Opening Plenary

Dr. Suzie Sheehy

Accelerator Physicist
Royal Society University Research Fellow
University of Oxford 

Dr. Suzie Sheehy’s research focuses on developing new particle accelerators for future applications in areas such as medicine and energy, alongside investigating the fundamental limitations of these machines. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne in her native Australia (BSc Hons 2006) and DPhil at the University of Oxford in the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (2010). She was subsequently awarded the Brunel Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 where she extended her work into high intensity hadron accelerators (2010-2013). In 2015 Suzie re-joined the University of Oxford in a joint appointment with the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to lead a research group focusing on Intense Hadron Accelerators and teach graduate level accelerator physics. From 2017 Suzie has held a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship which enables her to build her research group in Oxford and continue collaborations with researchers around the world focusing on the design, simulation and beam dynamics of novel accelerators.

Alongside her research, Suzie is a prolific public speaker, presenter and science communicator, for which she has received a number of awards including the British Science Association Lord Kelvin Award, Institute of Physics HEPP Group Science in Society Award and the University of Oxford Vice Chancellors Civic Award. She is an expert TV presenter for Impossible Engineering on Discovery Channel and has co-written and delivered live high-octane headline shows for tens of thousands of students at the Big Bang Fair alongside well-known BBC TV presenters. She regularly presents public and schools lectures around the UK and further afield and in June 2018 she delivered her first TED talk as part of TEDx Sydney.

In March 2019 Suzie will return to Australia as the Senior Lecturer in Medical Accelerator Physics at the University of Melbourne.