CUWiP 2017, Oxford, UK

Academic Panel:

  • How to apply for graduate school?
  • How to pick a field of research?
  • Why pursue further education in physics?
  • What options are available outside the UK?
  • What can someone expect from a graduate programme?

Career Panel:

  • What can you do with a physics degree?
  • Do you need a PhD to pursue certain careers?
  • What if your interests lay slightly outside physics?
  • Can you conduct new scientific research outside a university setting?
  • How can you find careers outside academia?
Panels

Academic Panellists:

  • Anna Barnes (PETMRI Clinical Scientist)
  • Emma Ditter (PhD candidate in plasma physics, Imperial College London)
  • Cristina Lazzeroni (Professor in particle physics, University of Birmingham)
  • Rebecca Milot (Postdoctoral researcher in condensed matter physics, University of Oxford)
  • Thuy-Tien Nguyen (Postdoctoral researcher in shock physics/blast injuries, Imperial College London)

Career Panellists:

RAL Panellists:


Anna Barnes

Dr Anna Barnes is principal clinical scientist (NIHR-Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer) for the Siemens PETMRI scanner located at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre and part of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine. Projects include applications in oncology, neurology and cardiology. Dr Barnes completed her PhD in SPECT CBF imaging in neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Southern General - University Trust Hospital, Glasgow in 1999 and subsequently completed 2 post doctoral positions in New York (Functional Brain Imaging Lab, North Shore NY-University Hospital and the fMRI Research Center, Neurological Institute, Columbia University). She then spent 5 years 2006-2011 at the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge directed by Professor Ed Bullmore and Prof John Suckling and joined the Institute of Nuclear Medicine at the beginning of 2012. She is HPC registered as a Chartered Scientist having completed her medical physics training through the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine in 1997.

Anna Barnes

Emma Ditter

Emma is a second year PhD student at Imperial College London and part of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science. Her research involves studying laser–plasma interactions and ion acceleration for use in hadron therapy. As an experimentalist, she also has the opportunity to conduct experiments at international laboratories such as Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Emma completed her undergraduate at the University of Southampton, where she studied physics with an emphasis on lasers. Outside of physics, Emma enjoys swimming, riding and sailing.

Emma Ditter

Cristina Lazzeroni

Cristina Lazzeroni is a Professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Birmingham, having previously been a Royal Society University Fellow in Physics. Her research is in Particle Physics, in which she studies the building blocks of matter and their interactions. In particular, she investigates the difference in behaviour between matter and anti-matter at a fundamental level, and its implications on the world around us. She is also an enthusiastic communicator and she frequently visits local schools.

Cristina Lazzeroni

Rebecca Milot

Rebecca received her B.S. in Chemistry from Providence College in 2007 and Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 under the direction of Charles Schmuttenmaer. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford working in the groups of Michael Johnston and Laura Herz. Her current research involves using terahertz spectroscopy to study charge-carrier dynamics in hybrid metal halide perovskites.

Rebecca Milot

Thuy-Tien Nguyen

Thuy-Tien is a currently a postdoctoral research assistant within the Institute of Shock Physics, Imperial College London supported by the Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies (RBL-CBIS). She completed both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Physics at Imperial College London. Her PhD project title was “Characterisation of a Shock Tube for Blast Injury Studies”, under the supervision of Dr. William G Proud.

Thuy-Tien’s research is focused on investigating the properties and interactions of blast waves using a shock tube system. The study outcomes aim to address the blast injury mechanism and blast mitigation. She also works on development of shock tube adaptors for the testing of ex vivo tissues and cells as well as addressing injury thresholds of the long bones using gas gun facility.

Thuy-Tien Nguyen

Susanne Klein

Susanne Klein holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Saarland. Since 1995 she has worked and lived in the UK, first as a Royal Society Research Assistant at the University of Bristol and then as a member of HP Labs. She has worked on colloidal liquid crystals, colloids in liquid crystals and new materials for 3D printing and is now working on optical cryptography.

Susanne Klein

Wendy Cox

Wendy Cox started her career in banking before embarking upon a 4 year BEd Hons degree course. She taught for 10 years in a primary school, before gaining her headship qualification NPQH. She then moved into secondary teaching and became The Ogden Trust’s West Midlands Physics consultant. In 2014, Wendy became the head of The Ogden Trust’s Primary Programme. She leads a team of around 25 Ogden Teacher Fellows and Regional Representatives across the UK. She has created over 40 Ogden Primary Partnerships (approx. 300 primary schools working collaboratively) and has installed 30 Phiz Labs & SHINELabs in primary schools. Her team received ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2016 TES ‘Science Team of the Year’ awards. Wendy serves on the Primary Science Quality Mark Board and the Science Education Forum. Wendy is passionate about supporting non specialist primary teachers to increase their ‘physics’ subject knowledge. This increased knowledge, increases their confidence to deliver hands on, practical science lessons to children, in a dedicated science learning environment.

Wendy Cox

Ana Lopez

Ana joined Winton In January 2016 to work as a researcher. Before joining Winton Ana was a lecturer at University College and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Martin School where she worked on the use of weather and climate forecasts for the management of natural resources and hazards. Prior to that Ana held research positions at the London School of Economics, and Oxford University-Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, where she studied the predictability of climate and the use of climate information for decision support.

Ana holds a Licenciatura in Physics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master in Science and PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her research in theoretical condensed matter Physics focused on the development of field theoretical descriptions for systems with applications in fields such as nanophysics and quantum computation.

