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The 2022 Physics Alumni Garden Party

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Marquee in the Garden
St Anne's College
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We are delighted to invite all our Department's alumni to:

The 2022 Physics Alumni Garden Party, on Saturday 2 July

(14:30hs - 17:30hs) at St Anne's College.

Please note this is a University of Oxford physics alumni and their guests only event.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the annual Garden Party, this year we are back at the beautiful gardens of St Anne's College (Woodstock Rd) and their grand marquee to host the Physics annual afternoon tea. Many of you may remember we held it there in 2015 (some images below).

Hosted by the Head of Department, Professor Ian Shipsey, this will be our first in-person event in two years, so we are giving our alumni community plenty of notice so you can all organise a visit to beautiful Oxford.

We are planning a sit down afternoon tea inside the marquee with plenty of fresh air and openings to make it as safe as possible. Further guidance and updates will follow nearer the time, and more details can be read in the booking site, details below.

Alumni are welcome to bring a guest or family, children are most welcome.

During the event, Professor Shipsey, Head of the Department (Researcher on ATLAS experiment and CMS experiment at CERN, and Henry Moseley Centenary Professor of Experimental Physics) will give a short talk, followed later by a series of short talks in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture theatre:

  • Why the Higgs is important - Professor Gavin Salam FRS, Royal Society Research Professor, Professor of Theoretical Physics and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College.
  • From the Tevatron searches to the LHC discovery - Professor Daniela Bortoletto, Head of Particle Physics Researcher on ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN.
  • The role of Higgs decays to W bosons in the 2012 discovery- Professor Chris Hays, researcher on ATLAS experiment (CERN)
  • Observing Higgs decays to b quarks in 2018 - Dr Elisabeth Schopf, researcher on ATLAS experiment (CERN)
  • First indications of a rare Higgs decay in 2020 - Dr Miha Zgubic, former Oxford physics graduate student on ATLAS experiment.

We will also have hands-on stands, the Marconi Van and beautiful gardens to enjoy.

As always, dress code is smart casual. If it is sunny we'd suggest you bring a hat.

Please note photographs and maybe videos will be taken during the day, if you do not wish to take part, let us know when you register.

To reserve your place, click on the link below, but remember when booking please use this password: PhysGarden22

Booking closes on 28 June at 12 noon UK time.

If you have any questions, get in touch with Val Crowder alumni@physics.ox.ac.uk

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Various views of St Anne's College gardens, plus some from our alumni garden party back in 2015.