Content Timeline


Wednesday 24th June

Session 1: Radiation Shielding

  • Talk by Miss Jaimie Platt, PhD student at the University of Liverpool
  • Talk by Mrs Jess Heaps, Health Physicist (radiation protection) at Rolls Royce Submarines
  • Try a virtual experiment to study the attenuation of gamma radiation in materials
  • Radiation shielding quiz

Session 2: Nuclear Shapes and Sizes

  • Talk by Prof Bradley Cheal, Professor at the University of Liverpool
  • Talk by Dr Liam Gaffney, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  • Use our interactive map to discover where nuclear physics researchers do their experiments and independent research about the facilities
  • Nuclear Shapes and sizes quiz

Careers Showcase

  • Dr Andrew Petts, Reactor Physicist, EDF Hartlepool


Wednesday 1st July

Session 3: Nuclear Instability

  • Talk by Prof Rodi Herzberg, Professor at the University of Liverpool
  • Investigate the decay equation
  • Nuclear Instability quiz

Session 4: Nuclear Medicine

  • Talk by Dr Amina Powell, Medical Physicist at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals
  • Talk by Dr Laura Harkness-Brennan, Reader at the University
  • Discover how much radiation dose is received in different medical procedures
  • Test your knowledge in our online quiz

Careers Showcase

  • Dr Lucy McAreavey, Medical Physicist, Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Dr Jonathan Wright, Physicist, Cavendish Nuclear
  • Dr AJ Mitchell, Researcher, ANU
  • Dr Chantal Nobs, Radiometric Researcher, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy



Wednesday 8th July

Session 5: Gamma Radiation and the Inverse Square Law

  • Talk by Dr Ren Cooper, Deputy Head of the Applied Nuclear Physics Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Talk by Miss Olivia Voyce, PhD student at the University of Liverpool
  • Undertake a virtual experiment to study the inverse square law
  • Use your knowledge of the inverse square law to design the geometry of a gamma detection measurement
  • Model answers will be returned for the virtual experiments from session 1 “Radiation Shielding”.

Session 6: Essay Competition

Talks with competition rules, guidance on the essay topics and tips for writing by:

  • Dr Laura Harkness-Brennan, Reader at the University of Liverpool
  • Dr Helen Vaughan, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool

Careers showcase

  • Dr James Cocks, President Detection and Measurement Division Americas, Mirion
  • Dr Carl Unsworth, Software Engineer, STFC Daresbury Lab
  • Dr Kevin Tree, Gen2 Lecturer in Nuclear Related Technologies
  • Dr Mike Slee, Gamma Spectrometrist, Jacobs



Wednesday 22nd July

Masterclass Ends

  • Deadline for essay competition
  • Last day to access the masterclass material!
  • Model answers returned for the virtual experiments from session 5 Gamma Radiation and the “Inverse Square Law”