Invited Talks

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For invited contributions at Summer Schools, please see Invited Lectures

National and International Conferences, Workshops, and Symposia


  • Exploring stars from deep underground, Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics, 20-22 May 2019, MSU, US


  • LUNA and other Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics: Status and Perspective, European Nuclear Physics Conference, 2-7 September 2018, Bologna, Italy


  • Nuclear Astrophysics ICFA Seminar, Ottawa 6-9 November 2017, Canada
  • Direct measurements of key astrophysical reactions BRIDGCE Workshop, Edinburgh 4-5 September 2017, UK
  • 17,18O(p,a)14,15N cross section measurements underground Workshop on “Nuclear Astrophysics at the Dresden Felsenkeller’’, Dresden, 26-28 June 2017, Germany
  • And so it all begun: Personal memories of the man behind the scientist Special Session in celebration of Prof Spitaleri. VIII Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics Conference, Catania, 18-23 June 2017, Italy
  • Nuclear Astrophysics at the Low-Energy Frontiers: Updates from the Laboratory 55th International Winter Meeting on Nuclear Physics, Bormio, 23-27 January 2017, Italy


  • LUNA outside the underground facility: The Edinburgh connection Silver Moon International Workshop, Gran Sasso, 1-2 December 2016, Italy
  • Studying stars in terrestrial laboratories: A journey through stellar lives and the origin of the elements Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz, 3 May 2016, Germany


  • Future challenges in nuclear astrophysics with high-intensity stable-ion beams ECOS-LINCE Workshop, Huelva, Spain, 8-10 July 2015 (unable to attend)


  • Underground Laboratories in Nuclear Astrophysics: Present Status and Future Opportunities EPS Invited Speaker, XIII International Conference Nuclei in the Cosmos, Debrecen, Hungary, 7-11 July 2014
  • Nuclear Reactions, Stars, and the Creation of the Elements (pptx, pdf) Public Lecture, Open University, Milton Keynes, 13 May 2014, UK


  • Explosive phenomena in astrophysics and nuclear reaction studies XLI International Workshop on “Astrophysics and Nuclear Structure”, Hirschegg 26 January-1 February 2013, Austria


  • Nuclear Reactions in X-ray Bursters: What News from the Laboratory? X Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum Conference, Garching 8-12 October 2012, Germany
  • Explosive scenarios, rp-process, X-ray bursts Zakopane Conference on Nuclear Physics, Zakopane, August 27 – September 2, 2012, Poland
  • IUPAP Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics, August 20-25, 2012 Fukuoka, Japan (unable to attend)
  • Canfranc Workshop on Underground Laboratories for Nuclear Astrophysics, 21-23 March, 2012, Canfranc, Spain (unable to attend)


  • Stars, elements, and our cosmic inheritance  Einstein Institute, Hanover, 8 December 2011, Germany
  • The alchemists’ dream and Rutherford legacy: A journey through the creation of the elements Public Lecture, The Rutherford 100th, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 19 May 2011, UK
  • Explosive Nuclear Astrophysics IoP Nuclear and Particle Physics Divisional Conference, Glasgow, 4-7 April 2011, UK



  • The 12C+12C reaction in an underground laboratory: Future opportunities at Boulby  CLAUS09 – International Workshop on “The role of low-energy fusion reactions in Nuclear Astrophysics: Carbon Burning”, Anacapri, 14-16 May 2009, Italy
  • The Underground Laboratory at Boulby Workshop on Nuclear Astrophysics Opportunities at the Underground Laboratory in Canfranc, Barcelona 19-20 February 2009, Spain
  • ELENA: A small project with grand ambitions. A UK facility for Nuclear Astrophysics University of Surrey, 8 December 2009, UK
  • The ELENA Project at Boulby: Opportunities for Nuclear Astrophysics Annual Meeting of the IoP Astroparticle Physics Group, Edinburgh, 8-9 June 2009, UK


