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From Mars to the Multiverse

Published: 28 June 2013

Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees will be giving the keynote lecture at the launch of the University of Southampton’s new pioneering Southampton Theory Astrophysics and Gravity (STAG) Research Centre.

Lord Rees will be discussing the cosmic history and the key parameters of our universe and he will explain how these are being pinned down by experimental data, especially that from the European Space Agency's Planck Spacecraft.

He will be taking to the stage at Turner Sims, at the University of Southampton on Monday 23 September at 2.30pm as part of a special event to celebrate the launch of the STAG Research Centre.

The Centre brings together world-leading academics from three research groups - Particle Physics, Astronomy and General Relativity - to explore issues of fundamental physics and astronomy.

STAG Deputy Director, Professor Kostas Skenderis, said "We are honoured to have such an esteemed keynote speaker for the launch of STAG. Lord Rees has had a long and prestigious career in the field of astronomy and was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. His stimulating lecture is the first in what we hope will be a series of high profile research seminars organised by STAG and will ensure that the launch of the new Centre is a truly memorable occasion."

To find out more about the STAG Research Centre and the launch event visit

Visitor parking is not available on the Highfield Campus for this event, however parking is available at Avenue Campus, which is a 1o minute walk to Turner Sims. A limited number of parking permits are available for Avenue Campus and can be requested by contacting Carol Mapstone at

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