Past Events

8 Jan 2019 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

Y10 Materials and Physics Day – Tuesday 8 January 2019

An exciting opportunity for students enjoying physical sciences at GCSE and considering further studies in this area to find out about materials and physics at university. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects.

17 Dec 2018 - 4:30pm

Physics Carol Service

The Carol Service will be held this year on Monday 17th December, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St, followed by wine and mince pies in the church.
Please make a note in your diary.
As always, staff, alumni, friends and family, especially children, are welcome to attend.

7 Dec 2018 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

You are invited to the Atomic & Laser Physics Open Day!

Have you ever thought of what graduate opportunities there may be within the Atomic & Laser sub-Department? This is your chance to come and visit the labs, meet the teams and everyone currently researching the interaction of light and matter. You could be joining them for a DPhil in 2019!

6 Dec 2018 - 5:00pm

The lecture will discuss recent research results on the astrophysical and planetary environmental context that makes possible the synthesis of precursors to RNA, peptides and lipids. The focus will be on the role of mid-range UV light as a source of energy and as a very specific selection agent in chemical evolution.

More information in the poster attached.

Booking required:

4 Dec 2018 - 6:00pm

This year’s Family Fun Christmas Lecture is two talks in one! The event provides an exciting opportunity for children to learn more about physics. The talks explore how physics can help us answer the big questions about our universe as well as providing solutions for global problems. There will be plenty of exciting demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, exploding hydrogen balloons and more!


4 Dec 2018 - 9:45am to 3:30pm

Y12 Materials and Physics Day - Tuesday 4 December 2018

The Physics and Materials Science Departments collaborate to run the Year 12 Materials and Physics Taster Day. Participants will be given the opportunity to carry out experiments in both departments and will learn more about these exciting subjects.

1 Dec 2018 - 11:00am

The annual Particle Physics Christmas Lecture 2018 will take place on Saturday 1st of December.

'Particle Physics: What Next?'

The event will be hosted by the new Head of Particle Physics, Professor Daniela Bortoletto, and our guest speaker is Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

26 Nov 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Fully booked - please join the waiting list

You are invited to join researchers from Oxford Physics, Imperial College, Bristol University, RAL Space and the UK Space Agency, who have worked on the Mars Insight mission, to celebrate its scheduled landing on Mars.

Evening schedule

6.30pm: Welcome and lecture
7.30pm: Live broadcasts from NASA Television for the landing
8.00pm: Drinks reception
8.30pm: Finish

17 Nov 2018 - 10:30am

Morning of Theoretical Physics

Saturday November 17 - 10:30 am


Speakers will include Prof John Chalker (Head of Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics), Prof Siddharth Parameswaran and Prof Alex Schekochihin

To find out more details, and to register please visit this link.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:00pm

Atmospheric Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) annual alumni event at the Royal Society

Poles Apart!

Short talks, panel discussions and a drinks and canapes reception at this wonderful venue.
Please book soon to avoid disappointment! Booking ends 2 November.

The format of the event will include four short talks from leading academics, followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Prof Phil Stier, Head of AOPP.