Revealing the Structure of the Universe: From Extreme Gravity to Exoplanets

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

Abstract

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

Confronting inflationary scenarios: The standard inflationary paradigm, in which the observed galaxies and other large-scale structure originated from quantum fluctuations in the early universe, is now being probed with increasing precision using Planck satellite and galaxy survey data. We will develop robust predictions from inflationary models and test these with a detailed statistical analysis of huge galaxy surveys and cosmic microwave maps. We will also advance our understanding of gravitational collapse to more precisely predict the distribution of galaxies in our Universe.

Scalar fields in the universe: from theory to observation: We will explore how astronomical observations can provide new information about fundamental physics. In particular, we will investigate whether there is astronomical evidence for additional scalar fields in the Universe which might lead to significant modifications to Einstein's theory of general relativity or other signatures. We will perform N-body simulations of clusters of galaxies to make precise observational predictions.

Black Holes and Gravitational Physics: Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime which form when black holes or neutron stars merge or in the supernova explosion of stars. They propagate across the universe at the speed of light and will enable us to view the universe in a qualitatively new way with gravitational wave detectors, like Advanced LIGO which are currently listening for these signals. We will study numerically and analytically the stability of black holes and the shape of their gravitational wave signals to help in this search.

Dynamics of Accretion Discs: Gaseous discs around young stars and black holes are ubiquitous in the Universe and drive some of its most fascinating and important processes. Of these this project addresses: warping of discs around black holes and in binary star systems, the great outbursts of energy that characterise nascent stellar systems and dwarf novae, and high-frequency oscillations from luminous discs around black holes. The thread linking these diverse phenomena is turbulence and magnetic fields in the gas, which we study through large-scale numerical simulations.

Formation, Evolution and Dynamics of Exoplanets: Planets are formed in dusty gaseous discs around young stars. We will study the properties of giant vortices in which solid material may be accumulated, examine the growth of newly formed planets as they accrete gas from the surrounding disc, discover how planets are heated by waves in the surrounding disc, and quantify the interactions between planets and their neighbours.

Tidal Interactions of Planets, Stars and Discs: We will study the long-term evolution of extrasolar planetary systems through their tidal interactions with the central star, which affect the spin and orbital motion and can cause planets to swell, migrate inwards and even be destroyed. We will also study the gravitational interactions of planets with the protoplanetary disc, which can generate large waves, cause elliptical motion or completely truncate the disc.

Planned Impact

Our researchers have followed an established path to high impact with societal and economic benefits over many years. The beneficiaries of our societal impacts are school students, teachers, and the public. The beneficiaries of our economic impacts are creative industries and high-performance computing (HPC) companies over the 3yr grant. Our impacts improve cultural life and economically benefit technical industries. They attract students into A-level physics and university course. Our societal impacts are vital for the continuing government support of our science. We are all, directly or indirectly, the beneficiaries of the specific societal impacts that our grant investigators contribute.
Hawking makes the largest public impact of any scientist worldwide. He attracts huge audiences. Highlights are his book The Grand Design, and TV series Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. His impact at international level is shown by the US Presidential Medal of Science, and role as narrator in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony (> 11M UK viewers). He is giving the 2016 BBC Reith Lectures on Black Holes and is on the cover of the 23/1/16 Radio Times. More than 58,000 requests were made for 300 seats at the recordings. Hawking's books ( > 10M copies sold of A Brief History of Time and 1.4M of The Grand Design) and TV programmes (> 900,000 viewers of C4's Genius of Britain Hawking episode) contribute economic benefits to the UK through sales, foreign rights and syndication.
Barrow does major outreach work in cosmology for schools and the public. He was President of the BSA Mathematics section and gave the '100 Years of General Relativity' lecture at the BSA in 2015 and a webcast public talk at QMU's GR Centenary Meeting on 28/11/15. He gives ~25 cosmology lectures p.a. to schools and the public, including 2015 Science Festivals in Keswick, Bradford (x2), Cambridge, Turku, Orlando, Milan, Genoa, Rome, London and Valencia. His 22 books are in 28 languages and sales deliver UK economic benefit. Barrow also directs the Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP). Its Plus e-magazine (www.plus.maths.org) has huge impact (>1.8M visitors and 3M page-views p.a). It regularly features our research areas; eg https://plus.maths.org/content/search/node/cosmology https://plus.maths.org/content/search/node/planets.
Davis is a Gender Equality Champion for STEMM and recently talked on Gender Equality as a working cosmologist at the Valencia Conference on Gender and Science. She has important impact on schools and educators.
The Astrophysics group works on exoplanets (Projects 4-6). There will be major public impact in this area. We will work through the new Cambridge Exoplanet Centre, which has funds allocated for impact, with the Cambridge Science Festival, MMP, Naked Scientists, the Cambridge Science Centre, and Guerilla Science.
The Relativity group runs the COSMOS Supercomputer as part of the wider STFC DiRAC HPC Facility. It makes substantial economic and industrial impact in the HPC world. COSMOS received Intel Parallel Computing Centre (IPCC) status in 2014, joining an elite group of international HPC centres. This reflects a substantial 10-yr collaboration with Intel and SGI (see letters of support), recognised by the 2015 HPCwire Award. With SGI we co-designed the COSMOS UV2000 system for the 2012 DiRAC procurement. A tangible outcome was the new physical housing for the Xeon Phi in the system, called "MG-blade", now used in SGI UV2000 & UV3000 worldwide. The COSMOS IPCC worked with Intel's OSPRay team to create new visualisation capabilities that were publically demonstrated at ISC2015 with Planck bispectrum data. A later OSPRay demo at SC2015 with SGI+Intel showed real-time remote analysis of a huge 10TB domain wall simulation. Our chapter (Nested Parallelism in Practice) in High Performance Parallelism Pearls, the standard text, received the prestigious HPCwire 2015 Readers' Choice Award for "Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics".

