UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy



Welcome to the Physics and Astronomy Alumni page. We hope you enjoyed your time at UCL and would like to keep in touch.  Please feel free to contact Bonita Carboo if you have any suggestions for this site or any general comments or queries you have as we will be happy to help.

Annual Alumni Dinner

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! .

We are very excited to announce that the after-dinner speaker at the 2018 Gala Dinner to be held on 19 October will be Professor Mark Thomson, Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Funding Council, STFC.

Mark Thomson is Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Cambridge. This year he was appointed as Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is one of the seven research councils of UK Research and Innovation. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford (1985 - 1992). He then joined UCL as Research Fellow, before being employed by CERN for six years. At CERN he played a leading role in the precision measurements of the properties of the W and Z bosons at the LEP collider. In 2000 he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a lectureship at the Cavendish Laboratory and a Fellowship at Emmanuel College.

Professor Thomson has held national and international research leadership roles at the forefront of particle physics in both neutrino physics and collider physics. Most recently, he was the co-leader of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a collaboration of over 1000 scientists, working towards the construction of a major new project in the US. Throughout his research career he has worked closely with scientists from UCL, particularly in the area of neutrino physics. He will speak on 'The importance of collaboration in the rapidly changing research and innovation landscape.'



Arrival drinks


Welcome by Professor Raman Prinja


Dinner service


After-dinner speech by Professor Mark Thomson

Please Note: The Gala Dinner is fully booked. 

Annual Review

The Annual Review is sent out to Alumni on a yearly basis. It contains highlights of the previous year and is our way of keeping in touch with Alumni. Included in the review is an invitation to the Annual Alumni Dinner.

If you are not on our mailing lists and would like to join, please email the Alumni Administrator, Bonita Carboo.

See our Annual Review section to download previous annual reviews.

2018 Annual Physics & Astronomy Lecture

The 2018 Annual Physics & Astronomy Lecture will be given by Professor Giovanna Tinetti, leader of the ARIEL mission to study the atmosphere of planets beyond our Solar System and a member of the department's Astrophysics group.

The Lecture will be held on Friday, 19 October 2018 at 4.15pm, in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building (Main Building). 

Speaker: Professor Giovanna Tinetti

Title: Brave new worlds: the planets in our galaxy
The Earth is special to us – it’s our home. But is it really special as a planet? Every star we can see in the night sky is likely to be orbited by planets. There are probably a thousand billion planets in our galaxy alone. 
In about twenty years, over 3800 “exoplanets” have been discovered in distant solar systems. There are planets completing a revolution around their mother star in less than one day, as well as planets orbiting two or even three stars or moving on trajectories so eccentric as to resemble comets. Some of them are freezing cold, some are so hot that their surface is molten. But beyond that our knowledge falters: What are they made of? How did they form? What’s the weather like there? Are they habitable?  

Finding out why are these new worlds as they are and what is the Earth’s place in our galaxy and –ultimately– in the universe, is one of the key challenges of modern astrophysics.


2017 Lecture:

The Annual Physics & Astronomy Lecture was held on Friday, 20 October 2017

Speaker: Dr Alexandra Olaya Castro

Title: Bridging Quantum Science and Biology

Quantum Science has achieved a remarkable theoretical and experimental success. It allows us to predict, quantify and probe “quantumness” in a variety of atomic, solid state, and optical scenarios. Concomitantly, technological advances have enabled us to zoom into the biological world, down to the biomolecular scale to investigate the domain where quantum phenomena cannot be neglected. The dialog, at times full of scepticism, between these two areas has given strength to the field of quantum effects in biology. In this lecture I will discuss how this field is helping to draw a sophisticated picture of fundamental processes in biology such as photosynthesis. The insight promises to open avenues to transform life processes on Earth by understanding and modifying them at the quantum level.

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Details of previous Annual Physics Lectures can be found on: www.ucl.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/alumni/annual-lectures

Noted Alumni

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