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Brighton MP praises Sussex scientist’s "cutting edge" research

Caroline Lucas MP (left) with physicist Dr Amy Gardner in the laboratory, looking at lasers and vacuum systems.

Caroline Lucas has praised the work of a University of Sussex scientist as "cutting edge" and "mind-expanding".

The Brighton Pavilion MP said the work of Dr Amy Gardner was ground-breaking, and applauded the University for its "pioneering, scientific research".    

Ms Lucas’s comments came during a visit to the University’s Falmer campus after being invited to a presentation of Dr Gardner’s work on how to reveal the secrets of the universe.

Dr Gardner’s research probes the very small areas of physics, such as atoms and molecules, and uses lasers and specialised equipment in an effort to answer some of the biggest questions in physics.

During the presentation Ms Lucas, who studied English at university, was shown around Dr Gardner’s laboratory, viewed the latest technology such as lasers and vacuum systems, and had some of the theories behind mind-boggling quantum technology explained.

Ms Lucas said: “That was absolutely mind expanding and fascinating. I’ve never been in a laboratory like that before. It’s a completely different world, but must be so rewarding for Amy and everyone who works there. The research being carried out is really cutting edge and ground-breaking.”

Earlier this year, Dr Gardner entered a ‘STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for Britain’ competition to present her work to MPs in Parliament on a poster she designed.

She was one of only 40 STEM early-career academics in physics throughout the country invited to display their work in the House of Commons.

Unfortunately Ms Lucas couldn’t attend the presentation as it clashed with the Brexit vote on Article 50. So Dr Gardner sent the MP a special invite to a private viewing at the University.

Ms Lucas, who increased her seat majority at the recent general election, added: “Seeing the poster today and then being shown round the lab really helped put everything into context. It’s very exciting to see that Sussex is a pioneer in this area.”

Dr Gardner said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to present my work to someone as influential as Caroline, and to highlight some of the scientific research that is being conducted at the University.

“I’m really happy that Caroline was able to visit the lab and meet some of the hardworking students and staff behind the science. I hope that she enjoyed glimpsing single atoms, and even having a go at controlling them!”

Posted on behalf of: Department of Physics and Astronomy
Last updated: Wednesday, 5 July 2017


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