Publications

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

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

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Achúcarro A (2019) Cosmological evolution of semilocal string networks. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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

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Akarsu Ö (2019) Screening $$\Lambda $$? in a new modified gravity model in The European Physical Journal C

 
Description Extreme Gravity and Gravitational Waves
Amount £0 (GBP)
Funding ID STFC DiRAC Grant No. ACTP 186 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2022
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes
Amount $48,207 (USD)
Funding ID NSF-XSEDE Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes
Amount $50,497 (USD)
Funding ID NSF-XSEDE Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description High energy grazing collisions of black holes
Amount $23,880 (USD)
Funding ID NSF-XSEDE Grant No. PHY-090003 
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Homerton College Junior Research Fellowship
Amount £99,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Cambridge 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2020 
End 09/2024
 
Description Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 24 observing time
Amount $0 (USD)
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Probing fundamental physics with gravity
Amount € 1 (EUR)
Funding ID RACE grant Tier-0 PPFPWG 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2016 
End 11/2017
 
Description CEA Saclay 
Organisation University of Paris-Saclay
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution An ongoing collaborations with a few publications per year.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact Publications.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Chile / Leiden 
Organisation Leiden University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In December 2017, Professor Anne Davis began a new collaboration with Ana Achucarro at Leiden and Gonzalo Palma at the University of Chile.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One publication so far, significant other publications in progress
Start Year 2018
 
Description Chile / Leiden 
Organisation University of Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In December 2017, Professor Anne Davis began a new collaboration with Ana Achucarro at Leiden and Gonzalo Palma at the University of Chile.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One publication so far, significant other publications in progress
Start Year 2018
 
Description Durham 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Anne David collaborated with Ruth Gregory, resulting in two papers, and with Ana Achucarro and Gonzalo Palma, resulting in one paper.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact Three papers
Start Year 2019
 
Description Intel 
Organisation Intel Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A three-month internship by Amelia Drew at Intel Corporation in California which resulted in the publication of one paper.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact The details of the paper can be found here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.01933
Start Year 2019
 
Description Nottingham 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration between one professor in Cambridge and one in Nottingham, resulting in the publication of one paper.
Collaborator Contribution See above.
Impact One paper.
Start Year 2017
 
