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Interfaces between science and society, particles and light

Transactions in science and society

Professor Sir John Pendry FRS is a chair in Theoretical solid state physics at Imperial College London, Professor Pedro Miguel Echenique is Professor of Physics at the University of the Basque Country and Dr Philip Campbell is the Editor-in-chief of Nature Journal.
■Professor Pedro Miguel Echenique’s work has led to a deeper understanding of how particles that make up solid bodies interact with particle beams, key in understanding what occurs in scanning tunnelling microscopes.
■Sir John Pendry’s exploration of the interactions between light and materials – optics – has led to a new class of materials, metamaterials, which may even lead to an ‘invisibility cloak’.
■As Editor in Chief of Nature, Dr Philip Campbell leads a major institution in science that shines light on research and the research process, and enables interactions between research communities and wider society.

Using the physicists’ research as a starting point, we explore their perspectives on the interfaces of science and society, and its development.

This event is one of a series organised in conjunction with the Prince of Asturias Foundation, and offers a public preview of the “Transactions: Spain in the history of the Royal Society” exhibition.


Dr Philip Campbell | talks
Professor Pedro Echenique | talks
Sir John Pendry FRS | talks


Date and Time:

24 April 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



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