7:00 AM07:00

Chaos goes to CERN! - (SOLD OUT)


We are finally living up to what we tell the freshers: CHAOS IS GOING TO CERN!

WHAT: A 3 day trip to the Geneva and CERN, visiting the LHC and other facilities with some time to explore the city. (Flights and accommodation inc.) 
WHO: All those who had lost hope we'd ever actually do it.
WHEN: 8th – 10th June 2018

Hold onto all of your excitement for particle physics and save the dates, you'll hear from us again soon with details! Head over to the Facebook event for more information!

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6:00 PM18:00

CHAOS Talks: Simon Clark


Chaos Talks: Simon Clark, PhD Student and YouTuber

Interested in YouTube or Climate Science?

Simon Clark is a PhD student at the University of Exeter conducting research into climate science and also runs a popular YouTube channel producing interesting scientific videos. 

In this talk Simon Clark will cover his progression as a YouTuber and how his studies and research have helped him produce entertaining and informative content on science in pop culture, vlogging the life of a PhD Student, and even the recent cold weather we have been having.

Check out Simon Clark's YouTube Channel and the Facebook event below.

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6:00 PM18:00

Industry Month: Evening 2


CHAOS Presents: Industry Month
Evening 2

In continuation of Industry Month, Chaos is bringing you a range of talks from different industries in hopes of broadening your career prospects. This is an exciting opportunity to network and explore your options beyond what you may have already considered as a job after uni.

Time and Location:
Tuesday 27th February, Mott Lecture Theatre
6pm - 7:30pm with drinks/networking afterwards
Free entry/ No ticket required

Speaker: Francesco Gambioli - Airbus
"Fuel Loads in Large Civil Airplanes"

The research on fuel loads at the Airbus Loads department will be put in context with the broader view and needs of the aerospace sloshing community. The application of a novel methodology for free surface modeling, developed in partnership with the University of Cape Town will be presented. An overview of the “Validation and Verification” process undergone by the method will be shown, with comparison of numerical simulation and experimental results. Further analysis of dynamic loads on the walls of fuel containers will be discussed for certain cases of interest for large aircraft. The industrial applications of a Reduced Order Model (ROM) developed to cover the design space of the fuel tanks will also be presented.

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6:00 PM18:00

Industry Month: Evening 1


CHAOS Presents: Industry Month
Evening 1

Over the coming weeks Chaos is bringing you a range of talks from different industries in hopes of broadening your career prospects. This is an exciting opportunity to network and explore your options beyond what you may have already considered as a job after uni.

Don't miss the first evening:
Tuesday 20th February, Mott Lecture Theatre
6pm - 7:30pm with drinks/networking afterwards
Free entry/ No ticket required

Speaker 1: Chris Hole - TTP
Development and Application of New Technology
“Using novel droplet generation technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the UK’s gas network”

TTP is a specialist technology development company that works across a wide range of physics and engineering to provide customers with technology and product solutions to their real world problems and opportunities. The talk will give some idea of our breadth, which runs from satellite communications to medical devices, but will focus particularly on a project we are currently working on to reduce methane leaks from the gas grid for Cadent Gas (formally part of National Grid). Fugitive gas emissions are a problem across Western Europe and the Eastern United States where pipes, originally installed over 100 years ago, leak at the joints between pipe sections. Because of methane’s strong greenhouse gas effect leakage reductions here will have a meaningful impact on the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker 2: Nick Hopps - AWE
National Defence
"Laser technology for the Orion Facility at AWE"

The Orion Laser Facility at AWE Aldermaston represents our capability to undertake High Energy Density Physics experiments in support of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. It undertakes a large range of experiments including high temperature opacity, material strength under high pressures, equation of state of warm dense matter, etc. Up to 15% of operational time supports independently chosen campaigns for the UK academic community.

This talk will describe the laser technology that drives these experiments. Ten ‘long pulse beam lines’ each deliver up to 500J in around 1ns at 351nm. In addition, two ‘short pulse beam lines’ can each deliver up to 500J in less than 1ps with focal intensity if ~1021Wcm-2. One of the short pulse beams has been converted to the second harmonic at large aperture, which yields world-leading temporal contrast. This combination enables great flexibility in experimental capabilities.

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12:30 PM12:30

CHAOS Goes To: The Diamond Light Source


Chaos is going to The Diamond Light Source!