Description PLUTO 
Organisation University of Grenoble
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Development and improvements of the self-gravity module for the astrophysical code PLUTO. Development of a bi-fluid code (dust/gas) for PLUTO. Development of a global self-similar code for the study of MHD winds in discs.
Collaborator Contribution As above.
Impact 3D High resolution simulations of self-gravitating discs in a magnetic environment. Study of the interaction between magnetorotational (MRI) and gravitational instability (GI) in discs + dynamo driven by GI. Simulations of spiral waves and GI in discs and connection with observations.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Simons Observatory 
Organisation Simons Observatory
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Blake Sherwin has served as co-lead of the lensing working group. They have performed key forecasts for inflationary gravitational wave constraints, neutrino masses, and dark energy that have allowed for an optimization of the experiment design.
Collaborator Contribution The collaboration partners have made an enormous amount of progress in completing a significant fraction of the experiment design, resulting in the start of construction.
Impact They have begun construction of parts of the telescope following completion of much of the optics design. A paper summarizing their work thus far is in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Title Code supporting "Local, algebraic simplifications of Gaussian random fields" 
Description This Mathematica notebook accompanies the paper "Local, algebraic simplifications of Gaussian random fields" by Theodor Bjorkmo and M. C. David Marsh. It can be used to 1) generate Gaussian random fields (with a square exponential covariance function) through a local Taylor expansion; 2) constrain the hyperparameters of the covariance function given training data in the form of such Taylor coefficients. The script is commented throughout. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
 
Description 2017 Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 25 March 2017, postdocs, students and HPC staff of the Stephen Hawking Center for Theoretical Cosmology participated in the open day held at the Center for Mathematical Sciences in connection with the Cambridge Science Festival. The group presented the public with outreach posters on the basics of cosmology and gravitational waves as well as videos and posters on current research highlights in these two subject areas. One of the highlights of this exhibition was a video visualisation of a GRchombo simulation of colliding black holes. The visitors were also able to tour the group's HPC facilities and the Cosmos supercomputer. For our small visitors, we prepared some games to explain the expansion of the Universe and the origami-like formation of filaments and clusters in Large-Scale Structure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In July 2018, Dr Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk entitled "Gravitational Waves Source Modeling" as part of the 2nd Institute of Space Sciences Summer School in Barcelona.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ice.csic.es/indico/event/9/
 
Description 54th Recontres de Moriond Gravitation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nathan Johnson-McDaniel gave an invited talk entitled "Tests of GR with the binary black hole signals from the LIGO-Virgo Catalog GWTC-1," as one of the lead editors of the paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://moriond.in2p3.fr/2019/Gravitation/
 
Description 6th form talk (Chelmsford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact October 2017: Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk to a 6th form college in Chelmsford. Subject: The direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and the insights already obtained from this new window on the Universe as well as the enormous potential for our search for answers to the most profound questions in astrophysics and fundamental physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description A*STAR Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow gave an invited talk in the Agency for Science,Technology and Research series Chronicles of Time, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore in Feb. 2017. It included a live and web audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Amazonian High Studies School in Theoretical Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk and a course to Brazilian students at this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.ppgf.eventos.ufpa.br/IIahsstp2019/index.html
 
Description Beyond 19, Warsaw 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Anne-Christine Davis was a plenary speaker at this conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://indico.cern.ch/event/778333/
 
Description Black Holes, Quantum Information, Entanglement and All That 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Carroll Symmetry, Gravitational Memory and Soft Gravitons" at the conference "Black Holes, Quantum Information, Entanglement and All That", Institut des Hautes Edudes, University of Paris Saclay, Bures sur Ivette, France, 29 May - 1 June 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.math.cnrs.fr/event/2273/
 
Description Black hole interiors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "Black hole interiors and the strong cosmic censorship conjecture in general relativity, I, II, III" as part of the workshop "The Role of Metrics in the Theory of Partial Differential Equations", Sapporo, Japan, July 3, 4 and 6, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brief Answers to Big Questions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professors Malcolm Perry and Paul Shellard were expert panel members for the book launch of "Brief Answers to Big Questions", the last book written by the late Professor Stephen Hawking. Malcom Perry undertook this at the Science Museum in London 15th October 2018, while Paul Shellard helped launch at the Stephen Hawking House at Gonville and Caius College on 17th October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cambridge 41 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 12 September 2018, Professor Harvey Reall gave an after-dinner talk on black holes to the Cambridge 41 Club, a local charity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Circolo Filologico Milanese 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 28 May 2018, John Barrow gave a talk to the Circolo Filologico Milanese entitled "Our place in the Universe".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Comenius 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave two lectures (March and September) to the Comenius travelling university programme of science talks to leading opinion makers, business and university leaders held at King's College, Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Comenius 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave two lectures in 2018 to the Comenius travelling university programme of science talks to leading opinion makers, business and university leaders held at King's College, Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Comenius 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave a lecture in 2019 to the Comenius travelling university programme of science talks to leading opinion makers, business and university leaders held in Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Corfuland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Michalis Agathos gave an interview with a popular Corfu online publication about the detection of gravitational waves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.corfuland.gr/el/diafora/kerkyra/mixalis-agathos-o-kerkyraios-epistimonas-poy-ksexorise-to...
 
