Past Events

17 Mar 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Discover the strange properties of materials at low temperatures

This exciting talk includes lots of fun demonstrations that highlight ideas about temperature, energy, particles and materials.

Explore the uses of liquid nitrogen in transport, food preparation and medicine.

The show ends with a bang!

12 Mar 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Oxford Physics: Going Public

Crystal World
Prof. Michael Glazer

Crystals have been objects of mystery and fascination for the last two millenia: but people in general are unaware that much of the solid material around us is in fact made up from crystals, including all rocky planets such as the one we live on.

5 Mar 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Neutrinos are one of the most abundant particles in the universe, but very little is known about them. Over the years we have tried to unlock their secrets and the more we learn the more we are amazed. They seem to have a tiny mass, even so everybody expected them to be massless like the photons.

29 Feb 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 European Extremely Large Telescope

Other talks in the programme can be found here.

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

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