UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Science Centre Lectures


Due to the current situation The Sceicne Centre Lectures at UCL have been postponed until further notice.  We shall keep the webpage upto date with any future developments.


The Science Centre was first established in 1987 by Dr Sadiq Kadifachi and it was incorporated into UCL in 1997. Videos of past 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.


All are welcome, admission is free and no booking or tickets are required.

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 a maximum of 30 minutes for discussion. Refreshments are available free from 5.30pm onwards.


In the autumn and spring terms lectures are held in the Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H OAJ.

In the summer term lectures are held in Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, entrance in Gower Court, off Gower Place.

Programme 2020 - Autumn Term 2020

31 January 
How the Large Hadron Collider Cures Cancer: Proton Therapy at UCLH.
Dr Simon Jolly
UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.
7 February
The hidden World of Atoms -  a lecture demonstration.
Professor Robert Palgrave,
UCL Department of Chemistry.
14 February
Geometry in Curvy space - when Angles Don’t Sum to 180.   
Mr Albert Wood, Ph.D student, 
UCL Department of Mathematics.
21 February
No Lectures (School half term).

28 February
Geochronology: Using Radioactivity to determine the age of the Earth, date the Extinction of the Dinosaurs, etc. 
Dr Pieter Vermeesch,                    Radiometric Geochronology Research,   UCL Department of Earth Sciences.
6 March
The new science of Astrobiology and the search for life in the Universe.
Professor Ian Crawford, Centre for Planetary Science, Birkbeck University of London.
13 March
Flu Viruses: How can rational drug design help?  Using X-Ray Crystallography.         
Professor Elspeth Garman, 
Molecular Biophysics,
University of Oxford.
20 March
Lecture Postponed


Past Lecturers and Comments

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

Promoted jointly with the Institute of Physics and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
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