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 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.


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.  (With the exception of 31st March 2021 which is held on a Wednesday)

Spring Term 2021

26th FebruaryThe Copernican Revolution: The Move towards a Heliocentric Solar System.

Professor Andrew Gregory. UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies.

5th MarchAn Introduction to Astrophysics and the Search for Transient Astronomical Sources.

Miss Aysha Aamer , PG Student. UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.

12th MarchThe Chemistry of the Natural Elements of the Periodic Table - a lecture demonstration.

Dr Jeremy Carl Cockcroft. UCL  Department of Chemistry.

19th MarchThe Origin of Life

Professor Matthew Powner. UCL Chemistry Department.

26th MarchViruses

Professor Elspeth Garman. Department of Molecular Biophysics. University of Oxford.


31st March.


Geology of the British Isles.

Professor David Dobson. UCL Department of Earth Sciences.

Past Lcturers and Comments

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