Physics and Astronomy at the 2015 Doors Open Day

The School of Physics and Astronomy is opening its doors at the end of September.

Coordinated by the Cockburn Association, Doors Open Day is an annual opportunity for the public to visit buildings and institutions across the city that are not available during the rest of the year.

Take a guided tour of the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS) and go behind the scenes of soft matter research on Saturday 26 September at the James Clerk Maxwell Building on the King’s Building campus. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of hands-on activities alongside staff and students, including having the chance to make and take away your own slime!

On Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September, you will have the chance to talk to astronomers from the Institute for Astronomy about their work on galaxy evolution, planet formation and computer simulations of the Universe. There will be hands-on craft activities including making your own origami brown dwarf and the chance to try your hand at characterising light curves from stars to spot exoplanets. Relax on the sofa in the astronomers’ corner while discussing the big questions of the Universe and get an insight into the working life of an observatory. These events take place at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.