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Physics and biology join forces at Skip Garden

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Last week we teamed up with the Francis Crick Institute and the Royal Society of Biology to bring the fascination of science to King’s Cross – as part of our series of outreach events in the run up to our move next July.

On the evening of Friday 22 September, the Skip Garden played host to our Physics of Life event, which was free and open to all. Attendees from the local area and beyond enjoyed tucking into wood oven pizzas while chatting with scientists from King’s College, Unitive Design, Imperial College and the Crick about their work (photos below).

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John Williamson, a theoretical physicist at the Crick, gave an interesting talk on how physics underpins our understanding of life, followed by comedian and PhD student Aimee Eckert, who entertained the audience with her special brand of science comedy.

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There were also hands-on science activities demonstrated by volunteers from the Royal Society of Biology and the IOP, including making instant ice cream just using milk, salt and ice, which was very popular despite the autumnal date.

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One of our volunteers at the event was A-level physics student Sophie Gouali who demonstrated kinetic energy to our curious attendees. Sophie’s interest in physics developed during her GCSE studies about spaghettification – and attending IOP public lectures! She is hoping to do a PhD in genetics.

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IOP’s public programmes manager, Toby Shannon, said: “It has been fantastic to work with our volunteers and partners at the Skip Garden to create this event that will explore how physics relates to living things – in a fun, relaxed way.

“Our move to a new building in Caledonian Road next year will allow us to bring a national and international home for physics into the borough, and through events like these, we look forward to having lots of exciting conversations with our new friends and neighbours to learn more about what we can next do together.”