Description Cosmology and Big Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 14 May 2018, Dr James Fergusson gave a public talk for Pint of Science entitled "Cosmology and Big Data".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/big-data-and-scientific-research
 
Description DARKMOD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis was a plenary speaker at the four-week workshop "Dark Energy and Modified-Gravity cosmologies: DARKMOD". The event covered most aspects of both dark energy and modified gravity, from their theoretical construction to their link with observational cosmology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.fnal.gov/event/14125/
 
Description Dark Energy in the Laboratory 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis was the opening plenary speaker at the Lorentz Center Workshop on Dark Energy in the Laboratory in November 2017. Her talk was entitled "Dark energy in a nutshell - an overview."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2017/951/info.php3?wsid=951
 
Description Discovery programme 
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 Stephen Hawking was one of the best-known scientists of his generation. In addition to his visionary contributions to our understanding of black holes and the early universe, he reached millions of people, communicating his research through public lectures, books, TV and film, social media and digital applications - stimulating public interest and understanding of fundamental scientific research.

In 2017 the CTC held a public symposium to mark Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday. The public lecture he gave was livestreamed by Discovery Science on its YouTube and Facebook pages and reached over five million people worldwide. In the lecture, Professor Hawking reflected on his life and career, weaving together his personal stories and scientific discoveries. The symposium also featured talks by Brian Cox, Gabriela González and Martin Rees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hotwr3uUUD4

The enormous success of the event inspired CTC and Discovery to collaborate on a new project, producing science content for Discovery Channel youth initiatives and social media websites. The project has since grown considerably in breadth and ambition - thanks partly to generous funding from the Kavli Foundation for science editorial and technical support - to include an extended video documentary series consisting of 26 short episodes to be made available via Discovery's new video on demand (VOD) streaming service. It is an exciting opportunity for CTC researchers to share their work with a global audience.

The filming has taken place (undertaken by the production team Navada Studios) in locations within the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (home of the CTC), the Kavli Institute and the Institute of Astronomy, and we were pleased that it was possible to film some footage of the KICC 10th Anniversary Symposium.

The series is split into two halves: gravity and cosmology. The gravity episodes cover general relativity, modified theories of gravity, black holes, gravitational waves, cosmic strings, as well as Stephen Hawking's work on black holes, Hawking radiation and the information paradox. The contributors for these episodes were Ulrich Sperhake, Harvey Reall, Michalis Agathos, Amelia Drew, Jorge Santos, Miren Radia and Felicity Eperon.

The cosmology episodes cover the expanding universe and the Big Bang, the CMB, inflation and the seeds of structure, dark matter and the ingredients of the universe, quantum gravity, B-modes in the CMB and non-Gaussianity. The contributors for these episodes are Blake Sherwin, Enrico Pajer, Fran Day, Sadra Jazayeri, Cora Uhlemann, Omar Darwish and James Fergusson. The final episode of the series will feature interviews with Paul Shellard and Roberto Maiolini to recap material and highlight the vision of the CTC and KICC.

