Focus on physics at Bay conference

2015-05-27 06:00

THE SA Institute of Physics will host its national conference at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth from June 29 to July 3 for between 400 and 500 physicists from all over South Africa and some from abroad.

It is being organised by Rhodes University and NMMU.

As part of the conference week, the physicists want to host a public outreach event, inviting schools and the general public.

The speakers will include professors Don Mingay, Japie van Zyl, and Andrew Forbes.

On Tuesday evening, June 30, Mingay will address the general public on climate change. He was a professor of experimental nuclear physics at Wits for 20 years and is an expert on climate change.

On Wednesday morning, July 1, Forbes will speak to schoolchildren about the “Light Fantastic”. “In this talk I will highlight the history of light, the fascination it invokes, its beauty and role in the arts, and how it has been harnessed for a myriad of applications,” he said. He is a chief researcher at the CSIR.

On Thursday evening, July 2, Van Zyl will talk to the general public about “Exploring the Universe: The Search for Signs of Life”. He is a South African physicist working for Nasa in the USA

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