UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Science Centre Lectures

UCL Science Centre Lectures are back.  We will be hosting virtual online lectures so we hope many more of you can join us for our early evening discussions on a huge range of science related topics.

The Science Centre was first established in 1987 by Dr Sadiq Kadifachi and it was incorporated into UCL in 1997. Videos of last terms lectures can be viewed in our archive. The Science Centre Lectures are free lectures on a range of scientific subjects for sixth form students and their teachers. They are held on Friday evenings throughout the academic year.


Lectures are held online using Zoom through the Zoom App or via your browser.  Sign up to lectures here using Eventbrite and start at 6:30pm on the Friday evenings as they always have, and will last approx one hour

The talks are aimed at sixth form students and teachers, but are frequently attended (and enjoyed) by members of the public, teachers, academics and undergraduates. There is usually a lively Q&A session at the end of the talk. Sixth form & fifth form (year 11) students are welcome with or without a teacher.


All talks are held on Fridays at 6.30pm and last for approximately 1 hour, followed by 30 minutes for discussion.  

Summer Term 2021

14th MayAstrobiology and the Search for Life in the UniverseProfessor Ian Crawford.
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Birkbeck University of London
21st MayChemistry through the looking glass: Mirror-image Molecules in Chemistry, Biology and PharmacologyDr Mike Porter.
UCL  Department of Chemistry
28th MayMilankovitch  Cycles, Ice Ages and Climate ChangeProfessor Alan Aylward.
Atmospheric Physics laboratory.
UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.
4th JuneNo Lecture,  Schools Half Term.


11th JuneFractals and Chaos Theory

Dr Mark Fuller.
UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy

18th June

Forensic Science - DNA evidence  (Due to speaker location and timings there will not be a Q&A during this lecture)

Dr Georgina Meakin.
University of Technology Sydney. Australia

25th June

2nd July

Your Universe lecturesTBA

Past Lcturers and Comments

A list of past lecturers and comments by attendees, can be seen on our Past Lecturers and Comments page.