UCL Astrophysics Group


Astronomy on Tap London

Astronomy on Tap (AoT) offers a fun and relaxed environment for scientists, educators, writers and artists to share their work exploring the Universe with the general public in a bar

Originally started in New York City, AoT is not your typical science lecture. Each event usually features two or more accessible, engaging science presentations on topics ranging from planets around other stars to supermassive black holes to the beginning (and end) of the Universe. 

In 2020, Astronomy on Tap was brought to London by PhD students and Postdocs based at UCL. Due to the unfortunate timing coinciding with the Covid-19 outbreak, AoT London launched online following an innovative format, with its start on 8 April 2020. Our events featured short talks by researchers based in London, and were streamed on YouTube. Watch our past events here.


AoT London aims to bring together scientists and the people of London, making astronomy more fun and accessible regardless of age or background. As we plan for our formal launch in a bar near you when everything will be back to normal, we now seek active participation from both researchers and the public based in London and beyond. For the foreseeable future, all AoT London events will be live-streamed on YouTube. 

To keep up-to-date with events and announcements, be sure to follow our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On our social media we post exciting quizzes to entertain the public and the answers are then given during our live events. Don't miss out! For more information about the events and organisation, on how to get involved with AoT or to sign up to give a talk, please feel free to get in touch with us at astronomyontaplondon@gmail.com.

Our next live event will be on Wednesday, 31 March at 7pm BST, when Niall Jeffrey (UCL & ENS Paris) will talk about "Learning Cosmology with Artificial Intelligence". The hope of cosmologists is to understand our Universe and its laws of physics. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) have come to our aid to answer questions about Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and the Big Bang. However, these innovations raise fundamental challenges. Can we really understand what an AI system has learned? Tune in to our YouTube live event here to learn how IA can help unravel the mysteries of the Universe!