UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Science Centre Lectures


The Science Centre Lectures at UCL 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.  You will have to provide your own biscuits and water, but everything you know and love about the long running lecture series will be back.

Full details about how and where to join will be avaible shortly.

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.


Full details about how and where to join for free will be avaible shortly. Lectures will 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 a maximum of 30 minutes for discussion. 


Online using Zoom through the Zoom App or via your browser.  Sign up to lectures here using Eventbrite.

Programme 2020/21 - Autumn 2020

2 October
Professor Elspeth Garman, Department of Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford..
9 October
The Discovery of Blood Circulation
Professor Andrew Gregory, UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies.
16 October
Space Geodesy- Survey of planet Earth by global satellites
Dr. Santosh Bhattarai, UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
23 October
Would you really leave your family to go Colonising Planet Mars as a one-way venture?

Professor Alan Aylward, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.

30 October
No lecture, school half term.
6 NovemberNet Zero Carbon emission ? The science of limiting global warming.Mr. Sean McQuaid, ERC Equipoise Ltd. London
13 NovemberSearch for Extrasolar Planets and Life beyond solar system with ground and Space based photometry.Dr. Ingo Waldmann. UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.

20 November

Right Hand Left hand: The origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures.

Professor Chris McManus. UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

27 November

The Atomic Structure of Diamond – not just a girl’s best friend?

Professor Katherine Holt. UCL Department of Chemistry.

04 December

(Mis)Communication of Science

Dr Mark Fuller and Guests

11 December

The Hidden World of the Atom

Professor Robert  Palgrave. UCL Department of Chemistry

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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