Past Events for Public Outreach

29 Jan 2021 - 6:00pm

The Music of Physics from spiders to snowflakes: creating and interacting with virtual instruments

A public lecture, Friday 29 January, 2021 at 18:00 hrs UTC

From black holes to quantum mechanics, there are few aspects of physics that cannot be meaningfully explored through the lens of music. As Albert Einstein famously declared: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

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

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 28 January 2021 from 3-9pm for an evening of all things astronomy, live streamed on our YouTube channel.

12 Dec 2020 - 3:00pm

Registration required - please register for this event by filling out this form.

Round off the school term by joining us for some themed arts and crafts, and learn a little bit about crystals along the way!

10 Dec 2020 - 6:00pm

Registration required - please register for this event by filling out this form. Registration closes at 3pm on 10th December 2020.

Christmas Lecture - Virus Factory!

We’ve all been hearing a lot about viruses over the past several months, but just how much do we understand about them? What exactly do viruses do once they get inside our cells? And why do we care?

CHIME telescope with Victoria Kaspi headshot
24 Nov 2020 - 5:00pm

World-renowned observational astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi will be talking about Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs): short bursts of radio waves, just a few milliseconds long, observed from cosmological distances. Their origin is presently unknown, yet their rate is many hundreds per sky per day, indicating a not-uncommon phenomenon in the Universe. Professor Kaspi will review the FRB field and present new results on FRBs from a new digital transit radio telescope: the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME).

Logo saying 'Challenges and Changes Department of Physics'
23 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm

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

Will Marshall alongside one of the images from Planet.com
18 Nov 2020 - 4:00pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr Will Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Planet and alumnus of Oxford's Department of Physics and Wadham College. Planet is a space company that operates the largest-ever constellation of earth imaging satellites – more than 150 – that take pictures of the globe on a daily basis.

Logo with text saying Challenges and Changes with department of physics logo
11 Nov 2020 - 3:30pm

Dr Clara Barker discusses her research and the challenges that physics and physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

26 Oct 2020 - 3:30pm

Dr Jess Wade discusses her research and the challenges that physics and physicists face, and shares some of her work to push for change.

In the first lecture of this new series from the Department of Physics, we will hear from Dr Jess Wade [she/her], a research fellow at Imperial College, London where she works on chiral organic light emitting diodes. She is an advocate for minority voices in science and has created hundreds of Wikipedia pages to amplify the achievements of women and people of colour in science.

29 Sep 2020 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm


The IOP and Oxford University are pleased to present Gravity's Role in the Story of our Universe by Dr Katy Clough.

The event will be an online webinar held via the Zoom platform. Please register here and the joining link will be sent shortly before the talk.

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