Past Events for Public Outreach

14 May 2019 - 4:30pm

Professor Elena Aprile, Department of Physics
Columbia University, New York
“The XENON project: at the forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection”

Registration essential via:
Password: Physics2019

12 Apr 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Magnets Fantastic

At school, they teach you that iron, nickel and cobalt are magnetic, and that's about it. But that isn't the whole story. It's barely even the beginning. In fact, all kinds of things are magnetic, from pencil leads and beautiful crystals, to frogs and even the air we breathe...

In this interactive, family-friendly show full of experiments and demonstrations, we explore and explain all this and more from the world of Magnets Fantastic.

26 Jan 2019 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 26th January 2019 from 2pm to 9pm (last entry 8.30pm)

Each year over 1,000 people of all ages gather at Stargazing Oxford as they seek to explore the wonders of the Universe. Join us again for a space-themed open day in the Department of Physics. Activties include talks, hands-on stalls and observing (night-sky, solar and radio).

25 Jan 2019 - 3:25pm

Tim Fitzpatrick, Artist in residence for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (Apache Point Observatory, New Mexico)

“Shine: art navigating through the code of starlight”


6 Dec 2018 - 5:00pm

The lecture will discuss recent research results on the astrophysical and planetary environmental context that makes possible the synthesis of precursors to RNA, peptides and lipids. The focus will be on the role of mid-range UV light as a source of energy and as a very specific selection agent in chemical evolution.

More information in the poster attached.

Booking required:

4 Dec 2018 - 6:00pm

This year’s Family Fun Christmas Lecture is two talks in one! The event provides an exciting opportunity for children to learn more about physics. The talks explore how physics can help us answer the big questions about our universe as well as providing solutions for global problems. There will be plenty of exciting demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, exploding hydrogen balloons and more!


26 Nov 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Fully booked - please join the waiting list

You are invited to join researchers from Oxford Physics, Imperial College, Bristol University, RAL Space and the UK Space Agency, who have worked on the Mars Insight mission, to celebrate its scheduled landing on Mars.

Evening schedule

6.30pm: Welcome and lecture
7.30pm: Live broadcasts from NASA Television for the landing
8.00pm: Drinks reception
8.30pm: Finish

31 Oct 2018 - 5:00pm

Professor Rocky Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago
The Quantum and the Cosmos
Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 17:00 (to be seated by 16:50)

16 Oct 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Physics: From the Lab into your Life
- an event as part of IF Oxford, the Oxfordshire Science and Ideas Festival