Colliding worlds: particle physics to the rescue

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 15 February

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • How do particle accelerators work, and what can they do?

    Credit: Royal Institution


Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

Join Suzie Sheehy to explore the exciting, atom smashing world of particle accelerators. With live demonstrations, she’ll show how we design these fascinating machines, which let us interact and explore nature on the smallest scales. She’ll also reveal how we use these machines in many unexpected – and useful – ways, helping us solve some of the greatest challenges facing people on Earth. 

This event is particularly suitable for ages 12+.

About the speaker

Dr. Suzie Sheehy is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford where she leads a research group who look at the fundamental limitations of hadron accelerators, and design new accelerators for applications in medicine and energy. Her research takes her all over the world, especially an exciting new collaboration which is re-thinking how we design accelerators in order to address the growing global need for cancer care. 

Alongside her research, Suzie is a prolific public speaker, presenter and science communicator, for which she has received a number of awards from the British Science, Institute of Physics and the University of Oxford. She is an expert TV presenter for Impossible Engineering on Discovery Channel, has co-written and delivered live high-octane headline shows for tens of thousands of students at the Big Bang Fair, and recently presented at TEDxSydney in June 2018. She regularly presents public and schools lectures around the UK and further afield, including the Royal Institution, and she’s very happy to be back here for this talk.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.  

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