Public Outreach

Stargazing Oxford 2016

Date: 
16 Jan 2016 - 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: 
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Audience: 
Family friendly

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 16th January 2016 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Last year over 1000 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe.

Cherwell-Simon Lecture 2012

Date: 
18 May 2012 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

QUANTUM GAMES AND QUANTUM INFORMATION

Professor Anton Zeilinger

University of Vienna and Scientific Director of the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

A quantum magician can play tricks that defy our classical imagination. For example, futuristic quantum dice rolled at an arbitrary distance can show the same number, or quantum balls hidden under a cup can exhibit colors impossible in any classical scenario.

Oxfordshire Science Festival: Festival Week (Monday)

Date: 
27 Jun 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

THE PHYSICS OF LIFE; AN EXPLORATION OF BIOLOGY ON THE NANOSCALE
Date: Monday 27 June
Time:17:00-18:30 (Family Friendly younger audience) & 18:30- 20:30 (14+ yrs and adults)
Venue: Martin Wood Complex
Admissions: Free, Book Tickets

Immerse yourself in the living nano-world with Oxford physicists! A showcase of biophysics research with demonstrations, stalls, flash talks and lab tours. See experimental equipment in action and real working labs.

Oxfordshire Science Festival: Festival Opening Weekend

Date: 
25 Jun 2016 (All day) - 26 Jun 2016 (All day)
Venue: 
Various
Audience: 
Family friendly

CHASING THE BIG BANG
DATE/TIME: SATURDAY 25 JUNE, 15:00
VENUE: OXFORD TOWN HALL, ASSEMBLY ROOM
ADMISSION: £5/£4(CONC.)/£16(FAM.)SUITABILITY:14+
How did the Universe begin? We are now on the hunt to find signals from the Big Bang itself, looking for ripples in space-time put in at the beginning of time.

Oxfordshire Science Festival: Space Days

Date: 
24 Jun 2016 - 1:00pm
Venue: 
Various
Audience: 
Family friendly

SPACE ON THE STREETS
DATE/TIME: FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 13:00 - 17:00
VENUE: BROAD STREET, OXFORD
ADMISSION: FREE, DROP-IN
SUITABILITY: ALL AGES
The University of Oxford’s Department of Physics takes you on a journey through the cosmos.

4 May 2016

56th Cherwell-Simon Lecture, Prof Lisa Randall "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe".

The 56th Cherwell-Simon Lecture will be delivered by Prof Lisa Randall, Frank B Baird Jr, Professor of Science, Harvard University at 16:30 on Friday 13 May 2016.

Title: "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe".

Prof Randall will explore a speculative hypothesis in which the comet that may have triggered the mass extinction of dinosaurs was dislodged from the Oort cloud at the edge of our solar system by a disk of dark matter.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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56th Cherwell-Simon Lecture 2016 - Professor Lisa Randall, "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe"

Date: 
13 May 2016 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Title: Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe

Professor Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University will deliver Oxford Physics 56th Cherwell-Simon Lecture.

The Physics of Fine Tuning - 3rd Workshop - Stars, Galaxies and the Multiverse

Date: 
12 May 2016 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Trinity College
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

The 3rd Workshop in the Physics of Fine Tuning - Stars, Galaxies, and the Multiverse will be held in Trinity College on Thursday 12th May 2016 from 14:00 - 16:00.

Speakers:
John Peacock (Edinburgh)
Observer Selection and Fine-Tuning Puzzles in Cosmology

Joe Silk (Oxford, IAP; John Hopkins)
The Limits of Cosmology

Adrianne Slyz (Oxford)
How do Galaxies know when, where and how quickly to form stars?

The 12th Hintze Lecture

Date: 
10 May 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

The 12th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor Robert Kennicutt, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Title: Unveiling the Birth of Stars and Galaxies

Abstract: Understanding the birth of stars is one of grand challenges of 21st century astrophysics, with impacts extending from the formation of planets to the birth and shaping of galaxies themselves. The challenge has been all the more difficult because the most active birth sites are largely hidden in visible light.

Investigating the origins of magnetic fields using the largest laser on Earth

Date: 
11 Apr 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Dr Jena Meinecke

The largest laser on Earth, at the National Ignition Facility (California), is to be used to recreate scaled astrophysical conditions and answer the question: What is the origin of magnetic fields in our universe?


Photo credit: Damien Jemison/LLNL

The universe is ubiquitously magnetised — from clusters to filaments and even voids – but the origin of these fields is still unknown.