The release date is yet to be confirmed by Discovery but we hope that the initial episodes in the series will be available within the next few months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Eddington at Sundy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ulrich Sperhake was an invited speaker at this conference, giving a talk entitled "Numerical Relativity: From the Holy Grail to New Horizons."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://science.esundy.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/en/
 
Description Ehrenfest Colloquium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne-Christine Davis gave a talk at this colloquium at the University of Leiden entitled "The accelerating universe." This is a historical colloquium and she was only the second female speaker and the first for many years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Fairness in Sports and Games 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John Barrow gave the introductory talk at a workshop entitled "Fairness in Sports and Games" at King's College London on 5 June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.kcl.ac.uk/events/event-story.aspx?id=1f66fa92-1f03-4436-b82d-cfa0f71fd099
 
Description Feedzai / Web Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2017, Stephen Hawking gave a keynote speech at the annual technology conference Web Summit, held this year in Lisbon, Portugal. The event brought a crowd of 60,000 to Lisbon, and the other speakers included the Portuguese prime minister. Professor Hawking was invited to speak by Feedzai, an AI company specialising in fraud prevention. Professor Hawking spoke of how new technology could perhaps undo some of the damage done to the natural world by industrialisation, but only if we work together to employ the best possible practice and management and prepare for its consequences well in advance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description From Einstein and Eddington to LIGO: 100 years of gravitational light deflection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow gave a talk entitled "100 Years of Universes" at this meeting in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://science.esundy.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/en/
 
Description GARYFEST: Gravitation, Solitons and Symmetries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was the subject of a conference in his honour: "GARYFEST: Gravitation, Solitons and Symmetries", 22-24 March 2017, Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique Théorique, 37200, Tours, France. The conference was described as follows: "This focused conference celebrates Gary Gibbons' remarkable contributions and continuing influence in diverse fields of contemporary physics including gravity, the theory of solitons and classical and quantum symmetries. The meeting will focus on current developments in these fields. The discussions are intended to be informal and to provide with the opportunity to exchange new ideas. The event is organized on the occasion of the award of the Honoris Causa Doctor of Science degree to Gary Gibbons by the University François-Rabelais of Tours."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.lestudium-ias.com/event/gary-s-fest-gravitation-solitons-and-symmetries
 
Description Geometric Quantum Dynamics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Applying null geodesics in a Lorentzian spacetimes to problems unconnected with General Relativity" at the Second AGM Meeting on Geometric Quantum Dynamics 2017-2018, 7 December 2017, Imperial College London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sites.google.com/site/geometricmechanics/agm-meetings-2017/second-agm-meeting
 
Description Girls in Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Cora Uhlemann gave her talk "The Skeleton of the Universe" to female students from Highgate School as part of the "Girls in Physics" event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Global Mobile Internet Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 6 April 2017, Stephen Hawking filmed his keynote speech for the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. He spoke about artificial intelligence, its benefits and potential dangers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Good Morning Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 17 March 2017, Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Piers Morgan for "Good Morning Britain." The subjects discussed included climate change and Professor Hawking's ambition to go into space. The interview is available to international audiences on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gravity Falls 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 10 December 2018, Dr Nathan Johnson-McDaniel gave a talk to a workshop at the Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie at the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot. The workshop was entitled "Gravity Falls: Implication of gravitational waves observations on modified gravity theories" and his talk gave an overview of observational results about tests of General Relativity with LIGO/Virgo data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/18209/
 
Description Gravity and Black Holes - public symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre for Theoretical Cosmology played host to two big events to (belatedly) mark Professor Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday earlier in the year. The scientific conference was preceded on Sunday 2nd July by a Public Symposium featuring an afternoon of public lectures by four very distinguished scientists: Brian Cox, Gabriela González, Martin Rees, and Stephen Hawking himself. This event was attended by over 450 people and was watched by millions around the world, live-streamed by Discovery Science on its Facebook and YouTube pages (their statistics indicated that 5 million people have viewed the pages). The symposium generated a considerable amount of media interest, with several stories about it in the press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/activities/hawking75/
 
Description Gravity and Black Holes - scientific conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th July an international conference entitled "Gravity and Black Holes" was held to discuss recent advances in gravitational physics and cosmology. It was a particularly relevant time to hold such a conference following the LIGO Scientific Collaboration's discovery of gravitational waves and the new window on the Universe that this has opened up. The event was attended by 180 people and featured talks from leading scientists from around the world. The lectures were livestreamed on the web and are now available on the conference website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ctc.cam.ac.uk/activities/stephen75/
 