Ana Lopez

Chiara Bo

Chiara completed a BSc and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa and a PhD in Shock Physics at Imperial College London. Her research focused on the “Investigation of the Effects of High Pressure Pulses on Biological Samples”. She was awarded the AWE PhD Prize for the best PhD thesis in the field of High Energy Density, Shock Regimes and Plasma Physics. After her PhD Chiara worked as a Data Analyst for a small marketing company where she was in charge of producing data profiles and gap reports, cleansing and manipulating clients’ data and maintaining the in house database. In September 2014 Chiara joined the Risk Analytics team at Deloitte where she successfully completed projects involving designing and implementing web applications, performing data analysis including regression modelling and clustering and building dashboards. These included serving clients from the Public Sector, Corporates and Financial Services.

Chiara Bo

Peta Foster

Dr Peta Foster is a senior experimental research scientist at First Light Fusion Ltd, where she is focused on turning the dream of clean and abundant fusion energy into a reality. Driven by a fascination with the nature of light, she studied for her MPhys in experimental physics at York University, after which she took a position as a facility scientist within the Central Laser Facility, at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This allowed her to explore some of the most extreme states of matter generated anywhere on earth through the use of high intensity laser-plasma experiments. She developed a research interest in using lasers to accelerate beams of high energy ions for use in cancer therapy and also in the production of ultra-fast optical switches, which naturally led into further study for which she was awarded her PhD in 2014 from Queens University Belfast. Today, she is immensely excited to be working at First Light Fusion, on one on of the most pressing problems of the time within a rapidly growing team of inspiring scientists and engineers.

Peta Foster

Heather Patrick

Heather studied Astrophysics at University College Cork before moving to London to work at the London Science Museum. She started as an Explainer, explaining science in the museum’s interactive galleries. She now works for the museum’s Outreach team, delivering science shows to schools, communities and festivals around the UK and the world.

Heather Patrick

Lydia Harriss

Lydia Harriss is a Physical Sciences and ICT Advisor at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), which provides balanced and independent advice on science, technology and social science topics to MPs and Peers.

Before joining POST, Lydia spent two years on the Wellcome Trust Graduate Development Programme, working in communications, exhibitions, events, education and investments.

She has a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Bristol.

Lydia Harriss

Nicola Davis

Nicola Davis writes science, environment, health and technology news and features for the Guardian and Observer and was commissioning editor for Observer Tech Monthly. Previously she worked for the Times and other publications. She has a MChem and DPhil in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Nicola also presents the Science Weekly podcast.

Nicola Davis

Grace Thompson

Grace is head of Talent and Skills at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). She has expertise in leadership and talent development in global and local organisations; corporate and public sector. At STFC she leads Early Career recruitment and development, Apprentices, Students and Graduates, High Potential Leaders development, Senior Leader development and the core L&D offering.

Grace Thompson

Barbara Ghinelli

Barbara oversees the development and management of clusters on the Harwell Campus. She has established a high profile for the Space Cluster and is leading developments for clusters in other sectors, including the new HealthTec cluster.

Barbara joined STFC in 2010 as Executive Director of Business Development. Successes included the creation of ISIC at Harwell and of the High Performance Computing Centre (Hartree) at Daresbury.

Barbara joined STFC from EADS Astrium (now Airbus DS), where she managed Business Development across Europe for the €3.2 billion joint ESA / EU Earth Observation Programme for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (now Copernicus) and secured a number of large contracts.

She graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of York, completed her PhD in Radar Imaging and Neural Networks at the University of Sheffield and holds a Certificate in Management from the Open University.

Barbara Ghinelli

Eleanor Barber

Eleanor Barber studied physics at the University of Bath, during which she undertook a placement year at Zarlink Semiconductor in Swindon. After graduating, Eleanor returned there as a photolithography engineer, before taking her industrial skills to academia. At STFC she worked on nanotechnology projects for medical and space projects, which ultimately has led Eleanor to her current role as a project manager for several space projects, including measuring the temperature of the sea from space, and studying the changing climate. Outside of work Eleanor runs her own business, and is an enthusiastic sailor, having recently taken a career break to be a professional skipper.

Eleanor Barber

Anna Orlowska

Dr Anna Orlowska is head of the Applied Science Division of the STFC at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Managing a division of 75 staff working in cryogenics, magnetics, high power targets, composite materials, mechanical engineering, and energy, she provides engineering solutions to the science community mainly for Particle Physics, and Astronomy collaborations and national and international science facilities. After a BA in Physics and a DPhil in Engineering, both from the University of Oxford, Dr Orlowska worked for many years in Cryogenics with a particular interest in closed cycle coolers for space and was responsible for the design and delivery of the cryogenics system for the ALMA observatory in the Atacama desert in Chile.

Anna Orlowska

John Collier

John Collier is the Director of the UK’s Central Laser Facility (CLF), based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell, Oxfordshire and part of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). A laser scientist by training, Prof Collier initially joined the CLF as a research scientist from CERN (where he was a Research Fellow), a position from which he has grown to become the Director of the CLF about 7 years ago. Prof Collier has played a central role in building the CLF into one of the world’s leading research centres for multidisciplinary science and innovation using lasers, and establishing the CLF at the heart of major international programmes. Today, he leads a staff of around 150 scientists, engineers and technicians in this endeavour, in activities that span the scientific spectrum, working with the majority of UK universities, all five UK scientific Research Councils, the European Commission, industry, charities, other agencies of the state such as the Ministry of Defence, the National Health Service, the Home Office and a wide range international partners. He has published over 90 peer reviewed articles and sits on numerous international advisory and review bodies in Europe and the USA. He is a Director of one of CLF’s spinouts Scitech Precision Ltd. and was recently elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

John Collier