Professor Brian Cox OBE

Professor Brian Cox OBE

Arguably the UK’s best known physicist, Professor Brian Cox’s books and TV programmes have been read and watched around the world and credited with making science engaging and accessible to millions. With his down-to-earth, likeable enthusiasm, Brian is frequently labelled a ‘rock star scientist’. Once the keyboard player for D:Ream, he has come a long way to his position as Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University and a key part of the ATLAS and the CERN Large Hadron Collider projects.

Brian’s blockbuster TV shows include Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of Life, each looking at the fundamental science behind everything from stars and planets to atoms and microbiology. He has also presented Stargazing, Space Hoppers, The Big Bang and numerous editions of Horizon. His books accompanying the Wonders of... series have become huge bestsellers, as did his co-authored title Why Does E=mc2?

From speaking at TED in the US to World Economic Forums in Davos and China, Brian’s presentations engage, inform and entertain featuring awe-inspiring images from the depths of the universe as well as his trademark infectious enthusiasm for his subject. Alongside the story of life, the universe and everything, Brian argues that science can unite the world in an attempt to discover our shared origins. He also explains the work of CERN and their attempts to use cutting-edge technology and engineering to recreate events fractions of a nanosecond after the Big Bang “in the hope of revealing the underlying simplicity of the universe.”

An International Fellow of the Explorers Club Brian was awarded the prestigious Lord Kelvin Award for his work in promoting science to all. When not filming around the world, Brian writes for a range of newspapers and journals and co-hosts Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage, the comedy and science programme. He and his friend and co-host Robin Ince examine the big and not-so-big science questions alongside comedians, scientists and celebrities both on air and on tour. Brian also serves as the Royal Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science.

Professor Brian Cox OBE Seminars

  • Opening Keynote: Where IT and Physics Collide Wed 4th Oct 10:00 - 10:40

    Opening Keynote: Where IT and Physics Collide

    Rock star physicist and TV personality Professor Brian Cox will explore the incredible world of where science and IT collide. With the end of Moore’s Law seemingly only a few years away and the data centres powering the cloud having to expand exponentially to keep ahead of demand the current trajectory we are on seems unsustainable.


    Technologies such as IOT, artificial intelligence, and analytics are all booming and will require ever more storage, power and computing muscle. We store everything and want to analyse it, automate it and access it immediately wherever we are and so far only 40% of the world is online.


    Physics increasingly holds the answer as scientists armed with this incredible computing power work on game changing technologies such as graphene and quantum computing. Professor Cox will remove the science fiction from the science fact and help us all understand how will these technologies will impact IT and cyber security and all of us.  


    Professor Brian Cox OBE

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    Time / Place

    Wed 4th Oct 10:00 to 10:40

    IP EXPO Keynote