Bolton School Senior Girls

Explore the Dark Side of the Universe at Talk

Most of our universe is missing! When we look into the night sky we realise there is much more out there than meets the eye. Our universe is filled with mysterious dark matter, whose gravity provides the cosmic glue that holds it together, and dark energy which is slowly tearing the universe apart. It seems that darkness rules.

This free, public talk hosted at Bolton School will turn to the dark side of the Universe. Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, will reveal the nature of the dark stuff, explain how we know it is there and explore what it does. The event will take place on Monday 29 April 2019 at 7.00pm.

Pete is an experienced science communicator who co-ordinates the outreach programme of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics at Durham University. The aim of the programme is to use the science that we do in the North East to engage and enthuse school children and the wider community, and stimulate their interest. In a former life Pete was a secondary school teacher, before undertaking research in various areas including gamma ray astronomy and astroparticle physics.

He now spends his time talking to anybody who will listen about physics. He toured the UK in 2006 delivering the Institute of Physics Schools’ Lecture ‘Gravity, Gas and Stardust’ and he continues to provide regular talks for schools and community groups around the UK.

This free event is open to the public and will take place in the Girls’ Division Great Hall on Monday 29th April 2019, beginning at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available beforehand from 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the Girls’ Division Quad, which will be clearly signposted on the night.

Event Contact: Mr B Ickringill, Academic Enrichment Coordinator for the Sciences (

This event is part of an ongoing series Arts and Sciences Enrichment Lectures hosted by the Girls' Division. Click here to view the full programme of events for 2018/19.

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