Description Habib 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact One of our researchers gave a talk for the general public at Habib University, Pakistan, entitled "Demystifying the Universe: how far have we come and where are we headed to?" It gave an overview of cosmology and discussed the observations of the CMB by the Planck satellite.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description High School Student Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "On falling into black holes" as the plenary address at the 2nd Middle and High School Student Conference, Athens, December 1, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Holland-America talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor John Barrow gave four lectures as part of the Scientific American programme on the Holland-America cruise line.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IOP Engineering Society (Chelmsford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact October 2017: Ulrich Sperhake gave a talk to the IOP Engineering Society in Chelmsford. Subject: The direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO and the insights already obtained from this new window on the Universe as well as the enormous potential for our search for answers to the most profound questions in astrophysics and fundamental physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Inaugural Roger Penrose Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 27 October 2017 Stephen gave the first ever lecture in a series named in honour of his longtime collaborator Professor Sir Roger Penrose. The lecture, on quantum black holes, was given at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford, where Professor Penrose works, and was streamed live around the world via the university's Facebook page.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH6I_YPOAbY
 
Description J.L. Synge Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave the 14th J.L. Synge Public Lecture at Trinity College Dublin on 1st November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ti.to/tcdalumni/14th-j-l-synge-public-lecture-prof-mihalis-dafermos/en
 
Description Jeremiah Horrocks Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact John Barrow gave the Jeremiah Horrocks Lecture on 5th March 2019 entitled "Our Place in the Universe."

Abstract:

We will explain the concept of the expanding universe - what exactly is expanding? - and the modern evidence for it. This will reveal a number of unexpected connections between the size and age of the universe and the conditions needed for life to exist and persist within it. We will meet the idea that an inflationary surge in expansion rate of the universe occurred in the distant past and see the powerful evidence that this happened. This will provoke us to take seriously the idea that we are part of a multiverse of universes, each with different properties, and that our observable universe might have a beginning whilst the multiverse does not. Finally, we will see what the observed acceleration of our universe's expansion today signals about its far future. It may well be that astronomers in the far future will not be able to study the universe by direct observation like we do today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.star.uclan.ac.uk/2019/02/19/the-jeremiah-horrocks-lecture-april/
 
Description Kempf lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos was invited to give his talk "On falling into black holes I, II" on October 22 and 23, 2018, as part of a special series of lectures at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mathematics in honour of George Kempf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description LIGO Magazine article 
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 Nathan Johnson-McDaniel co-authored an article for LIGO Magazine with Anuradha Samajdar entitled "Putting general relativity to the test with gravitational wave observations."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ligo.org/magazine/LIGO-magazine-issue15.pdf#page=14
 
Description LIGO tweets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nathan Johnson-McDaniel authored the tweets sent by LIGO on 14 March 2019 for the O2 testing GR paper:

https://twitter.com/LIGO/status/1106216176089268229

https://twitter.com/LIGO/status/1106217225818656771
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lecture at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In October 2016, Stephen Hawking gave a lecture to a packed hall at Imperial College, describing how he discovered that black holes are not as dark and destructive as we think.

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

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

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

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

"The campus was buzzing with excitement before his brilliant and inspirational lecture in the Great Hall, where the atmosphere was electric. It was a wonderful celebration of theoretical physics and an extraordinary event!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description New flows and old black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was an invited speaker at "New flows and old black holes: Adventures in quantum gravity and holography - a conference in celebration of Nick Warner's 60th birthday", IPhT, CEA/Saclay, France, June 22-23 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/14442/
 
Description On falling into black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos delivered his talk "On falling into black holes" on the following occasions:

Mathematics Colloquium, Imperial College, January 31, 2018
Field Equations on Lorentzian Space-Times, Hamburg, March 21, 2018
Plenary Address, Young Researchers Symposium, Montreal, July 20, 2018
AMS Invited Address, Fayetteville, Arkansas, November 3, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Podcast on extrasolar planets 
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 Schools
Results and Impact Roman Rafikov gave an educational podcast in Russia to tens of thousands of high school students on extrasolar planets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Pyeongchang Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2019 John Barrow gave a talk entitled "Our Place in the Universe" to the Pyeongchang Forum in Korea. From the website:

"The 2nd PyeongChang Forum will focus on various and complicated problems on the Earth and share core vision and future values that our humanity should keep in perspectives of humanities and science.

