Past Events

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

Clouds appear omnipresent and influence the day-to-day life of the majority of the Earth’s population. Yet, clouds are also of fundamental importance for Earth’s climate by being intrinsically linked to the hydrological cycle and the Earth’s radiation budget.

21 Jan 2012 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm


Stargazing Oxford

BBC Stargazing Live Event

A winter festival of all things space-related!

2pm - 10pm (last entry 9.30pm) - just pop in!

Come along to Oxford Stargazing to find out more about our night sky, from new planets to far-off galaxies and the vastness of the Universe.

11 Jan 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:15pm

The programme for the evenings

Times: 7 - 9.15 pm

Activities include:

  • The evening begins with a short astronomy talk (see below)
  • Refreshments and "ask an astronomer"
  • Observatory tour and use of the telescope
  • Astronomy workshop - indoor or outdoor depending on weather

Astrophysics talk

The Laws of Planetary Motion and their Discovery

Other talks in the programme can be found here.

4 Jan 2012 (All day) to 8 Jan 2012 (All day)

The UK-Japan Winter Schools have been held since 1999. Every year the focus is on a special topic. The aim of the School is to bring together Japanese and UK scientists, in particular young researchers and students from mathematics and mathematical physics, in a relaxing and stimulating atmosphere.

The 2012 School is devoted to geometry, mathematical physics and mathematical aspects of string theory. As in the previous UK-Japan Schools, there will be three main lecture courses as well as five one-hour review lectures from the experts in the field.

14 Dec 2011 - 5:45pm to 9:15pm

The programme for the evenings

This month we are running two sessions on the same evening. We encourage children to attend the first session with their families.

Session 1 (family friendly): 5.45 - 7.45pm
Session 2: 7.00 - 9.15 pm

Activities include:

  • A short astronomy talk (see below)
  • Refreshments and "ask an astronomer"
  • Observatory tour and use of the telescope
  • Astronomy workshop - indoor or outdoor depending on weather

Astrophysics talk

Super Massive Black Holes

5 Dec 2011 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Oxford Physics: Going Public

The importance of renewable energy
Prof. Nick Jelly

30 Nov 2011 - 5:15pm

In May 2009 a team of astronauts flew to the Hubble Space Telescope on space shuttle Atlantis. On their 13 day mission and over the course of 5 spacewalks they completed an extreme makeover of the orbiting observatory. They installed the Wide Field Camera-3, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, repaired the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, as well as a number of maintenance activities. The Hubble Space Telescope story has been a fascinating study in public policy, engineering, ethics, and science.

11 Nov 2011 - 4:15pm

Public Lecture: The 8th Dennis Sciama Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Sir Martin Rees

9 Nov 2011 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm

Astrophysics talk

Exploring other worlds: planets beyond the solar system
Suzanna Aigrain

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