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Talk by Dr Brad Gibson. We will also have the Sky in July.

One might think the winds blown from stars such as the Sun would be largely inconsequential, and in a day to day sense, one would not be wrong in that belief. That said, there are hidden facets to these winds, both positive and negative, from the building blocks of life ti the destroyer of civilisations. In this talk, Dr Brad Gibson will explore both the good and the bad of stellar winds, and the role they play in shaping the development of life.

An Aussie-Canadian transplant, Dr Brad Gibson is Scientific Editor for The Astrophysical Journal and previously served as Head of Physics & Maths and Director & Founder of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, at the University of Hull, Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire, and Deputy Head of School at Swinburne University in Australia. Brad’s team was responsible for first defining the Milky Way’s Galactic Habitable Zone (named a Top 10 News Story of the Year by National Geographic), determining the expansion rate of the Universe (for which their team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology), and building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory. Brad’s 1000+ outreach events over the past 7 years have reached two million people around the world, including 70,000+ students at more than 100 schools and colleges throughout the UK. His commitment to widening participation from underrepresented groups, and improving the career prospects of physics students, led to his “Changing Face of Physics” campaign being named Best Practice in the Country by the UK’s Equality Challenge Unit.

Image Credits: NASA/GSFC