Past Events

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:

17 Sep 2019 - 7:00pm

Fully booked

The Institute of Physics and Oxford University are pleased to be hosting Vlatko Vedral, Professor of Quantum Information Science at the University of Oxford.

The talk will start at 19:00 with refreshments served shortly beforehand.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm


11 Jul 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

A Levitating superconductor
Quantum 101 will be an exciting opportunity for students to explore the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics and some of its real-world applications now and in the future, from levitating trains to quantum computers!

The day will include:

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.

7 Jul 2019 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

The carnival takes place every year and regularly attracts 50,000 people. This year’s event, which is being held on July 7, will have a theme called Space is the Place and will celebrate the exciting work being carried out by scientists in and around Oxford, and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing in July 1969.

6 Jul 2019 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

With the road-map for particle physics in Europe – the so-called European Strategy for Particle Physics – being currently updated, now is a great time to discuss with A-level pupils the future direction of particle physics research at the high-energy accelerator frontier, both in Europe and elsewhere.

3 Jul 2019 - 10:00am to 4 Jul 2019 - 4:00pm

Our 2019 Open Days are Wednesday 3 July, Thursday 4 July and Friday 20 September. We warmly welcome students, parents, carers and teachers to meet staff and students from all over the University and sample the atmosphere that makes student life at Oxford so special.

It is not mandatory to register to attend an Oxford Open Day. However you may need to book for specific popular sessions at Colleges in advance. More information here:

2 Jul 2019 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

BPhO lecture: Photovoltaics, solar energy: present status and emerging perovskites

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.