Reading Geek Night – Tuesday 11th April 2017

You can find us upstairs: The Walkabout: Wiston Terrace (off Friar Street) Reading RG1 1DG

Also be aware of some great food and drink deals before 7pm at the

Walkabout (50% OFF MONDAY TO THURSDAY 5PM TO 7PM). #happyhour:-)

Theme: Physics and the future

  • 8:00pm Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:05pm Software for the Large Hadron Collider (Stewart Martin-Haugh – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory/CERN)
  • 8:35pm Networking & beers
  • 9:00pm Short announcements/updates*
  • 9:05pm First light, then fusion: a journey into science (Peta Foster – First Light Fusion)
  • 9:45pm End (Networking and beers downstairs)

Usual format is to gather from 7:30pm and commence the talks at 8:00pm. Talks are 20-25 mins with breaks in between of 15-20mins for networking and beer.

*Before the second session there is an opportunity for any short announcements so please let us know on the night if you would like a slot or 1-2mins.

Additional descriptions :

First light, then fusion: a journey into science:

Ever wondered what light is? How does the sun make light and how does it get to us on earth? Dr Peta Foster found herself on a journey into the world of physics driven by the curiosity these question evoked. It led her to study for her MPhys in physics at York University, and then swayed her decision to follow this with job as a physicist developing Gemini, the world’s highest intensity duel beam laser system. Here, Peta was able to explore some of the most extreme states of matter generated on earth using high intensity laser-plasma experiments. Her curiosity about light led to her diagnosing, characterising and enhancing high power laser pulses through her research into ultra-fast optical switches for which she was awarded her PhD in 2014 from Queens University Belfast.

Today, Peta is a senior experimental research scientist at First Light Fusion Ltd, where she is researching how to harness the energy mechanism powering the sun, Fusion energy, in the hope of turning the dream of clean and abundant fusion energy into a reality.

Peta tells the story of her journey into science, presents some of the interesting research she has been involved with along the way and talks about why Fusion energy development is so important in keeping the lights on into the future.

Look forward to seeing you there!

(Don’t forget @BurritoHQ have a great deal for #rdggeek – beer and burrito £7.50 if you mention this event)

If you are interested in giving a talk at an upcoming event please contact us via twitter: @RDGGeekNight, Facebook or email us: talks [at]


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