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 2022

6th MayHolograms of the fast and frustrated: Electrons & LasersMs.  Abbie Bray. Ph.D Research Student.
UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.
13th MayViruses.Dr. Robert W. Janes. 
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Queen Mary University of London
20th MayThe Science of NetZero CO2 emission in Todays’s ClimateMr. Sean McQuaid.
ERCE Evolution.
27th MayThe Atomic Structure of Diamond - not just a girl’s best friend?Professor Katherine Holt.
UCL Department of Chemistry
3rd June No LectureSchools Half Term

10th  June


The Discovery of Blood Circulation

Professor Andrew Gregory

UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies

17th JuneBig and Small: from Planets to Proteins

Affelia Wibisono.
Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
Alex Holmes.
Light Laboratories,
University of Leeds.

24th JuneYour Universe LectureDr Francisco Diego Quintana, 
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
1st July Radiocarbon Dating in ArchaeologyDr. Lorena Becerra-Valdivia.
Oxford Radiocarbon Dating Unit,
University of Oxford.

Past Lectures and Comments

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