Past Events

8 Oct 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Portraits of distant worlds

Dr Suzanne Aigrain

Credit: NASA/Kepler

Celebrate World Space Week by exploring the diversity of exoplanets!

14 Sep 2012 - 8:00pm to 15 Sep 2012 - 2:00pm

Dates for your diary: 14th and 15th of September 2012.

It's the University of Oxford Alumni Weekend, and the Dept. of Physics will be opening its doors for the first time. A fantastic opportunity for alumni, family & friends to visit one of the best Departments of Physics in the world.

14 Sep 2012 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Information Day - Friday 14th September 2012

A smaller open day, with tutors available to answer course-specific questions and course literature available for collection but no sample lectures or activities.

There will be an enquiry desk in the Martin Wood Complex from 10.00am to 4.00pm. For directions, please see the Oxford Physics Map

Some other Departments and Colleges will also be open on this day, some of which you do need to book to attend. For more information please see

19 Aug 2012 (All day) to 23 Aug 2012 (All day)

73rd Harden Conference - Machines on Genes II - The central dogma at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics
19—23 August 2012

St Anne's College, Oxford, UK

9 Jul 2012 - 1:00pm to 10 Jul 2012 - 12:30pm

Energy and Energy Resources

University of Oxford
9th July (1pm-4pm)
10th July (9.30am-12.30pm)

Format: Hands-on exhibits and demonstration lecture
Topic: Energy
Year group: Year 9
Where: Clarendon Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

A half-day session with fun hands-on demonstrations exploring Energy. The taster event is followed by a series of workshops delivered in participating schools. The event is best suited to students who are just about to start or are just starting their GCSEs. Activities include:

6 Jul 2012 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Students: Girls in Year 11 and AS with an interest in studying physics at university
Cost: Free

The day provides a range of exciting activities designed to:

  • Build confidence in female physicists
  • Introduce female students to a community of female physicists
  • Encourage further study in physics

The programme includes:

5 Jul 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Over half a million citizen scientists are contributing to the cutting edge research projects that make up The Zooniverse. Beginning in 2007 with galaxy classification at Galaxy Zoo, there are now 12 projects ranging from transcribing ancient Greek papyri to analyzing light curves in the search for exo-planets.

5 Jul 2012 - 9:45am to 2:15pm

Students: Schools are invited to bring a team of 4-5 students at Key Stage 3
Cost: Free

Students will complete a series of activities and technological challenges, all of which are designed with an Olympic theme and involve exploring materials, forces and structures. Activities include explore aerodynamics in a model wind tunnel.

23 Jun 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Accelerate! show allows you to get up close and personal with the exciting world of particle and accelerator physics.

You’ll learn how particle accelerators can do everything from recreating conditions just after the Big Bang to finding new ways to treat cancer, as well as finding out how to drive the World's biggest machine—the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

14 Jun 2012 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Susan Solomon
Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Science,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'The World’s Chemistry in Our Hands: Global Environmental Challenges Past and Future'