The Hintze Lecture Series - 'The role of black holes in galaxy evolution'

22 Oct 2013 - 5:00pm

The Hintze Lecture Series

Professor Christopher Reynolds, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland

‘The role of black holes in galaxy evolution’

Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 5pm

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Physics Christmas Carols 2013

20 Dec 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
University Church St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford
Family friendly

The Physics Department Carol Service will be held this year on Friday 20th December at 4:00 pm in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin followed by wine and mince pies in the Church.


14 October 2013

2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for devising a mechanism to generate mass in gauge theories, and for predicting the existence of a new scalar boson resulting from this mechanism.
Nearly 50 years after the seminal papers written separately by Peter Higgs and by Francois Englert and Robert Brout, a boson with properties consistent with their predictions was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.


Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

23 Oct 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Students, Staff and General Public

The Oxford Climate Research Network and Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship present a series of talks for students, staff and members of the public, and an opportunity to ask questions, about the latest Assessment of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with contributions from members of the the Department of Physics.

10 October 2013

Prof Steve Balbus at the 2013 Shaw Prize Ceremony

Prof Balbus was presented with the prestigious 2013 Shaw Prize for Astronomy at a ceremony in Hong Kong last month. See photos & videos of the ceremony at

A TV documentary leading up to the awards can be viewed at

18 September 2013

Oxford students lead first complete supersymmetry searches at ATLAS

University of Oxford graduate students have led the first two papers for Supersymmetry using the full data-set from the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

29 August 2013

Physics newsletter 2013

Summer 2013

Our latest Department newsletter is now available to download in PDF format here. 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.

Oxford Physics Department Industry Day

23 Oct 2013 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Level 5 foyer (registration)

Oxford University Opens its Doors to Industry

12pm start - attendance welcome all afternoon or for individual sessions

  • Find out about our research and facilities
  • Discuss our technologies
  • Meet academics & students
  • Network with other companies
  • Explore collaboration opportunities
  • Find out about applying for our £3,000 collaboration voucher

How Can Oxford Physics Help Your Company Grow?

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31 July 2013

Tim Palmer elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Tim Palmer has been elected to the 2013 class of American Geophysical Union Fellows (AGU).
The Fellows program recognizes AGU members who have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences as valued by their peers and vetted by a committee of Fellows. The primary criterion for evaluation of scientific eminence is a major breakthrough or discovery, paradigm shift, or sustained impact.