How Modern Science Unravels the Secrets of the Ancient Worlds

Wednesday 21st Feb 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

34 Sackville Street

How Modern Science Unravels the Secrets of the Ancient Worlds

In the last century, significant strides have been made in scientific exploration, unveiling countless hidden facets of our world. Discoveries extend beyond the visible realm, delving into the domain of subatomic particles like protons and neutrons. The study of these particles has not only enriched the field of physics but has also seamlessly aided us in understanding our own biology and history. Neutrons and muons in particular have helped shape our knowledge on the matters of the ancient worlds.

During this talk Aziza al Mughairy, the first GCC national to be employed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will speak about how ISIS Neutron and muon source, a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has been used to shed light on artefacts from the Roman Empire and Ancient Egypt. Examples will include swords from the Bronze and Iron ages and mummified offerings from Egypt.

Members Tour Harwell Campus, Oxford:

In addition to our event at BOS, our speaker would like to invite Society members, who may be in Oxford to attend the talk by HE Sayyid Badr Albusaidi at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on February 15, for a tour earlier that morning of the nearby Harwell Campus.

Harwell Campus is the UK's leading science and innovation campus, home to 200+ organisations and some of the brightest minds in science, and is where ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is based.

The February 15 tour is exclusively open to BOS members and spaces are limited. Please contact to register your interest.

About the speaker:

Aziza al Mughairy, an Omani Physics and Astronomy undergraduate at Cardiff University, is currently completing an industrial placement in Development of Online Scientific Training for Neutron and Muon Experiments at ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. At age 20 she is the first GCC national to be employed by UKRI a role which is a milestone for gulf Arab representation in science.

This is a free members event, please book in advance.

Drinks and networking from 5.30pm. The talk will begin at 6.00pm.

Register here to join online via Zoom.  

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