Think optical physics is boring? Think again! Come with us to explore The UK's National Synchrotron facility and hear from world leading researchers and their work studying a wide range of real world applications of physics.
So brighten up the end of your January by coming to The Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire!

30 Tickets available now!
£13 (members) and £16 (non-members)

12:30pm: Meet in the Physics foyer
12:45pm - 2:15pm: Coach Departs for The Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire
2:15pm - 4:45pm: Talks and tours of the facilities
5:00pm - 6:30pm: Coach leaves The Diamond Light Source
For More information on Diamond Light Source click below:

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6:00 PM18:00

Dr Ole Steuernagel - A Geometric View of Dynamics in Quantum Phase Space


On the 7th December Dr Ole Steuernagel  will be coming to give a talk titled:  'A Geometric View of Dynamics in Quantum Phase Space'.

With a research position at Hertfordshire, Dr Steuernagel has strong interest the foundations of quantum physics. This underpins his research into Wigner’s quantum phase space current, which governs Wigner’s phase space distribution - a method of representing all states of a system together. 

Dr Ole Steuernagel’s talk will take a look at his research into this property and its applications.

No tickets are required to attend this event!

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7:50 PM19:50

Chaos Goes Ice Skating

  • We The Curious Ice Rink / The Apple (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHAT: A social event starting with Ice skating followed by a trip to The Apple Pub for a drink and a laugh.
WHO: People who want to re-enact that question about friction on an ice rink that always comes up in mechanics text books.
WHERE: We The Curious Ice Rink/The Apple.
WHEN: 7:50pm(to get on the ice for 8pm) on Thursday 30rd November.

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6:00 PM18:00

Gillian Gehring - My Life as a Physicist

  • Mott Lecture Theatre - Physics Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On the 16th November Emeritus Prof. Gillian Gehring of Sheffield University will be coming to give a talk titled:  'My Life as a Physicist'.

Gillian Gehring is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. To date the only woman to have held a position of Professor of Physics at Sheffield and the second woman ever in the UK to hold a professorship in Physics.

Unusually for physicists, Gillian has contributed greatly to both experimental and theoretical projects and as a result is a distinguished international research leader in magnetism. Her work now focuses on magnetism and orbital ordering, particularly in oxides and has active international collaborations with groups in the USA, Russia, China, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. 

Gillian has been an unwavering advocate for women in science and has tirelessly campaigned for gender equality in the sciences nationally and internationally. She was awarded the OBE in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to Physics and to Equal Opportunities. As well as this she was awarded honorary membership of the Institute of Physics and the Mott Medal for her seminal contributions to magnetism.

No tickets are required to attend this event!

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11:45 AM11:45

Chaos goes to JET! (Joint European Torus) (SOLD OUT)

  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever wanted to see a fusion reactor kiddos? Been sticking those sweet sweet fusion reactor pictures on your wall? Now it's your chance! 

On Oct 25th we'll be taking a coach to Oxford's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, where we get to tour around the JET facility and also receive a talk from the scientists who work there.

This event is open for members and non-members of Chaos and they'll cost £14 and £17 respectively. There's only 30 places available so get your ticket promptly. 

Trip itinerary:
11:45 Coach leaves from H H Wills Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue
13:30 Arrive on site & pick up passes
13:45-14:30 Introductory talk
14:30-14:40 Walking time
14:40-15:50 Tour of JET facility
15:50-16:00 Walking time
16:00 Depart from site
16:15 Coach leaves JET to return to Tyndall Avenue

Coach journey either way is roughly an hour and a half. 

1) All visitors will need to bring photo ID (passport/driving license)
2) Every visitors must wear covered shoes (no sandals etc)
3) Each coach journey is about 1hr 30mins long.


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6:00 PM18:00

Stargazing Introduction

Given the unpredictability of the weather recently, it’s tricky to say when would be a good day for observing. That’s why, on Wednesday the 18th we’ll be meeting in Mott at 6pm to show you all the telescope and answer some questions about astronomy at Bristol, and then hopefully head outside!

If it’s cloudy, we’ll still be doing the indoor part and then on later days if it looks like an evening is particularly clear we’ll let you all know on the Facebook page with at least half a day’s notice.
See you there!

