Past Events for Alumni

20 Oct 2017 - 3:30pm to 24 Nov 2017 - 3:30pm

The following Department colloquia will take place during Michaelmas term 2017 as we aim to share with you the latest research and developments across the discipline - Undergraduates, Graduate, Postdocs, Support Staff and Faculty members are all encouraged to attend. Alumni and members of the University in other departments/colleges, too!

Each talk is followed by tea in the Physics common room. We look forward to seeing you there!

All lectures will commence at 3.30pm, in the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory.

29 Jun 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Sunday 29th June, afternoon tea in the Garden at St Hugh's College, Oxford

Following on the success from last year’s first Physics Alumni Garden Party, and thanks to the generosity of one of our alumnus, we are hosting this year’s party at St Hugh College’s beautiful gardens on Sunday 29th June, 4-6:30 pm.

23 Sep 2019 - 8:30am to 25 Sep 2019 - 2:00pm

The Quantum materials Symposium 2019 will take place next week from 23 to 25 September.


The full programme and further details can be found here.

The QMS 2019 is organized by the Oxford Quantum Materials group.
The group has been organizing annually the Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials.

21 Sep 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:30pm

Meeting Minds Oxford - the weekend for all University of Oxford Alumni

The Department of Physics will open its doors on Saturday 21 September to welcome all alumni, regardless of their studies. We hope to offer you all a chance to visit our thriving department, meet our scientists, learn more about what is the cutting edge research taking place in one the the largest Physics Departments in the world.

Proposed format on the day is:

9 Jul 2019 - 2:30pm

Oxford Physics Colloquium

Gravitational Waves and Prospects for Multi-messenger Astronomy
Prof Barry C Barish (Caltech - Nobel Prize Physics 2017)

9 July 14:30 - 15:30 hs

Venue: Lecture Theatre University of Oxford Museum Natural History

The quest for gravitational waves, following their prediction by Einstein in 1916 to their detection 100 years later will be traced. The subsequent opening of exciting new science, from rigorous tests of general relativity to using gravitational waves to explore the universe will be discussed.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:30pm

Alumni Reception in Edinburgh

We are delighted to invite you to our physics alumni event in Scotland, our first ever! This time will be at the New Club (Princes Street), in the beautiful Ramsay & Long Rooms on July 2nd.

This will be an evening event hosted by Head of Department, Prof Ian Shipsey and alumna Dr Susan Hezlet, whose idea and support were vital for this fantastic opportunity. We are very grateful to Dr William Duncan for his time and support, too.

29 Jun 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Physics Alumni & Friends Garden Party

This year we are hosting our yearly event in the wonderful riverside setting of Wolfson College.

22 Jun 2019 - 10:30am to 6:00pm

Thinking 3D: Space & Time

The Department of Physics and Magdalen College, are happy to announce this fantastic event, part of the 'Thinking 3D' programme, that we will host together for alumni & general public.

This event is part of a wider programme of events, a year-long series of exhibitions, events, public talks, gallery shows, and academic symposia intended to incite dialogue between artists, art and book historians, mathematicians, astronomers, geometers, earth scientists, botanists, chemists...and more.

6 Jun 2019 - 6:00pm

Special Public Lecture

'Finding aliens – An update on the search for life in the Universe'
by Bill Diamond (President & CEO The SETI Institute)

The Department of Physics is delighted to invite you to a public lecture by Bill Diamond, President & CEO The SETI Institute, hosted by Prof Ian Shipsey, Head of Physics.

4 Jun 2019 - 2:00pm

Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, the SETI Institute, founded by Astronomers Carl Sagan, Jill Tarter and Frank Drake, has grown from a small research team focused on searching for radio signals beyond our solar system (as a proxy for intelligent civilizations) to an organization of over 90 PhD scientists representing 23 different academic backgrounds, organized into 6 divisions of research. CEO, Bill Diamond, will describe the multidisciplinary structure and research of the Institute, whose mission is to explore, understand and explain the nature and origins of life in the universe.