visit to E2V

Hello Everyone,
We will be running a visit to E2V on Monday 17th November.
This event is free to paid PhySoc members. It is on a first come first served basis and the first 14 people to message me will get a space.
Either on here or jess.physoc@gmail.com.
Bare in mind that this is an employer site visit and would be mostly beneficial to 2nd and 3rd year students. For those of you second year students wondering about whether it will clash with Thermal and Condensed. It will not. I am sorry if there is a clash with any third year classes I am not aware of your time table (would someone be able to send me one?)
Thanks you!


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce that for summer 2015 we will again offer three internship programs: RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), RISE professional and RISE worldwide. RISE has established itself as an outstanding opportunity to combine serious research with a rewarding study-abroad experience. All three programs are targeted to students from the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines.

RISE professional is designed for recent graduates, Master's and PhD students, and alumni of the RISE program who are matched with a well-known German company, where they gain insight into the professional applications of science and engineering and develop practical skills. Internships can last from one-and-a-half to six months. This program features a scholarship to cover living expenses. Online registration is currently available. To learn more about RISE professional, please visit: www.daad.de/rise-pro/en or email: rise-pro@daad.de.

Online registration and the internship database for RISE professional open on December 6th. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Also continuing this year is RISE worldwide. German students in the early stages of their studies who have the ambition to work abroad and gain hands-on research experience in their fields will be matched with researchers worldwide who wish to engage in a meaningful cooperation with a young German scholar. These German interns receive a DAAD scholarship to help cover living expenses and travel costs. Participating hosts receive invaluable assistance with their own work – they profit both professionally and personally from contact with the intern, having the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the culture, lifestyle and higher education system in Germany.

Research groups interested in hosting a German research assistant in the summer of 2015 are invited to participate in RISE worldwide and to submit project proposals at:

www.daad.de/rise-weltweit/en. The time frame for the submission of project has already begun and will close on November 30, 2014.

RISE undergrads have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research projects at top research institutions (e.g., Max-Planck-Institutes) and universities in Germany. Students are paired with German PhD students in a unique mentoring partnership to ensure immediate integration into hands on lab work and built-in social network with an excellent opportunity to develop new technical skills. RISE participants receive a scholarship to cover living expenses. To learn more about RISE, please visit: www.daad.de/rise/en or email: rise@daad.de

Online registration and the internship database for RISE open on December 6th. The application deadline is January 15, 2015.


No, Halley's Comet Is NOT 'Back Early', Because That's Impossible

No, Halley's Comet isn't coming back early.

If you were to take the word of everyone from Metro and the Independent to the Kent Courier at face value, you might think the foundations of astronomy have fallen apart.

All of those sites report that the comet - last visible in 1985/6, and which isn't scheduled to shine brightly in the sky above Earth until 2061 - has decided to turn back.

This would be a time-bending, astronomy-shattering event and would probably force a renaming of the comet, since Halley was only given that honour for proving that the comet's appearance could be accurately predicted once every 75 years.

It hasn't turned back. It just hasn't.

As all of those sites reluctantly point out, it's not the comet's current position but remnants of its trail through which Earth is about to intersect.

That trail of rocky ice, gas and other particles is strewn across the solar system, and could result in a relatively minor meteor shower.

The resultant 'Orionid' meteors will burn up 60km above the Earth on 21-22 October, at a maximum rate of about one every two minutes.

Meanwhile the comet is still 47 years away from passing above the Earth.

For reference, here's a diagram of its current position. It's almost as far away from the sun as it's possible for the comet to get, which is something in the region of 30 times the distance of the sun to the Earth.

Membership Fees

Hey guys,

Please remember to pay your membership fees ASAP I promise it will be worth it. We will have a cut off date for this soon and I'll let you know when I know.

Here is the link:


Also, a few of the emails I sent out with the newsletter bounced back to me so I guess some of the emails were decoded wrong, if you didn't receive it then feel free to send your email address to Jess.physoc@gmail.com and I'll add you to the list!

Jess x