Past Events for Research

4 Feb 2020 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

The IOP and Oxford University are pleased to present Dr Felix Flicker. Felix is the Astor Junior Research Fellow of New College, Oxford. His work in theoretical physics concerns the application of geometry and topology to quantum materials.

Join us on an expedition to find the north pole! The last century saw teams of explorers from around the world brave the ices in attempts to reach the north and south poles. These days we are again working to discover the poles -- but this time, the task is to isolate the individual poles of a magnet.

25 Jan 2020 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Stargazing Oxford returns on the 25th January 2020 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. Activities include talks, hands-on stalls and observing (night-sky, solar and radio).

2 Dec 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Would you like to find out more about studying for a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics starting in October 2020? This open day will give you the opportunity to listen to talks about current research as well as discuss ideas for possible research projects with supervisors and post-docs. Current graduate students will also be on hand to answer questions and show you around the department.

  • Talks
  • Lab tours
  • Q&A
  • Refreshments

2-5pm, Department of Physics, Parks Road, OX1 3PU

14 Nov 2019 - 5:30pm

The First Image of a Black Hole

Thursday 14 November 2019 at 17:30 (to be seated by 17:20)

22 Oct 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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At the Department of Physics, our research spans everything from the tiniest particles to the entire cosmos, but we don’t just leave the ideas scrawled on blackboards, hidden on hard drives or tucked into unfathomable scientific papers. We take our research and make it work for you.

23 Sep 2019 - 8:45am to 25 Sep 2019 - 1:30pm


23 Sep 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm


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.

25 Jun 2019 - 2:00pm

Professor Andrea Ghez, UCLA

Our Galactic Center: A Unique Laboratory for the Physics & Astrophysics of Black Holes

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.