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7:00 PM19:00

PhysQuiz 2017

Come along to Enderby this Thursday evening for a night of Pizza, Puns and Prizes! This quiz is a great place to meet up with your Physics Family if you haven't had much chance yet, but it's open to everyone, 1st year to 4th, Chaos Member or not, so bring friends new and old!

See you soon!


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to Sep 26

CHAOS Fresher's Bar Crawl

It’s finally here; the event that kicks off every physicist’s social calendar. The irreplaceable, the unmissable, the legendary… FRESHER’S BAR CRAWL! The one event that reminds returners that they are still capable of having fun despite their old age, and introduces young and naïve freshers into the city and the wonders of physics.

Click here for more information.

Like always, members benefit from cheaper tickets, so what are you waiting for? Get your membership here now!


Lots of love, the CHAOS Committee xxx

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4:30 PM16:30

Chaos Parenting Scheme

Hey everyone! We hope you’re as excited as us for term to start, but before all of that we’d like to make sure you don't miss out on our parenting scheme. Here are the forms you need to fill in if you want to get involved with your very own physics family:

For prospective children: http://bit.ly/2xQsmmG
For prospective parents: http://bit.ly/2wHoQMO

For the Facebook event click here.

"But why should I sign up for a physics family?" (says you, maybe)

Some compelling reasons for freshers to sign up:

- First year can be a bit of a jump from A-levels, and your "parents" have been there and done that.
- Struggling with a problem sheet? No idea how much to write in your lab book? Chaos parents are second and third years, so they can give support and advice about the course.

- Moving to a new city, with new people and places can also be daunting. Chaos parents can be really useful to ease the transition into student life.
- Chaos host popular "family" events which quickly break the ice. Also, after a couple of years in Bristol, your parents should know all the best pubs/clubs/restaurants by now! So feel free to ask about anything not academic too.

- Chaos is committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment from the very start. Sometimes other students are just easier to talk to than staff.
- While the parenting scheme isn't an official support service, Chaos parents can signpost to Bristol University's existing support services

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7:00 PM19:00

Graduation BBQ

It's OVER! You've finally finished your physics degree, and now all you want is a Racks BBQ, some sunshine, and lots of alcohol. Guess what, you're in luck! Come to this graduation party, eat lots of delicious food, and feel the weight of three/four years of constant soul-crushing physics slowly lift off your shoulders. You are finally FREE!

Event: https://goo.gl/xhmHRE
Ticket price: £12 @ https://goo.gl/IoQC8Z

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to Feb 11

CHAOS goes to SWX w/ PUB trip

Join Chaos go our first social event of the year heading first to the pub and then onto SWX later on for a night of DJ Dean Mac and SWX antics. 

First stop → Spoons (The Berkeley)
Second stop → SWX

Tickets: https://goo.gl/JMYbHh

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6:00 PM18:00

Chaos Careers - A free panel event

Hi guys! You may have heard of this before but Chaos is organizing a careers event for all of you who aren’t sure what to do after your physics degree, and all of you who know exactly what you want to do but would quite like to have a chat about it to someone doing it right now. To double the fun, all of the speakers are Bristol graduates or work in Bristol now!


The event would be in 2 parts :

  1. The speakers present themselves, talk about what they’re doing and answer all of your questions

  2. Everyone has a nice time networking with refreshments and a less formal atmosphere


So far, we have :

  • Tomas Poffley, Economic Analyst at National Grid

  • Beth Cotterell, works at @Bristol

  • Josh Levy-Kramer, Data Scientist

  • Jasper Bone, Ice-cream seller and former bread scientist in Australia

  • Christian Gilson, works at Winton Capital

  • Furqaan Yusaf, Lecturer at Bristol University


This is a great opportunity for you to explore all your career options even if you are a 1st year and feel like you’ve got YEAAAAAARS ahead to decide what to do (Spoiler alert : you don’t) and even if you are a postgrad and feel like it’s too late to change now (Spoiler alert 2 : it’s not).


The event is FREE for EVERYONE (yeay) but you need to book a ticket on the SU page as there are limited spaces available, using this link : https://goo.gl/wld0ed

Facebook event page: https://goo.gl/i8xFNd

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to Nov 15

The Atoms Family - BED@Analog

So the coolest kids on the block have joined forces to hit up Bunker! (I mean, Analog, but it'll always be bunker in our hearts).

Start the night with pres at your family and then roll on out to the Berkeley at 10:30 where you unorganised lot might still be able to pick up some tickets for Bunker (no promises)

We'll then get to Bunker for 11:30, where we'll glide past the queue with our priority entry.

