Dermot gives Plenary talk at POSMOL, Notre Dame, USA

POSMOL 2023, held in Notre Dame University, South Bend Indiana, USA combined the XXI International Workshop on Low-Energy Positron and Positronium Physics and the XXIII International Symposium on Electron-Molecule Collisions and Swarms.

Dermot gave the EPJD sponsored Plenary talk on his group’s work on “Many-body theory of positron-molecule interactions”.

Group member Dr David Waide successfully defends his PhD viva and graduates!

Our group member Dr David Waide, co-supervised by Dermot and Gleb Gribakin, successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Many-body theory of positron interactions with atoms and atomic clusters”.

Congratulations Dr Waide!

Left: Dr Connor Ballance (internal examiner), Dr David Waide, and Dr Mark Law (University of Aberdeen, external examiner)

Here’s a photo from graduation day, with Dermot

Dr David Waide and one of his PhD supervisors Dr Dermot Green, graduation day for School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast, 4th July 2023

Community physics: mutual engagement between physicists and young people not in education, employment or learning on Springboard programme.

Dermot had the pleasure to be part of a 3-day scheme that brought together about 20 young people (15-21 year olds) not in education, employment or training who are part of an inclusive and cross community Springboard/Belong programme for mutual engagement with a small number of physicists.

As well as jumping into the numerous activities and helping explain physics demonstrations, Dermot discussed the barriers he faced (as a Belfast-born first-generation University student) to his entry into physics, who physicists are and what they do, and listened to the stories the young people had to tell.

Springboard is a charity “committed to building a society that develops and strengthens capacity, promotes citizenship, better values diversity and encourages mutual respect”.

The event was facilitated by the cohension and integration network “Belong”

Dermot inducted into the Young Academy of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy

On Tuesday 25th April Dermot was inducted into the new Young Academy of Ireland at the beautiful Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, as one of the first 40 members from across society representing academia, the arts, business and finance, policy experts etc.

Dermot found the founding members, all leaders in their own rights, mightily impressive, and is looking forward to creating the work programme and collaborating with them for the next 4 years, to provide a voice for change and work across disciplines to tackle many issues facing today’s society.

Dermot hosts NI Science Festival keynote speaker, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock at a sold-out MAC theatre in Belfast.

Dermot, as Chair of IOP Ireland, had the great pleasure of hosting and introducing renowned space scientist and professional science communicator and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock for her keynote talk at the 2023 Northern Ireland Science Festival to a sold out MAC theatre Belfast. Dermot was accompanied on stage for the introduction by his 5-year old daughter.

The IOP Ireland supported the event in partnership with the NISF. It was a fantastic event: Maggie spoke beautifully addressing key questions of astrophysics detailed in her latest book “Am I made of Stardust”, and we had many excellent questions from the budding scientists in the packed audience. Maggie also kindly spent time afterwards signing her new book.

Space scientist, science communicator and presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, with Dermot and his daughter at the keynote Northern Ireland Science Festival talk “Am I made of Stardust”

Dermot and his daughter hosted and introduced Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock for the keynote Northern Ireland Science Festival event “Am I made of Stardust”
A sold-out MAC Theatre in Belfast!

Dermot selected as a first member of the Young Academy of Ireland

From the Royal Irish Academy website

The YAI consists of forty members (23 women; 17 men) from Ireland and Northern Ireland including researchers, academics, scientists, innovators, clinicians, economists, and professionals who have each made a significant contribution to their field and beyond their individual disciplines. Members represent a multi-disciplinary platform from the Life Sciences, Physical, Engineering, and Computer Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Technology. 

The YAI aims to provide a “voice for change” and  “empower talented, emerging leaders and future leaders” to “tackle important issues and challenges in society and promote meaningful change.”

Dermot is also a Fellow of The Young Academy of Europe, and Chair of Institute of Physics Ireland.

Dermot joins CCEA Subject Advisory Panel in Physics

Dermot has joined the CCEA (Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment) Northern Ireland subject advisory panel for Physics.

The advisory group provides advice and guidance to CCEA on subject areas. This includes specification content and, following accreditation, implementation of specifications, which in turn supports the validity and rigour of specified qualifications; and consideration of the wider curriculum domain, including assessment.

Dermot joins as a Higher Education representative who is a specialist within a subject relevant to the specification or specifications.