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UK plays host to world's biggest nuclear physics conference

26 July 2019 - Renowned nuclear physicists from across the globe will be meeting in the UK this week to showcase the latest research in the field.

The 27th International Nuclear Physics Conference is being hosted by Glasgow University from 29 July to 2 August.

The conference is held every three years at various locations across the globe and is the biggest conference in the world that covers all aspects of fundamental nuclear physics.

The UK regularly ranks first or second in the world for nuclear physics in terms of field-normalised citation impact, and hosting the conference in the UK demonstrates the country’s position as a global leader in this research sector.

Lead organiser Professor David Ireland, of the University of Glasgow, said: “INPC2019 is another fantastic opportunity to demonstrate that UK researchers are part of an international community in cutting edge science.

“The conference was last held in the UK in 1986, and since then many advances in nuclear physics research have been made, including the discovery of several heavy elements. This year is the International Year of the Periodic Table, and to highlight this, a public lecture on ‘Nuclear Physics and the Making of the Modern Periodic Table’ will be given by author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili.”

Other highlights will include a plenary talk on ‘the future of neutrino physics and neutrino oscillations’ by Professor Mark Thomson, executive chair of UK Research and Innovation’s nuclear physics funding body.

Professor Thomson said: “The UK is a powerhouse for nuclear physics research and is recognised as one of the key international leaders in the field.

“As such, STFC is proud to support this prestigious conference and the nuclear physics community in the UK and abroad.”

More information on the conference, including a programme of speakers, is available here.

Find out more about nuclear physics in the UK here.

 

 

Last updated: 25 July 2019

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