  • Fusion reactions in stars: what news from the Lab? FUSION08 – International Conference on New Aspects of Heavy Ion Collisions near the Coulomb barrier, Chicago 22-26 September 2008, US
  • Radioactive beams for Astrophysics: Recent studies and open questions XXXVI International Workshop on “Modern Aspects in Nuclear Structure and Reactions”, Hirschegg 13-19 January 2008, Austria
  • Nuclear reactions in stars: Recent results and future opportunities University of Birmingham, 17 December 2008
  • Nuclear reactions in stars: A nuclear perspective University of Lancaster, 21 November 2008, UK
  • The Elements. Our Cosmic Inheritance Royal Observatory of Edinburgh Workshop 2008: Habitability of the Galaxy, 8-10 October 2008, Edinburgh, UK
  • Copenhagen. The science behind the play Café Scientifique, Film House, 28 July 2008, Edinburgh, UK
  • From Oxford to Edinburgh: My career before and after graduation Retirement event in honour of Prof Dame Carole Jordan, Somerville College Oxford, 12 July 2008, UK


  • Underground Laboratory at Boulby: An opportunity for Nuclear Astrophysics?    Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, INFN, Catania, 15-16 February 2007, Italy
  • Collaborative Learning in the Physical Sciences: Workshops vs. Tutorials Learning & Teaching Forum: Engaging students through collaborative learning; University of Edinburgh, 17 April 2007, UK (event cancelled)
  • Stars, Accelerators and Underground Labs John Adams Institute, University of Oxford, 14 June 2007, UK
  • National Astronomy Meeting, UCLan Preston, 16-20 April 2007, UK (unable to attend)
  • Nuclear Astrophysics: A journey through the creation of the elements and our cosmic inheritance Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, CCRLC, Chilton, 25 January 2007, UK (General interest lecture)


  • Nuclear Astrophysics with Radioactive Beams RNB Conference, Cortina d’Ampezzo, 5-7 July 2006, Italy
  • Current Problems in Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy Kyev, 29 May-3 June 2006, Ukraine (unable to attend)
  • Electron screening: Can metals simulate plasmas? XXXIV International Workshop on “Astrophysics and Nuclear Structure”, Hirschegg 15-21 January 2006, Austria
  • Underground laboratory for Nuclear Astrophysics studies BUS2006 Workshop, Boulby, 21-22 October 2006, UK
  • Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics Astro-particle Conference, 23-24 May 2006, UK
  • Nuclear reactions with Radioactive Ion Beams for Explosive stellar phenomena IoP Nuclear Physics Conference, York 19-21 April 2006, UK


  • (Experimental) Nuclear Astrophysics SUPA – Nuclear and Plasma Physics Launch Event, Glasgow 7 October 2005, UK
  • Electron screening: A Review FINUSTAR Conference, Kos 12-17 September 2005, Greece
  • NUSTAR05 Nuclear Structure, Astrophysics and Reactions, University of Guildford, Sussex, January 2005 UK (unable to attend)


  • Stellar reactions on Earth: selected experimental studies Nuclear Physics Seminar, Michigan State University, 15 March 2004, USA


  • The electron screening problem: an Overview Nuclear Physics Seminar, University of York, 7 November 2003, UK
  • Recent developments and perspectives in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics IoP Nuclear Physics Conference, Glasgow 9-11 April 2003, UK
  • Low-energy Nuclear Astrophysics: some future perspectives  NuPECC Town Meeting, Darmstadt 29 January-1 February 2003, Germany


  • Radioactive beams for studies in Nuclear Astrophysics REX-ISOLDE Workshop, CERN Geneva 16-18 December 2002, Switzerland
  • Nuclear Astrophysics Future of Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting, Abingdon 19-20 April 2002, UK


  • Measurements of low-energy nuclear cross-sections  NAP2001 Symposium, GSI – Darmstadt 3-4 May 2001, Germany


  • The Trojan-Horse Method in nuclear astrophysics TOURS2000 Symposium on Nuclear Physics IV, Tours 4-7 September 2000, France