Past Events

6 Jun 2012 - 10:30am to 7 Jun 2012 - 4:45pm

To bring together people working on telescopes and instrumentation across a range of wavelengths to provide an update on status and progress, identify synergies and consider how a healthy programme of technology and instrument development can be sustained into the future. Speakers will be encouraged to identify how the key technology developments, on which their instrument rely, came about.

6 Jun 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Progress in astronomy is driven by discovery which often arises from the application of a new telescope or instrument. Now that detectors capture almost all the light incident on them, astronomers are planning a generation of giant telescopes 10-25 times larger than those in use today. I will describe these developments and trace the origins of the crucial technologies on which they, and the instruments that will exploit them, rely.

2 Jun 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

VENUS 2012

Exploring the Universe; The Next Generation of Telescopes

Family public lecture

When: Saturday 2 June 2012, 2pm
Where: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Martin Wood Building, Parks Road
Audience: 10+ years / family public lecture

Over the next ten years our understanding of the Universe will be transformed by a new generation of both space and ground-based telescopes.

31 May 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Terahertz Wave Detection Based on Low-Dimensional Electron Systems

Dr Yukio Kawano

Tokyo Institute of Technology

In this talk, Dr Kawano gives the advantageous properties of terahertz (THz) waves - permeability through objects opaque for visible light, the important energy spectrum in the meV range, etc. – which potentially enable various applications of imaging and spectroscopy in this band.

28 May 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm


VENUS 2012

Just a black dot?

Historical public lecture

When: Monday 28 May, 6-7pm
Where: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Martin Wood Building, Parks Road
Audience: 10+ years

2 May 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This new student society aims to inform people about the challenges surrounding the supply and demand of energy, and climate change.

The Energy Soc Inaugural Seminar – and Post Seminar Drinks!

30 Apr 2012 - 9:30am to 2 May 2012 - 1:00pm

Talks will be aimed at a general audience, but they are likely to be controversial; speakers may well disagree over fundamentals. This miniseries is the first of several on philosophy of cosmology to take place in Oxford and Cambridge over the next two years.

Entry is free and all are welcome. We request that you REGISTER HERE if you plan to come in order to help us gauge numbers (for spaces and coffee). In the event that the venue is filled up, priority will be given to those who registered.

30 Apr 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Paul C. Canfield

Distinguished Professor and Robert Allen Wright
Chair of Physics                     
Senior Physicist, Ames Laboratory                     
Iowa State University, USA

27 Apr 2012 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor P. James Peebles
Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Department of Physics, Princeton University

23 Apr 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Oxford Physics: Going Public

Particle accelerators - making subatomic particles go REALLY fast!
Dr Suzie Sheehy