Public Outreach

The 13th Hintze Lecture: Our Simple but Strange Universe, Professor David Spergel

Date: 
10 Nov 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

The 13th Hintze Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Spergel, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy, Princeton Unversity, on Thursday 10th November 2016 @ 17:30 in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre.

Title: Our Simple but Strange Universe

Abstract "Observations of the microwave background, the left-over heat from the big bang, the large-scale distribution of galaxies and the properties of distant supernova have led to a remarkable simple model for our universe.

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.

1 December 2016

Physics Newsletter Autumn 2016

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here (the file may not display correctly with Firefox/Chrome pdf viewers -- in this case save it to a file and open it with e.g. Acrobat reader or Preview).

Have a look at the wide range of work that we do in front-line research, teaching, public outreach and school education.

29 November 2016

Join a planetary observing trip with this 360-degree immersive video.

This immersive 360 degree video lets you join in a planetary observing trip using some of the world's best telescopes in Hawaii.

To view on a regular screen, you can click and drag in the video frame to look in any direction. For an immersive experience, view the video using a virtual reality headset.

Stargazing Oxford 2017

Date: 
28 Jan 2017 - 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 28th January 2017 from 2pm to 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Last year over 1200 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford as they sought to explore the wonders of the Universe.

Exhibition ‘New Eyes on the Universe: Science of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and Snolab’.

Date: 
14 Nov 2016 - 10:00am - 3 Dec 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Audience: 
General public (Age 8+)

The Department of Physics is delighted to present the exhibition

‘New Eyes on the Universe: Science of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and SNOLab*’.

THE EXHIBIT

The exhibit tells the story of how Nobel Prize winning results from Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and the experiments currently underway at SNOLAB are providing new insights and pushing frontiers in particle astrophysics.

Out of this World: Family Fun Day

Date: 
19 Nov 2016 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9LS.
Audience: 
Family friendly

Visit the Barton Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday 19th November for a day of space themed fun! Games, model-making, face-painting, kids' crafts, flash talks, infra-red camera, planetarium (from 2pm) and MORE! Meet space scientists and learn about study and careers in the UK Space Industry.

This drop-in event is free. Sign-up for planetarium and talk tickets will be open 30 min prior to each show on the day of the event.

ExoMars: Europe goes to Mars

Date: 
10 Oct 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 Colin Wilson, Physics, Oxford

Is there, or was there ever, life on Mars?

Can humans one day go to Mars (and come back safely)?

On the 19 October, two European spacecraft will arrive at Mars. The Trace Gas Orbiter will, as the name suggests, go into orbit and will map gases like methane, whose presence in the Martian atmosphere is still unexplained.

4 July 2016

A celebration of Citizen Science on the Higgs boson's birthday

Volunteers around the world are helping Oxford scientists searching for relatives of the Higgs boson … using just their eyes!

Today, 4th July 2016, the Higgs boson celebrates its fourth birthday. Remarkably, over the last two of those years, more than twenty thousand amateur scientists from 179 countries have been collaborating to look for its siblings.