Happy Birthday, Ogden Centre

29Apr08

I’ve been buried in writing for a while now, but this week there’s a lot of buzz about the Ogden Centre celebrating its fifth birthday. Here’s the blurb from the IPPP news page:

A little over five years ago, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University. The Ogden Centre hosts two world leading research groups, the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. The work of these groups lies right at the cutting edge of  basic physics research, addressing key questions about the Universe, from  the perspectives of very large and very small scales.

The Ogden Centre has been a tremendous success, providing an exciting and stimulating environment in which researchers from all over the world can attack the most fundamental questions about the Universe.

To mark five years of the Ogden Centre, we are planning a series of special events, which will take place on Wednesday 30 April 2008.  In the afternoon, speakers from the IPPP and ICC will address ‘The Universe: Five Key Questions’. The Ogden Centre’s 5th Anniversary Celebration Dinner later that evening will include an address by Lord Rees of Ludlow, the President of the Royal Society.

The centre really is a special place and plays a big role in connecting the UK’s particle theorist and experimentalists, and I’ve been very fortunate to have been a part of it for the past year. (Yes … it’s getting close to the time to say goodbye!)

In an unrelated event adding to the celebrations of the week, this Thursday John Ellis will be giving his talk “Gaugin’s questions in particle physics” for Durham’s 2008 Rochester Lecture. He gave this talk at the EPS HEP meeting last summer, and some of you might recall that I pointed out that before Professor Ellis I’d previously used Gaugin’s famous Tahitian painting `Who are we…‘ as an allegory to physics.  (I used the painting in a graphic for the RS1 model.)

Finally, a snapshot from last Saturday evening by the Durham cathedral:

The license plate reads: HI2 GGS. Does this mean Higgs doublet? Two higgs doublet model? Is this Peter Higgs’ car? It should be. Photo courtesy of my flatmate’s mobile phone… thanks Jon.



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