Physics & Astronomy Gala Dinner 2015

Professor Jon Butterworth

Professor Jon Butterworth, Head of Physics and Astronomy, is delighted to announce the Physics & Astronomy Department Gala Dinner on Friday 23 October 2015.

The Gala Dinner aims to bring together our alumni, students and staff for a celebration of what has fundamentally made this Department a success- you!

The Old Refectory UCL. Credit: UCL Media Services

Date: Friday 23 October 2015

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury. Further details will be included in your e-ticket upon confirmation of your booking.

Price: £45 per person, inclusive of a welcome drink, three-course dinner with wine, coffee and petites fours.

Booking closes: Friday 26 September 2015

Dress code: Smart

Places available: 48 Alumni, 27 Students, 20 Staff, guests are welcome

The Old Refectory UCL. Credit: UCL Media Services

4.15pm - 5.15pm: Lecture given by Dr Gavin Hesketh entitled "Life after the Higgs: where next for particle physics?"

5.30pm - 6pm: Drinks Reception

6.30pm: Guests seated for dinner

Welcome speech by Professor Jon Butterworth (Head of Department) followed by the student awards ceremony

7.15pm: Dinner service

9.15pm: After- dinner speech by Professor R S Ellis FRS.

Professor Ellis is about to return as Professor to his alma mater UCL from his current position as the Steele Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH). His distinguished research focuses on observational cosmology addressing issues related to the nature of the world model, the origin and evolution of galaxies, the growth of large scale structure and the nature and distribution of dark matter.

The Old Refectory UCL. Credit: UCL Media Services

Menu choices should be made at time of booking, through the link on the Booking tab.


Bocconcini mozzarella salad with vine cherry tomatoes, basil and olives (v)


Scottish smoked salmon with keta caviar, creme fraiche and lemon

Main Courses

Roast corn-fed chicken with ballotine sun-dried tomato quinoa, roast pepper and olive stew


Salmon with tender steam broccoli, French beans, lemon and salsa Verde


Butternut squash parcels with walnut sauce and rocket salad (v)


Almond and peach tart with clotted ice-cream


Coconut and vanilla pod pannacotta with mango sorbet and ginger snap biscuit


The Old Refectory UCL. Credit: UCL Media Services

Expressions of interest are kindly requested by Friday 14th August 2015 and can be made by sending an email to Eve Allen ( This will ensure that a nominal place is reserved and priority access to the online booking system, which will open in September 2015. Guests are welcome.


Ms Eve Allen
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3943

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