showcase day 2

Watch the presentations again

The 2020 Showcase, like most events that year, had to be delivered online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so our PhD student speakers pre-recorded their talks. We caught up with some them to find out more about their experience presenting at the Showcase, their reflections on why opportunities like this are important, and their top tips for giving academic talks. You can also find out more about their research and watch their talks again.

Meet the speakers and watch their talks

Virtual FoNS Research Showcase 2020

This event will be run with Live Microsoft Teams. Event Link: Day Two: Department of Physics, CEP and Department of Mathematics

The Faculty  has organised two afternoons of presentations and stimulating discussions with the academics and prize-winning PhD students in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. DAY ONE (30th September 2020) will host talks from  the Departments of Chemistry and Life Sciences; DAY TWO (1st October 2020) will be dedicated to the Departments of Mathematics, Physics and the Centre for Environmental Policy. Our NEW THEME CHAMPIONS will also participate and they will tell us more about the cutting-edge research in the themes of: Environment & Sustainability, Quantitative Technologies, Accelerating Bioscience and Data Science.

The FoNS Showcase 2020 comprises two separate competitions for the PhD students: the first one is an oral presentation competition taking place during DAY ONE and DAY TWO. The second is a poster competition where students will present their research to judges in advance (posters are shown in our website). Abstracts of these posters are  available in this booklet!

The prize winners of both oral and poster presenters will be announced Friday 2nd October 2020.

Further below  you can read the programme for DAY TWO (Physics, Mathematics and the CEP Showcases). 

[Note: To see the programme for DAY ONE (Departments of Chemistry and Life Sciences Showcases), please click on the link!]


This event will be run with Live Microsoft Teams. Event Link: Day Two: Department of Physics, CEP and Department of Mathematics

Please click on the link above to access the event. You can watch the event using your web browser (Google Chrome is recommended) or you can watch on the Microsoft Teams app which can be downloaded to your desktop for free here. If you are using your mobile phone or tablet, you can download the Microsoft Teams app here for free.


                  14:00 Welcome message by the Dean Professor Richard Craster

 DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS SHOWCASE, Chair: Professor Henrique Araujo

                 14:05 Dr Jonathan Eastwood (Senior Lecturer & member of the Space and Atmospheric Research Group) – Title: The science of space                                                                          weather and transitioning research to operational capability

                 14:25 Sam Hillman (PhD student) – Title: Understanding the influence of chemical structure and liquid environment on energetics and                                                                                   kinetics in hydrogen-evolving polymer photocatalysts

                 14:40 Jonathon Langford (PhD student) – Title: An effective field theory interpretation of Higgs boson coupling measurements                                                                                                            performed by the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment

                 14:55 Andreas Svela (PhD student) – Title: Suppression of back reflections in optical microcavities

                 Coffee break (15:10 -15:20)


                 15:20 Dr Morena Mills (Reader in Environmental Social Science) – Title: Insight for catalysing environmental conservation

                 15:40 Emma Hibbett (PhD student) – Title: Power, Policy, and Pollution: Power dynamics and the outcomes of local air pollution                                                                                                 movements

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS SHOWCASE, Chair: Professor Mauricio Barahona

                 15:55 Professor Guy Nason (Chair in Statistics) – Title:  Network Time Series

                 16:15 Alexander Terenin (PhD student) – Title: Efficiently sampling functions from Gaussian process posteriors

                 16:30 Kalle Timperi (PhD student) – Title: Complex Systems with Uncertainty: How Can They Be Stable?

                 16:45 Closing remarks by the Dean Professor Richard Craster

Event Link: Day Two: Department of Physics, CEP and Department of Mathematics