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Southampton: STAG launch "From Mars to the Multiverse"

Basingstoke Cafe Sci members are invited to attend the launch of the new Southampton Theory, Astrophysics and Gravity Research Centre (STAG) on Monday 23rd September at 2.30pm.

Professor Sir Martin Rees FRS, Astronomer Royal, will give the key note lecture: - "From Mars to the Multiverse".

The key parameters of our expanding universe -- the expansion rate, the
geometry and the content -- are now being pinned down by experimental
data, especially from ESA's Planck Spacecraft. These advances pose new
questions: What does the long-range future hold? Should we be surprised
that the physical laws permitted the emergence of complexity? Is physical
reality even more extensive than the domain that our telescopes can probe? This illustrated lecture will attempt to address such issues.

The Centre brings together world-leading academics from three research groups – Particle Physics, Astronomy and General Relativity – to explore issues of fundamental physics and astronomy.

STAG Deputy Director, Professor Kostas Skenderis, said “We are honoured to have such an esteemed keynote speaker for the launch of STAG. Lord Rees has had a long and prestigious career in the field of astronomy and was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. His stimulating lecture is the first in what we hope will be a series of high profile research seminars organised by STAG and will ensure that the launch of the new Centre is a truly memorable occasion.”

To find out more about the STAG Research Centre and the launch event visit

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  • Louise C

    Im in seat N11, just checking you all have tickets as there's only about ten left. Also my ticket says it starts at 2pm.

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Steven P.

      Yes. Very good speaker, well worth the hassle getting there. Good overview of the state of cosmological theory. Met a couple of ex-colleagues, one of whom might come to Winchester Skeptics on Thursday. The more the merrier.

      September 23, 2013

    • Steven P.

      Could have done with more question time.

      September 23, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Sorry I can't be there ... a business meeting here in Basingstoke went on longer than expected. Too late now to get to Southampton. Enjoy the launch ...

    September 23, 2013

  • Graham A.

    Sorry, I'm not feeling too well at the moment.

    September 22, 2013

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