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Café Scientifique: Shedding Light on the Universe

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Café Scientifique

Shedding Light on the Universe

In this “International Year of Light” we will take a trip through time and space to see how our ideas of the universe have evolved as we use light to understand what is out there and discuss concepts such as dark matter and dark energy.

As part of the British Festival 2015, join us for a free public science communication event with Dr Maggie Adernin Pocock MBE, a leading space scientist from the UK and co-presenter of the BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night’ andProfessor Ilham Al Qaradawi, internationally renowned nuclear scientist and Professor of Physics at Qatar University.

Date: 30th March 2015

Time: 7pm

Venue: Georgetown University Atrium

Refreshments provided

This event is free – register here:

About the Speakers:

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist who studied at Imperial College London, where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments. These have ranged from hand held land mine detectors to optical subsystems for the James Webb Space Telescope.

Maggie also had a science in society fellowship held at UCL from the Science and Technology Facilities Council which enabled her to present her science ideas to a wide range of listeners from school children to politicians.

To further share her passion for science, Maggie has also set up and runs her own company “Science Innovation Ltd”. Through this Maggie conducts public engagement activities sharing the wonders of space. To date Maggie has given these presentations to over 170,000 people around the world. As well as public speaking Maggie also works as a TV presenter and recently started to co-host the world’s longest running television program “The Sky at Night”.

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Prof. Ilham Al-Qaradawi is professor of Physics at Qatar University and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University in Qatar. She received her Ph.D. working in the field of positron physics from University of London, UK in 1991. She established a positron laboratory at Qatar University including the first slow positron beam in the Middle East as well as an environmental radiation measurement laboratory. Dr. Ilham Al-Qaradawi is a fellow of the institute of Physics and a member of many international societies. She also sits on the advisory committee of the World Nuclear University Radiation Technology Summer School and the World Council on Isotopes. Prof. Ilham Al-Qaradawi has been awarded many awards for excellence in research, for Arab Women in Science and outstanding contribution to science. She has had many appearances on Al-Jazeera channel and several other TV channels and newspapers and magazines. She has been listed several times as one of the most influential Arab scientists.