Public lecture series erupts on to the science scene for 2014

7 April 2014

On Thursday 10 April, Professor Heidy M Mader from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol will begin the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) 2014 public lecture series, with a talk on the physics of volcanic eruptions

Public lecture series erupts on to the science scene for 2014

Professor Mader will offer an insight into how much we know about volcanic eruptions, how close we are to being able to model complex volcanic phenomena, and describe the kind of experiments that are being undertaken to improve our understanding and bring us closer to the ultimate goal of achieving quantitative eruption forecasting.

Professor Paul Hardaker, Chief Executive of IOP, said, “We’re delighted to have Professor Mader kick off our series of public lectures for 2014. Professor Mader provides an enthralling start to this programme that I know will have a wide appeal.”   

To support the IOP’s work towards improving the gender balance in physics, all of the keynote public lectures in this year’s programme will be given by leading female physicists.

On the gender balance theme and following on from the well-publicised 2013 report, Closing Doors, there will be a special announcement following Professor Mader’s talk about the IOP’s programme of work to improve gender balance in schools.

Further speakers due to speak in this year’s lecture series are: Sky at Night presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock; Professor of Experimental Physics and Master-elect of Churchill College at Cambridge, Professor Dame Athene Donald; the Chief Scientist at the Met Office, Professor Dame Julia Slingo; and the L'Oreal-UNESCO European Laureate, Professor Pratibha Gai.

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