Tickets are at a discounted price of £4 which you can buy online here:
Fusion: https://goo.gl/wY5N7R
Chaos: https://goo.gl/uZ6Ne2
Matrix: https://goo.gl/OjtXzO

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7:30 PM19:30

Planetarium and Pub - Exclusive 3D Double Show

On Tuesday 8th of November Chaos is heading to @bristol's planetarium for a double 3D showing including an exclusive never seen before show. After the show, we'll be heading to the Greenhouse pub, where we've secured 25% off for everyone coming to the show!

Grab a ticket from the SU and join us for what will be a great evening (http://www.bristolsu.org.uk/groups/chaos-physics/events)

Winter Stargazing 3D
-Using the most advanced Planetarium in the UK, a presenter will guide you around the Winter night sky for an unforgettable adventure.

We are Stars 3D
-We are Stars is an immersive science documentary. The film explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connects life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe.

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Freshers Family Quiz
7:00 PM19:00

Freshers Family Quiz

Got to know your Physics family yet? Wish there was some way to show that yours is the best (with a prize to prove it), while also enjoying delicious pizza and other tasty snacks? Well then come along to the Freshers Family Quiz!

All welcome, but Chaos family teams are encouraged.

Enderby Room (underneath Powell) at 7pm, October 6th.

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CHAOS Freshers Bar Crawl
to Sep 30

CHAOS Freshers Bar Crawl

The time has come my dear friends. The first physics social event of the year. The sacred freshers bar crawl. An event that welcomes back the mature bristolians, while throwing open arms to those new to this wonderful subject and city.

Expect everything you could ever wish for!

It's simple, a route of three pubs and a club, where we all meet at the end. 
The Chaos Bar Crawl is one event NOT TO MISS - where else will you find so many physicists breaking the stereotype!?

There will be TWO routes

Greenhouse(8:00) -> White Harte(9:00) -> The Berkeley(10:00) -> Lola Lo(11:00)

WG grace(8:00) -> Alterego(9:00) -> The Berkeley(10:00) -> Lola Lo(11:00) 

TICKETS available from the SU website (under events on the left hand menu) and come in the form of a T-shirt. I know right, a free PREMIUM chaos T-shirt along with your ticket is crazy good. Tickets get you DRINK DEALS, cheaper entry to Lola Los at the end and help keep the herd together. T-shirts will be available to collect at uni from one of the committee (to be confirmed) or on the night at the start of the event. Tickets for this event, like all of our events, are CHEAPER for Chaos members, so get your 100 years membership now!!

**Lola Lo entry not included, but rather at a discounted rate**

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to Jun 6

Graduation Party

To celebrate you all making it through your degrees we are having a barbecue at Racks Bar in Clifton. There will be a free arrival drink and more cake than you can eat and of course liquid nitrogen ice-cream (it isn't really a physics event without it). There will be a DJ who is super happy to take requests all night and a graduation book for you to wish all your friends well for the future. The evening will end at Manos cocktail bar on the triangle, which will be open until the wee hours.

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3:30 PM15:30

Airhop Takeover

In conjunction with Matrix and Fusion, Chaos have booked out Airhop (the world's largest trampoline park, apparently) for a session!

What better way to distress in the middle of a packed term than to jump around on trampolines, try to pull off a 360 basketball dunk, or wage war on your fellow scientists on the dodgeball courts and gladiator pits? (spoiler alert: there isn't a better way)

Location: Airhop Trampoline Park

Tickets are cheaper than normal (because we love you), and can be purchased on from the Union website.
The number 1 and 2 buses get you most of the way there (Map Link).

Be there or don't be in mid air (that was awful, sorry) ;)

You will need special trampoline socks to bounce. If you have a pair from a previous visit to Airhop, that's great. If not, please buy the socks product on the union website, and we'll sort everyone out when we get there!

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to Mar 1

Fusion v Matrix v Chaos

Get ready for our first joint social of the year!

Drinking games and competitions in the Brass Pig from 9pm onwards. When everyone is suitably beveraged, we'll head to Bunker for a massive Chemistry v Maths v Physics tug of war round robbin!

Start preeing with your families before (organise this with your kids) and if you don't have a family but want one, join a friend's!

More details to come. Stay tuned.

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