Public Outreach

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.

Massive Black Holes and Galaxies

Date: 
24 Jul 2014 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 12+)

Prof. Reinhard Genzel
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
University of California, Berkeley

Evidence has been accumulating for several decades that many galaxies harbor
central mass concentrations that may be in the form of black holes with masses
between a few million to a few billion time the mass of the Sun. I will discuss
measurements over the last two decades, employing adaptive optics imaging and
spectroscopy on large ground-based telescopes that prove the existence of such
a massive black hole in the Center of our Milky Way, beyond any reasonable
doubt.

26 June 2014

Black hole trio holds promise for gravity wave hunt

The discovery of three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than four billion light years away could help astronomers in the search for gravitational waves: the ‘ripples in spacetime’ predicted by Einstein.

An international team, including Oxford University scientists, led by Dr Roger Deane from the University of Cape Town, examined six systems thought to contain two supermassive black holes.

Cancelled: National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) - Talk

Date: 
23 Jun 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This event has unfortuantly been cancelled.

Any questions please contact s [dot] owen [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.

FLASH TALK PHYSICS June 2014

Date: 
17 Jun 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 12+)

Graduate Student Competition

An evening of bite-sized physics presentations for the public

A showcase of research at Oxford Physics through six exciting bite-sized presentations delivered by graduate research students. Covering topics from Space, Solar Cells, Climate Science and Dark Matter. There is certainly something that will capture the attention of anyone from school children to adult science enthusiasts.

2014 Halley Lecture

Date: 
10 Jun 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

University of Oxford
Halley Lecture

"How the Universe Evolved From Smooth to Lumpy -- the Physics of Galaxy Formation"

Professor Eliot Quataert
University of California, Berkeley Astronomy Department

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 5pm
(to be seated by 4.50pm)

Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road, Oxford

THIS LECTURE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception in the foyer of the Martin Wood

Abstract: The infant Universe was remarkably smooth compared to what we see around us today, with only tiny differences in its proper

Accelerators and subatomic particles

Date: 
11 Jul 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Come along to hear two short talks about particle physics. There will be plenty of time for questions and hands-on stalls set up in the foyer to explore the topics further after the talks (from 7pm).

Introduction to particle accelerators and detectors (20min)
Prof Tony Weidberg

I will discuss the principles of how particle accelerators work with a simple demonstration and look at some examples from the LHC. I will then explain some of the key ideas used to make particle detectors and show some examples.

Bringing the Solar System down to Earth: Generating planets and stars in the Lab

Date: 
3 Jul 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

Bringing the Solar System down to Earth: Generating planets and stars in the Lab

The Solar system plays host to a remarkable range of conditions. From the icy depths of Uranus and Neptune to the burning heart of the Sun, scientists are working on understanding the inner workings of our astrophysical neighbours. But despite our best efforts, many mysteries remain. What are the planets made of? Why does Saturn look so much younger than it’s neighbours?

1 May 2014

Physics newsletter 2014

Spring 2014

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. We would welcome contributions to future newsletters from undergraduate or postgraduate alumni and previous members of the physics department.

28 April 2014

55th Cherwell-Simon Lecture 2014

We are delighted to announce that the 2014 Cherwell-Simon Lecture will be given by Prof Peter Higgs CH DSc PhD MSc BSc FRS FRSE FInstP, Emeritus Professor University of Edinburgh, on 16th May at 4.30 pm in the Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute.

Prof Higgs will lecture on “My Life as Boson”.

Due to the expected demand admission is with registration confirmation only.