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OU Fusion - the Open University Physics and Astronomy Society

Affiliated to the Institute of Physics

Welcome to Fusion

FUSION is the Open University Physics & Astronomy society. We were formed in 2001 by students who recognised the need to create a society for OU students and graduates whose primary interest is in physics & astronomy. We have over 150 members many of whom are studying at various levels of the physical sciences study program. We organise regular events of interest to members, have a regular newsletter, a Facebook group. We welcome current and past students or anyone with a general interest in physics and astronomy.

You can keep up with all the latest on this website, or via our Facebook page. We'd love to hear what you think about the website too! To contact us, click here.

Messages from the committee

  • Fusion T-shirts and Sweatshirts
  • Due to a technical glitch, there are a couple of errors on our merchandise page which we have not been able to eliminate. Firstly, the page lists large Maxwell T-shirts as being in stock, when in fact they are not. Also the page does not include Fusion sweatshirts, which we do have. You can order sweatshirts direct from us (i.e. not via the merchandise page); we have a good range in black, navy and grey, and sizes from small to xxlarge. Price: £15 each. To order, email us.
  • Articles for the FUSION Newsletter
  • Invitations are invited from ANY Fusion member (or associates or friends of members) who would like to contribute an original (previously unpublished) article, quiz, puzzle etc to the next Fusion Newsletter. Any theme remotely related to the interests of this Group or Society would be welcome. Please consult the editor if you are unsure about a topic. For enquiries and submissions email the editor, Nigel Patterson.

    All authors of published contributions will receive a free FUSION sweatshirt!

Events and Links

Physics and Astronomy events near you

"The physics behind Olympic sports" - a talk in Derby on 20 June by Stephen Till, commencing at 19:00. For details click here.

"The Future History of the Universe" - a talk in Pontypridd on 2 August by Professor Geraint Lewis, commencing at 19:00. For details click here.

More coming soon!

For a complete list of forthcoming IOP events in various locations around the UK, click here.

Reports of talks: If you attend a physics talk that you enjoy, how about writing it up for the Fusion newsletter? See the panel on the left for contact details.

Click here for a video of a talk by Dr Meganne Christian (UK & ESA astronaut) at a recent "Moon Night" event at the OU.

See our Facebook page for other events and news

If you are interested in any Fusion events, or wish to arrange an event, please contact Dwyn for further details and to book a place .

Newsletter: The latest Fusion newsletter (vol. 22 no. 2) has been distributed. The previous five issues of the newsletter are available here (click to download):

Summer 2020; Autumn 2021; Summer 2022; Summer 2023; Winter 2023-24.

As always, our Editor would welcome contributions from Fusion members. Click here to email the Editor.

Useful links:

Open University Astronomy Club
Institute of Physics
IOP University Student Committee
Open University School of Physical Sciences
Open University Students' Association
OUSA shop (for free availability of past exam papers)
Open University Space Society
Feynman Lectures
International Association of Physics Students (IAPS)
Susan J Fowler Blog
Learning How to Learn MOOC