Through a series of workshops, short talks and panel discussions, you can uncover the stories of how physics is changing our lives. Explore examples of innovation in physics, from the cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Oxford to the technology we use in our homes. 

The event will highlight a range of exciting careers along the way and cover topics as broad as next-generation solar cells, nanomedicine and food manufacturing. Through this programme you will learn how physics moves from the lab into our lives.  

Physics: Lab to Life Day @ Kings High School: Thursday 24th June 2021 

There are three sessions in the Physics: Lab to Life programme. Each have been designed to be interactive and engaging with live quizzes, voting and Q&A. More information about the sessions below.

1. Lab to life tour

Open to all year groups, lunchtime

Take a virtual tour with Dr Alexandra Ramadan of her state-of-the-art laboratory where she is working on the next-generation of solar cells. Learn about the research and its impact on society.

Inside solar cell lab


2. Physics innovation and careers panel

Open to all year groups, 4.15pm - 5.10pm

Explore how new ideas and creativity in physics are shaping our lives. Hear more about the impact of physics in our lives from people who work in physics-related careers.

The careers and innovation panel:

  • Ingrid Berkeley, Senior Sustainability Consultant & Partner at Max Fordham 
  • Dr Holly Elbert, Clinical Scientist, NHS
  • Melissa Mitchell, MSc student in Radiation Biology, Department of Oncology, University of Oxford
  • Sneha Ramshanker, Physics student & President of OxRAM, University of Oxford's Robotics and Additive Manufacturing Society.
  • Dr Susie Wright​, Science Lead, ​Greenhouse Gas Inventory at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)​Dr Phillip Tait, Innovation and Enterprise Manager, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

There are powerful ways we can improve the performance of our buildings and reduce their impact on the planet. I love playing my part in that outcome Ingrid Berkeley

I love working with cutting edge technology. Building new tech is the most fun and coolest thing you can do! Sneha Ramshanker

High quality data is a crucial tool for tracking our progress on tackling climate change, it’s really exciting to be able to use my skills as a physicist to help provide that Susie Wright

3. My Skills My Life

Take the 'My Skills My Life' quiz to discover your personality type, and see how your skills match up to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. This interactive resource was developed by WISE to help you find a rewarding careers in STEM; where you can be happy and successful.

Year 10 students will take the quiz during lesson time on Thursday 24th June but everyone can explore quiz at home.

Aims and objectives 

Physics: Lab to Life aims to show how physics can impact on society and to highlight the range of careers available within physics that help to change peoples' lives. Physics: Lab to Life will give students, and their teachers, the opportunity to: 

  • Understand and value the impact of physics on society.
  • Explore examples of innovation in physics (e.g. within universities, start-up companies, industry and in the home). 
  • Reflect on their own skills and interests to see how they align with different careers in physics.