the Institute of Physics (Hereford & Worcester branch) and Worcester 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 Talk on the Cassini mission and my role in it to the Institute of Physics (Hereford & Worcester Branch) and the Worcester Astronomical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk on the exploration of the Saturn system at UCL Space Week 
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 Talk on the exploration of the Saturn system as part of UCL Space Week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk to Astronomy Ireland at Trinity College Dublin 
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 Ireland is a large organisation popularising astronomy in Ireland. I have given two talks to them before, both about Cassini. This one, on 11 December 2017, was well attended with a lot of local interest. I was subsequently invited to give a talk to the Irish Astronomical Association in Belfast in January 2018 as another speaker had pulled out.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.astronomy.ie/lecture201712.php
 
Description Talk to CafĂ© Scientifique, Harpenden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was talk about the Cassini mission to a lay audience in a pub in Harpenden.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Croydon 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 This was a talk on the Cassini Mission given to the amateur astronomers at Croydon Astronomical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Eastbourne 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 An extended talk about Cassini to members of the Eastbourne Astronomical Society on 11 November 2017. Lots of audience members, including some undergraduate students, told me afterwards that they were unaware of the extent of UK involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Federation of Astronomical Societies Annual Meeting at the University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was one of several talks to delegates attending the AGM of the Federation of Astronomical Societies at the University of Birmingham on 30 September 2017. I gave a Cassini talk and this resulted in several subsequent invitations to talk to local astronomical societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Foredown Tower Astronomers, near Brighton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk about the Cassini Mission to the amateurs at Foredown Tower Astronomers, Brighton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Hampstead Garden Suburb 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 This was my third talk on Cassini to the HGS Astronomical Society and took place on 31 January 2018. They are a small but very appreciative society who are always enthusiastic. Schholpupils and undergraduate students were also present and many asked questions afterwards about careers win astronomy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Irish Astronomical Association, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was arranged at short notice and took place on 24 January 2018 in the School of Maths and Physics at Queens University, Belfast. The audience came from a wide spectrum of people interested in astronomy and it was a pleasure to talk to people from my hometown. One audience member was a child with severe autism who was now fascinated by space and spoke his first words while watching a rocket countdown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://irishastro.org/node/204
 
Description Talk to Manchester and Area Institute of Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk on Cassini to members of the Manchester and area IP group along with schools associated to the group. Audience were 50:50 between physicists and sixth form pupils. Very positive reaction and realisation the UK involvement in Cassini was extensive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk to Maths Circle, Wilson's School, Wallington, Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk about Cassini to Maths Circle, Wilson's School, Wallington, Surrey. There were sixth form pupils from several local schools present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk to Orpington 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 Talk on the Cassini mission to the amateur astronomers belonging to Orpington Astronomical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Stratford Unitarian Church, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a Cassini talk to members of the congregation of the Stratford Unitarian Church on 7 January 2018. The audience are very receptive to these types of talks and always ask very good questions. I have spoken to them on an almost annual basis for perhaps 10 years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Stratford Upon Avon 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 Cassini talk to a local astronomical society. Increased interest in the project and UK involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to 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 A talk on Cassini to Walsall Astronomical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to Worthing 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 This was a Cassini talk to Worthing Astronomical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to amateurs attending BAA Weekend Away, Winchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The British Astronomical Association's Weekend Away is an annual gathering of BAA members from across the UK. I gave a talk on the Cassini mission. There was an increased interest in the mission and the talk results in additional requests to give talks from the local astronomical societies attending.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to science pupils at Bancroft's School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a talk about the Cassini Mission given to pupils doing science subjects at GCSE and A level at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society at Greenwich 
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 about Cassini to the Flamsteed Astronomy Society, Greenwich on 8 May 2017. This is an appreciative audience of amateur astronomers who were very enthused by the talk. This was the 4th talk on Cassini I have given to the group over the years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/cassini-saturn-end-nigh
 
Description Talks to classes at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks about Cassini to three primary school classes at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, Crewe. The school was having two weeks of space-related activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual talk about Cassini to Bournemouth Natural Science 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 Virtual talk (via Zoom) about Cassini to members of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Virtual talk about Cassini to Weymouth Astronomy Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Virtual talk (via Zoom) about Cassini to Weymouth Astronomy Club
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Whole School Talk to pupils of East London Science School at Royal Geographical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Annual science lecture to the entire school. I talked about Cassini and the pupils (and staff) were particularly interested that a local scientist was involved in this work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019