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Join us to discover that scientists are not wasting their time in splitting atoms. Hear how exploring the smallest forms of matter can help answer life's biggest questions. During the event, you'll also have the chance to win highly-coveted Pint of Science merchandise! Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
Cancer Cannons: The Role of Particle Accelerators in Radiotherapy
Chris Edmonds (Research Associate)
It’s 1957 and baby Gordon Isaacs looks small compared to the machine that’s targeting an intense beam of high energy electrons into his left eye. The machine is later credited with saving Gordon’s sight and he becomes one of the first of millions of patients to have their cancer treated using radiotherapy. And in 2017, it is still one of our most effective tools in treating the disease. Chris will present the development of these machines, from their origins, through to the research that accelerator physicists are doing today to improve cancer therapy.
Nuclear Physics: An Everyday-Impact Exploration Adventure
Benjamin Le Crom (Research Associate)
The study of nuclear physics is primarily the will to understand the subatomic world. The discipline was born at the beginning of 20th century and is still very much alive. Benjamin Le Crom will explain how nuclear physicists are taking up the role as the new “Conquistadors”, tasked at finding new elements, and unknown nuclear properties. Gauging the impact of their adventures on our daily lives in medicine and homeland security.