"By diagnosing the problems and approaching in the perspectives of humanities and science together, the Forum will not simply provide global citizens with knowledge and education but also deeply discuss the way to lead substantial changes and actual actions of local and international societies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://pyeongchangfr.com/eng/
 
Description Quaid-i-Azam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact One of our researchers gave a colloquium at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, entitled "Constraining Fundamental Physics from Large Scale Structure Cosmology." It gave an introduction to cosmology in general, then discussed the observations of cosmic microwave background radiation by the Planck satellite, what it has taught us and what we still do not know.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SIGGRAPH 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Amelia Drew gave a talk at Intel's SIGGRAPH 2019 event in Los Angeles on 30th July 2019 about potential uses of exascale computing in cosmology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://newsroom.intel.com/news/siggraph-intels-vision-exascale-class-content-creation-1000x-perform...
 
Description Scattering on Kerr black holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis dafermos gave his talk "Scattering on Kerr black holes" at a Mathematical Physics Seminar, University of York, February 1, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seeing the beginning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Blake Sherwin gave a talk entitled "Seeing the beginning: the Cosmic Microwave Background and what it can tell us about our Universe" on 23 March 2018. This was part of a one-day scientific meeting entitled "What we don't know about the Universe: From the very small to the very big" that took place as part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/78031
 
Description Sightsavers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 12 December 2017, Stephen Hawking attended a Sightsavers event at Churchill College, Cambridge, as a keynote speaker. The event was to mark the one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Professor Hawking said: "Today we are here to celebrate delivering one billion treatments for NTDs - a monumental milestone few health programmes have achieved, both in terms of scale and level of success.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"We must redouble our efforts and at all costs avoid any sense of complacency at this crucial time. Eliminating these diseases once and for all is our goal, but there is still a way to go before we are able to do this."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description St Cross 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 9 June 2018, the St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP) at the University of Oxford held a one-day conference entitled "From Space to Spacetime". John Barrow gave a talk entitled "Bending Space and Time."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ/events/space-spacetime-one-day-conference
 
Description Stephen Hawking Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact On 29 November 2018, Dr Blake Sherwin gave a talk and took part in a panel discussion of Stephen Hawking's legacy at the Science Museum in London. The event marked the launch of Cambridge University's campaign to celebrate and memorialise the life of Stephen Hawking through a programme of teaching, research and outreach.

The centrepiece of the evening was the Vice-Chancellor's announcement of the Stephen Hawking Programme, which will offer highly prestigious academic appointments and fellowships and studentships in the fields of cosmology, astronomy, theoretical physics and mathematics, aimed at attracting the very best candidates from around the world. The goal is to establish the Programme in perpetuity through endowments, inspired by Professor Hawking's own broad research interests and his public outreach activity, so an integral component will be an annual Hawking Symposium aimed at non-specialist and young audiences in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stephen Hawking's PhD Made Available Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The continued global interest in Professor Hawking was made clear in October 2017 when his PhD thesis was made freely available online for the first time and attracted so many viewers that it crashed part of the Cambridge University website.
The 1966 thesis, entitled Properties of expanding universes, is the most requested item in the University Library, with 199 requests (mostly from the general public) since May 2016. The next most requested publication was asked for just thirteen times.
In less than one week after becoming available, the thesis received over two million views. Professor Hawking said that by making it available he hoped to "inspire people."
He added: "Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.
"It's wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis - hopefully they won't be disappointed now that they finally have access to it!"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251038
 
Description Stephen Hawking's passing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Paul Shellard gave media interviews with BBC, ITV, Sky and international media organisations on 14th March 2018 about the life and scientific achievements of the late Professor Stephen Hawking. Interview on BBC Breakfast (re-broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and elsewhere) prior to Westminster Abbey Memorial Service on 15th June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description String Phenomenology 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Anne Davis gave her talk "Recent Developments in Modified Gravity" as a plenary speaker at String Phenomenology 2018, Warsaw, 2-6 July 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sp18.fuw.edu.pl/
 
Description Strings 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jorge Santos gave a talk entitled "Connecting the weak gravity conjecture to the weak cosmic censorship" at Strings 2018, one of the most prestigious conferences in high energy physics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://indico.oist.jp/indico/event/5/
 
