Understanding gravity at all scales

Tuesday 20th March 2018 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Dr Claudia de Rham, Reader in Theoretical Cosmology, Department of Physics

What do we know about the force of gravity? Does its behaviour change throughout the universe? What is causing the Universe to expand at an accelerating rate? Can we explain our observations without dark energy? What are the implications from the recent direct detection of gravitational waves on our understanding of gravity and our universe?

Answers to these questions – and more – are being sought by Dr de Rham, a theoretical physicist at Imperial who develops and tests models dealing with a wide variety of concepts, from the early universe and dark energy to the behaviour of gravity.

Dr de Rham is the recent award-winner in the inaugural Blavatnik Awards in the UK, which honour outstanding young scientists under the age of 42.

The Blavatnik Awards, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in the United States in 2007 and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences, honour and support exceptional early-career scientists and engineers aged 42 years or younger.

On winning the award, Dr de Rham said: “It is of course a huge honour to be recognized with this award and I am extremely thankful to the Blavatnik Foundation."

Dr de Rham is awarded a Finalist title in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category. She will receive a US$30,000 cash prize and a medal at the 2018 Blavatnik Awards in the UK Ceremony on 7 March 2018 in London.

In its citation, the Blavatnik Awards said of Dr de Rham’s work: “It has revolutionised our understanding of the nature of gravity, founding a new field of study that connects cosmology with particle physics and the nature of spacetime itself."

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.

Venue: SAF Building, Imperial College London

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