Past Events

19 Jun 2018 - 5:00pm

Realising The Astronomy of the Future III: The Wetton lecture

How do we find planets around other stars?

Professor David W. Hogg
Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, New York University

18 Jun 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

Primary School Science Day
Oxford University MPLS Divison

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A fun day of science activities for students in Year 5 and 6. The event aims to inspire students, engage their curiosity and create excitement around science.

7 Jun 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

CalTech President Thomas Rosenbaum will discuss new ways to interrogate nature on 7 June 2018 from 12:00-14:00 in the Physics Department (Audrey Wood Seminar Room).

President Rosenbaum will share stories of great discoveries with a CalTech bent and how they illustrate the creativity, persistence, and inspiration of science. He intends to make remarks for 20 to 30 minutes and to take questions on any topic desired for the rest of the time.

This event is free and open for all students and researchers, but there are only 40 places.

31 May 2018 - 2:00pm

Dr Michihisa Yamamoto,from the Quantum-Phase Electronic Center, the University of Tokyo & RIKEN, winner of this year's Sir Martin Wood Prize, will deliver his lecture on 'Management and Control of the Phase of an Electron Wave' at 14:

23 May 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Physics Year 3 & 4 Leavers Reception and Photo

All Physics students from year 3 & 4 that are leaving us this year, are welcome to come to this informal, fun and friendly event organised by the Alumni Office. It is a social occassion, with free drinks and food, and the opportunity to have your group photo taken, and for you to meet our Alumni Officer who will be your contact with the Department once you leave.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the day!

22 May 2018 - 5:30pm

22 May 2018 (17.30pm – door open 17.15)
2018 Halley Lecture
Professor Adam Showman, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PU (Followed by drinks reception – Martin Wood Foyer foyer)

Registration via:

18 May 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Clarendon Laboratory
University of Oxford
Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PU

17 May 2018 - 6:45pm to 8:00pm

On May 17th the Institute of Physics and Oxford University will be hosting a public talk by Professor Julia Yeomans, researching in the Physics of Soft and Biological matter.

Talk description

Active materials such as bacteria, molecular motors and self-propelled colloids, are Nature’s engines. They continuously transform chemical energy from their environment to mechanical work. Because they are tiny, the engines operate in a very different environment to manmade machines, where they have to contend with crowding, strong fluctuations and high viscosities.

12 May 2018 - 10:00am to 13 May 2018 - 4:00pm


Clarendon Laboratory
University of Oxford
Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PU

11 May 2018 - 4:30pm

58th Cherwell Simon Lecture 2018
‘Random Walk to Graphene’
Prof Sir Andre Geim - University of Manchester

11 May - 16:30 - Martin Wood Complex

Graphene – a single plane of carbon atoms – is probably the simplest material one can imagine. On the other hand, graphene has acquired so many superlatives to its name that it is often called a wonder material.
I will discuss how this research started and, then, try to explain why graphene attracts so much attention these days.