Public lectures and online talks

The Department of Physics runs a series of lectures and talks for people wanting to find out more about physics and the exciting research we do. There are talks for all difference audiences, from those who study or work in physics-related fields to those who have little or no background knowledge in physics but want to find out more.

Currently all of our talks take place online (via Zoom Webinars) and are often recorded and made available to watch after the events. We will resume our in-person events once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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Talk programmes

A summary of the different talk and lecture programmes that we run is presented below.

Flash Talk Physics

Suggested audiences:

  • Public (no background physics knowledge required)
  • School children (aged 11+ years)

Description: Short talks (15min) showcasing the wide-ranging and exciting research we do in the Department, from our search for water on the moon to our quest to develop a quantum computer. These talks often include fun demonstrations, interactive polls or activities for you to try for yourself. These talks are usually recorded and available to watch after the event.
Find out more: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/public/public-lectures/f...

Physics School Seminar Series

Suggested audience: School GCSE and A-level physics students
Description: A new programme of short talks and Q&A for those who are studying physics and want to find out more about our research. The first talks focus on quantum materials. These talks are usually recorded and available to watch after the event.
Find out more: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/public/public-lectures/p...

Challenges and Changes

Suggested audience: Members of the Department and anyone interested in issues around inclusion, equality and diversity within physics
Description: Talks from researchers that address the challenges that physics and physicists currently face, and how they are working to push for change. Some of these lectures have been recorded to be viewed after the event.
Find out more: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/public/public-lectures/c...

Christmas Lecture

Suggested audience:

  • Public (no background physics knowledge required)
  • Families (aged 8+ years)

Description: Our annual demonstration lecture takes place in the lead up to Christmas. Jam-packed with fun experiments and interactivity.

IOP Lecture Series

Suggested audience: Public (some background physics knowledge usually required) and A-level students
Description: Lectures from our researchers and external speakers about their work in physics. Organised jointly with the Institute of Physics Oxford branch.
Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/institute-of-physics-oxford-centre-127838...

The Hintze Lectures

Suggested audience:

  • Public (some background physics knowledge usually required)
  • A-level students

Description: The Hintze Lectures highlight contemporary developments in Astrophysics and Cosmology. They are run by the Oxford Hintze Centre for Astrophysical Surveys
Find out more: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/about-us/outreach/public/public-lectures/t...

Podcasts and recordings

Many of the lectures have been recorded and are available on the University of Oxford website: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/keywords/physics

You can also visit our YouTube channel for a variety of material, ranging from formal lectures to fun staff & guests videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/DepartmentofPhysicsUniversityofOxford/featured

The Quantum Materials group at Oxford also has a number of videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtZ4lUlasLqmulrMXLNMXhw/featured