Internal Physics Research Symposium

We are pleased to announce that we will be delivering a number of Internal Physics Research Symposia in the School of Physics and Astronomy to learn more about research at the University of Leeds. Our aim is to inspire scientific discussions and collaborations with talks that focus not only on current research topics but also on the open underlying questions.

This first symposium covers topics in Soft Matter, Optics and Theoretical Quantum Physics and has been co-created by Almut Beige (Theoretical Physics group) and Johan Mattsson (Soft Matter Physics group). We especially invite researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy to learn more about research in Leeds. All talks will be 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for discussions.


Please use this dedicated Eventbrite webpage to register for the meeting. This will help us to get the catering right.
Registration deadline: 4 January 2020


All talks will take place on the 7 January 2020 in the seminar room of the Fine Art Building G.04 at the University of Leeds. Directions to the room can be found here.


Coffee and welcome (9:00 – 9:30)

  • 9:30 – 10:15 Helen Gleeson:
    Phase transitions in liquid crystal elastomers: emergence of order, defects and unusual properties
  • 10:15 – 11:00 Ekaterina Orlova:
    Tuning the radiative properties of subwavelength wire lasers
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Cliff Jones:
    From the beginnings of the universe to the supermarket: topological defects in constrained liquid crystals
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Jiannis Pachos:
    The mathematical beauty of knots and their applications in quantum physics

A buffet-style lunch will be provided (12:30 – 1:00).

  • 1:00 – 1:45 Mike Evans:
    Non-equilibrium steady states of classical complex systems
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Johan Mattsson:
    Relaxation dynamics, dynamic arrest and non-equilibrium phenomena in glass-forming liquids and polymers

Coffee and informal discussion (from 2:30) 

If you have ideas for topics for a further symposium, please contact Director of Research and Innovation, Lorna Dougan. Suggestions are very welcome.