Description Supergravity, Strings and Dualities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons gave a talk entitled "Carroll Symmetry, Gravitational Memory and Soft Gravitons" at the conference "Supergravity, Strings and Dualities: A Meeting in Celebration of Chris Hull's 60th Birthday" held at Imperial College, April 28-29, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://plato.tp.ph.ic.ac.uk/conferences/hull60/index.html
 
Description Talk at Archimedeans 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Harvey Reall gave a talk to the Archimedeans, the Cambridge University Mathematical Society to around 50 people on 25 October 2019 entitled "The classification of black holes."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/132280
 
Description Tencent Web Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 26 July 2017, Stephen Hawking filmed a keynote speech for the Tencent Web Summit, to be held in November in Beijing. He talked about the environment and climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Mathematics of Black Holes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The Mathematics of Black Holes" to the First Congress of Greek Mathematicians, June 25, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Teukolsky equation on Kerr and the black hole stability problem 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The Teukolsky equation on Kerr and the black hole stability problem" on the following occasions:

Brussels-London Geometry Seminar, March 20, 2018
Oxbridge PDE conference, March 23, 2018
Conference on non-linear waves, Brown University, May 16, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The geometry and analysis of black hole spacetimes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The geometry and analysis of black hole spacetimes I, II, III, IV, V, VI" as part of the 43rd Summer School on Mathematical Physics, Ravello, September 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2008
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The structure of singularities in black hole interiors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Mihalis Dafermos gave his talk "The structure of singularities in black hole interiors" as part of the Origins of the Universe Conference, Flatiron Institute, NY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Unknowability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact John Barrow gave a keynote talk on 4th April 2019 entitled "Unknowable Unknowns" at the Center for Public Scholarship, New School of the Humanities 38th Conference, "Unknowability: how do we know what cannot be known," The New School, New York, 2019.

Film of the lecture can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UmxoTGMZMg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.centerforpublicscholarship.org/single-post/2019/01/10/Unknowability-How-Do-We-Know-What-...
 
Description Varying constants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In September 2017 PBS made a video about the varying constants research programme, which John Barrow is part of, with the observers at UNSW in Sydney.
It has so far had over 457,000 views. PBS has over 990,000 subscribers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJzoelANL_Y
 
Description Wolfgang Rindler Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 24 July 2019, John Barrow gave a lecture to the Austrian Academy of Science, University of Vienna, entitled "100 Years of Universes." This was the inaugural Wolfgang Rindler in Memoriam Public Lecture, given as part of the International Conference "Kurt Gödel's Legacy. Does the Future lie in the Past?"

Abstract:

Every solution of Einstein's equation is an entire universe. They offer a novel solution to some deep puzzles about the structure of the astronomical universe. Prof. Barrow will in this lecture embark on a travel which will lead us through the islands of some of the pertinent questions of modern physics, cosmology, and mathematics. He will tell the story of all the different possible universes that were found to be solutions of Einstein's equations: static and expanding universes, contracting universe, oscillating universes, accelerating universes, chaotic and distorted universes - all make their appearance together with the unexpected spinning, universe with time-travellers found first by Kurt Gödel. He will converge on best description of our visible universe today and the contemporary inflationary universes. They offer a novel solution to some deep puzzles about the structure of the astronomical universe. Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? What might such a theory look like? What would it mean? And how close are we to getting there?

This lecture is in memory of Wolfgang Rindler, an Austrian physicist specializing in relativity and its effects on cosmology, who died in February 2019. Key ideas introduced by Wolfgang Rindler play a pivotal role in our understanding of how the present structure of the universe came to be, and they determine what its extraordinary fate appears to be in the far distant future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.vcla.at/events/john-d-barrow-wolfgang-rindler-in-memoriam-public-lecture/
 
Description Women in Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Cora Uhlemann (Fitzwilliam Fellow and Research Associate, DAMTP) hosted a panel of inspiring speakers from hugely varied fields of science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/news/women-science-evening
 
Description Workshop on General Relativity and AdS/CFT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gary Gibbons was an invited speaker at a workshop on general relativity and AdS/CFT, Fields Institute, University of Toronto, October 23 - 27, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017