Events Calendar

Public Lecture - "Observing the Dark Universe"
Thursday 16 September 2021, 19:30 - 21:00

Prof. Catherine Heymans will give a talk "Observing the Dark Universe"

Just over 95% of our Universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out an epic cosmic battle with the gravity of dark matter slowly pulling structures in the Universe together, and dark energy fuelling the Universe’s accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow.

Bio:  Catherine Heymans is the Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the GCCL Institute at the University of Bochum, Germany.   She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity.  Catherine has co-authored over 190 articles in scientific journals and written the popular science book “The Dark Universe”.  Catherine shares her research with the public, both virtually through a Massive Open Online Course `AstroTech' which has attracted over 40,000 students worldwide, and in person through a wide range of events including Art, Music and Science Festivals.  In recognition of her work she was awarded the 2017 Darwin Lectureship from the Royal Astronomical Society and the 2018 Max-Planck Humboldt Research Award. 

The lecture will start at 1930.  Watch the lecture on Youtube here