SAS Lecture: The Beginning of Everything

About this event :

In this talk Dr Steve Barrett will give a brief description of the origin and the very early history of the Universe.

After the Big Bang it took about three minutes to make all the constituents of the Universe and give it a kickstart.

If this happened 13.8 billion years ago, how can we be so sure?

The Beginning and the End of Everything is the whole story as we currently understand it – from nothing, to the birth of our universe, to its ultimate fate.

Steve takes us on a rollercoaster ride through billions of light years to tell the story of the Big Bang.
13.8 billion years ago, something incredible happened. Matter, energy, space and time all suddenly burst into existence in a cataclysmic event that’s come to be known as the Big Bang. It was the birth of our universe. What started life smaller than the tiniest subatomic particle is now unimaginably vast and plays home to trillions of galaxies. The formulation of the Big Bang theory is a story that combines some of the most far-reaching concepts in fundamental physics with equally profound observations of the cosmos.

When Where Who

  • Date:  Sunday 21st July 2024,
  • Time: 7pm.
  • Speaker: Dr Steve Barrett, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool. 
  • Venue: At the Washington Wetlands Centre (discovery Room ) and Via Zoom.

Our speaker

Dr Steve Barrett, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool. 

Steve is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Physics, my research interests span all aspects of imaging, image processing and image analysis.

This includes medical imaging (biophysics), scanning probe microscopy of atoms, molecules and surfaces (nanophysics), microscopy of earth materials (geophysics) and astrophotography.

Honors & Prizes:

  • Sir Patrick Moore Prize (British Astronomical Association, 2019)
  • Greatest Contribution to the Student Experience (U Liverpool, 2017)
  • Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
  • Guild ‘Lion’ Award (Liverpool Guild of Students, 2010)
  • Institute of Physics Prize (Institute of Physics, 2007)
  • Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence (U Liverpool, 2004)



The talk will held at the Washington Wetlands Centre (Discover Room) on Sunday and will run via Zoom .
If you haven’t been in a while why not come along and show your support.


Talks at the Wetlands and via Zoom

Talks at Wetlands Centre

The SAS is planning to run this  lecture from the our base of operations Washington Wetlands Centre (in the usual Discovery Room) and via Zoom.

Suitable hand sanitisers will be located in the room and at the our observatory. 


Zoom Access

Therefore if you interested in viewing and participating (i.e. Q&A) in this month’s talk,  please send an email request to

Stating your:

  • Name
  • And if you are a member or if  you have a just a general interest in attending our lecture(s)

We will then send you details on How to join the Zoom video meeting for the SAS talk.

The requisites will be:

  • Meeting ID – 375 091 0450
  • Password Begins with “C*****”

Your host : Martin Kennedy