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Eureka 2023 - Physics in the South West

Showcasing Physics research from Universities in the South West (Exeter, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff and Bath; free admission for academics).

  • 14 Jun 2023, 9.30am to 14 Jun 2023, 5.30pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Chancellor's Building Level 2, The Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
  • Price from £0.00 to £60.00 (GBP) Subsidised tickets are available for this event
Eureka bath tub
Eureka in Bath

Join us for Eureka 2023: Physics in the South West conference – an opportunity to interact with physicists from Universities in the South West and learn more about the latest exciting research activities in the areas of astrophysics, photonics, nanoscience and theoretical physics. Join our trade show with table-top exhibits from a broad range of companies working across nanoscience, photonics, medical science and more. The Bath Knowledge Exchange Team will be there to answer any questions you might have about starting a collaboration with academia.

Morning Sessions Programme

Time Speaker Title of talk
9:30 GMT - 10:00 GMT Welcome Tea and Coffee -
10:00 GMT - 10:20 GMT Prof. Ian White, Vice Chancellor, University of Bath Advances and Trends in Optical Data Communications
10:20 GMT - 10:35 GMT Prof. Ventsi Valev, Head of Department, University of Bath Physics at Bath
10:35 GMT - 10:50 GMT Dr Patricia Schady, University of Bath The Most Luminous Explosions in the Universe
10:50 GMT - 11:05 GMT Prof. Tim Birks, University of Bath Fibre Optics - Not Just Telecoms
11:05 GMT - 11:45 GMT Coffee break/Sponsor Exhibition/Poster session -
11:45 GMT - 12:00 GMT Prof. Euan Hendry, University of Exeter Physics at Exeter
12:00 GMT - 12:15 GMT Prof. Saverio Russo, University of Exeter Recent highlights on science and applications of 2D materials at Exeter
12:15 GMT - 12:30 GMT Prof. Stefan Kraus, University of Exeter Astronomical instrumentation for high-angular resolution imaging at Exeter
12:30 GMT - 13:30 GMT Sponsor Exhibition, Poster Session and Lunch -

Afternoon Sessions Programme

Time Speaker Title of talk
13:30 GMT - 13:45 GMT Prof. David Smith, University of Southampton Overview of Physics Research at the University of Southampton
13:45 GMT - 14:00 GMT Dr Philip Wiseman, University of Southampton Stars that go bump in the night: Time-domain astronomy from supernovae to supermassive black holes
14:00 GMT - 14:05 GMT Pitch from our Gold sponsors Amplitude Laser
14:05 GMT - 14:10 GMT Pitch from our Gold sponsors Solid State Supplies
14:10 GMT - 14:15 GMT Pitch from our Gold sponsors Horiba
14:15 GMT - 14:45 GMT Coffee break/Sponsor Exhibition/Poster session -
14:45 GMT - 15:00 GMT Dr Cosimo Inserra, Deputy Director of Research, Cardiff University Physics Research at Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy
15:00 GMT - 15:15 GMT Dr Sam Shutts, Cardiff University Compound Semiconductor Photonics
15:15 GMT - 15:30 GMT Prof. Kate Dooley, Cardiff University Gravitational Waves and Quantum Interferometry
15:30 GMT - 16:00 GMT Coffee break/Sponsor Exhibition/Poster session -
16:00 GMT - 16:15 GMT Prof. Ruth Oulton, Director of Research, University of Bristol Physics Research at the University of Bristol
16:15 GMT - 16:30 GMT Dr Sotiria Fotopoulou, University of Bristol Big Data Astronomy
16:30 GMT - 16:45 GMT Dr Stacy Moore , University of Bristol Materials Analysis using High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy
16:45 GMT - 17:30 GMT Poster Session and Reception -
17:30 GMT Poster prizes and closing remarks -

Travel information

For travel and parking information please see here.

Code of conduct

All participants at our event are required to adhere to the University of Bath Dignity and Respect Policy and the Optica events code of conduct.

Sponsors and Exhibition: Gold sponsors

Logos of Horiba, Amplitude, Solid State Supplies, Toptica and Teledyne
Logos of our Gold and Silver sponsors.

We are very grateful to the following sponsors whose generosity has made this conference possible.

Gold sponsors:

Amplitude, founded in 2001, is a leading company in the design, manufacture and commercialisation of diode-pumped ultrafast lasers for scientific, medical and industrial applications. Having pioneered many new technologies and products, Amplitude offers an extensive portfolio including ultrafast diode-pumped lasers, industrial fibre femtosecond lasers, high-intensity Ti-Sapphire and high energy advanced nanosecond lasers. Headquartered in Bordeaux, France, Amplitude is proud to boast over 25,000 units installed globally, 400+ employees, 5,000 m2 of production area, 9 facilities around the world and a global service team.

Solid State Supplies (part of Solid State plc) is a technical, franchised distributor serving the UK electronics community, with particular expertise in Opto applications. We sell semiconductors, related components and modules for embedded processing, control and communications (both wireless and wired), power management, and LED lighting. Focusing on products from a limited number of suppliers, we understand their products in depth and offer customers outstanding levels of commercial and technical support.

HORIBA is a leading manufacturer of optical spectroscopy technologies, providing an extensive array of instruments and solutions for applications across a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements and supporting a wide array of instrumentation and analytical techniques, such as Raman, photoluminescence, photochemistry, fluorescence spectroscopy, and particle characterisation analysis. The company also offers extensive OEM capabilities for the design and manufacture of dedicated spectroscopic analysers and components for integration. Supported by an experienced team of application scientists HORIBA can help with application development, training, and technical support.

Sponsors and Exhibition: Silver and Bronze sponsors

Logos of Laser Components, Hamamatsu, Chromacity, Laser 2000, Zeiss, Starlight Xpress, Pro Lite, Hubner, Photonic Solutions, and Optica
Logos of our Bronze sponsors

Silver sponsors:

TOPTICA's lasers are essential for a big variety of demanding applications in quantum optics, spectroscopy, biophotonics, microscopy, test & measurement, as well as materials inspection. The lasers provide the widest wavelength coverage: 190 nm - 0.1 THz (corresponding to 3 mm). The unique wavelength range is based on the major product categories – diode lasers, ultrafast fiber lasers, THz systems and frequency combs. Industrial customers, scientists and over a dozen Nobel laureates all acknowledge the world-class exceptional specifications of TOPTICA’s lasers, as well as their reliability and longevity.

Teledyne Princeton Instruments (TPI), a business unit of Teledyne Digital Imaging US, Inc, designs and manufactures high-performance CCD, sCMOS, ICCD, EMCCD, emICCD, and InGaAs cameras; spectrographs; and optics-based solutions for the scientific research, industrial imaging, and OEM communities. We take pride in partnering with our customers to solve their most challenging problems in unique, innovative ways.

Bronze sponsors:

Register for your place at Eureka 2023

Book your place Registration closes on 31st May 2023.


This event will be held in hybrid format at the University of Bath Chancellor's Building.

Chancellor's Building Level 2 The Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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