UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


Science Centre Lectures

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 2019 - Summer Term 2019

10 May
Crystallography and how Biology and Physics can help design new Pharmaceuticals to treat pain
Professor Bonnie Wallace, 
Institute of Structural Crystallography, 
Birkbeck College University of London.
17 May
Geometry in Curvy Space – when Angles Don’t Sum to 180
Albert Wood, Ph.D student, 
UCL Department of Mathematics.
24 May
Seismology, Plate Tectonics and Earthquake Geology.
Dr Tom Mitchell 
UCL Department of Earth Sciences.
31 May
No lecture ( School half term)  
7 June
The Chemistry of the Periodic Table of  the Natural Elements - a demonstration lecture
Dr Jeremy Carl Cockcroft,
UCL Department of Chemistry.


14 June
Medical Physics
Dr Cameron Deans 
UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy
21 June Space Geodesy- Survey of Planet Earth by Global Satellites

Dr Santosh Bhattarai UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering.

28 June Introduction to Astrophysics,Dr Jon Holdship, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.



5 JulyIntroduction to Astronomy and our place in the Universe        Dr Sarah Hutton, Henrietta Barnett School, London.


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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