Public talks and events

The School of Physics and Astronomy arranges regular public talks about the research carried out here that are aimed at a non-specialist audience. Staff and students also take part in a variety of other public events from time to time. The schedule of forthcoming talks and events is shown below. Keep an eye out for further details as they appear here or sign up to our public mailing list. All public events are free of charge unless stated otherwise. Registering via the Eventbrite site helps us to plan events — a link is given below where this applies.

Public talks and events in 2018


Pint of Science Festival 2018                          Venue: The Horseshoe, 24 Clarkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AG

On 14 and 16 May, researchers from the School of Physics and Astronomy will be taking part in the annual Pint of Science event, an international festival that brings together scientists and the public in the informal atmosphere of a local pub.

Getting up Close to the Sun — on 14 May at 7:30 pm, Prof. David Burgess will describe the Parker Solar Probe and its mission to carry out the closest exploration of the Sun ever attempted. Tickets are £4 each and can be booked here.

Hidden Dimensions, and A Zoo of Particles — on 16 May at 7:30 pm, Prof. David Berman will reveal how string theory leads us to suspect that our world has hidden dimensions of space; and Dr Marcella Bona will describe our current understanding of the fundamental particles that make up the world around us and how facilities like the Large Hadron Collider enable us to probe ever further into the detail. Tickets are £4 each and can be booked here.


Thursday 24 May at 7:00 pm                         Venue: G. O. Jones Lecture Theatre, QMUL Mile End Campus

Dark Matter and the hidden cosmos — a talk by Dr Tommi Tenkanen

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the matter in the Universe. It’s called baryonic matter. It’s the stuff we are made of and it’s the stuff the world around us is made of. It’s also the stuff that stars and galaxies are made of. It’s the stuff we can see. But we now know there is more matter in the Universe than just this type of matter that we can see — much more. In this talk Dr Tommi Tenkanen will describe this mysterious dark matter, that actually accounts for around 85% of all the matter in the Universe. Although we know it is there, we don’t know what it is. The hunt is on to find the ghostly particles — if indeed that’s what they are — that make up the hidden cosmos. Register for this talk here.