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

10 Nov 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
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

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13 January 2021

Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics: exciting science awaits!

Professor Ian Shipsey

Today, UKRI announced the launch of the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme that will support scientists using quantum technology to study the universe in new ways in order to determine the nature of dark matter, detect gravitational waves and study the physics of black holes. Professor Ian Shipsey is Head of the Department of Physics at Oxford and has championed the programme since its inception:

13 January 2021

High risk, high reward science: using quantum technology to search for hidden sector particles

3D render of a superconducting qubit array in a microwave waveguide to be explored for use in detection of the dark matter candidate particle, the ‘axion’

Oxford’s Department of Physics is playing a key role in three of the seven quantum projects supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) including Quantum Sensing for the Hidden Sector (QSHS). With QSHS, we are joining forces with six other universities as well as the National Physical Laboratory on a multi-million-pound project which could open up a new frontier in physics.

8 January 2021

Jocelyn Bell Burnell receives highest accolade from RAS

Headshot of Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell from the Department of Physics at Oxford has been awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal 2021. The medal recognises her extraordinary achievements and has been awarded not only for her personal research but also for her contributions to the field of astronomy generally.


Stargazing 2021

28 Jan 2021 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Family friendly

“Astrophysics Stargazing Open Day goes virtual”

Our annual Stargazing event is a firm favourite for many so we are delighted to bring you Stargazing @ Home for 2021 – all the best bits of Stargazing but from the comfort of your own home. Join us on Thursday 28th January 2021 from 3pm-9pm for an evening of all things astronomy, live streamed on our YouTube channel.

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10 December 2020

Human vs machine or human AND machine?

Peter Hatfield

Dr Peter Hatfield from Oxford’s Department of Physics is one of five academics to have been awarded a brand new fellowship from intelligence, security and cyber agency GCHQ. Charged with researching technology challenges relevant to national security priorities, Dr Hatfield’s work will be considering "secure" use of artificial intelligence – how to use AI to reliably understand data for global physics challenges.


24 November 2020

Department of Physics celebrates highly cited researchers

Headshots of highly cited researchers from the Department of Physics

Some 52 researchers from the University of Oxford have been named on this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list – eight of which are from the Department of Physics. The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

The following academics from the Department of Physics appeared in this year’s list: Michele Cappellari, Yulin Chen, Laura Herz, Geert Jan Oldenborgh, Michael Johnston, Henry Snaith, Stephen J Tucker and Wei Zhang.

13 November 2020

Celebrating 10 years of Hintze lectures

CHIME telescope

Every year, the Department of Physics hosts two key public lectures focusing on contemporary developments in astrophysics and cosmology: the Hintze lectures. This month’s lecture on 24 November at 5pm is the 20th lecture and marks ten years of fascinating talks given by leading researchers from around the world.


29 October 2020

Dr Becky recognised by IOP

Headshot Becky Smethurst

Dr Becky Smethurst from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics has been awarded the Mary Somerville Medal by the Institute of Physics. The medal, awarded for exceptional early career contributions to public engagement within physics, is in recognition of the success of Becky’s YouTube channel, Dr Becky.


Challenges & Changes in Physics: Prof Jocelyn Bell Burnell

23 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm
Staff, students and public (14+)
Logo saying 'Challenges and Changes Department of Physics'

Prof. Bell Burnell discusses her research and the challenges that physics & physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

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