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.  

Autumn Term 2022

7th OctThe Science and Mathematics of Classical GreeceProfessor Andrew Gregory.
UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies
13th OctQuantum Machine LearningMr. Julio A. Figueroa Quintana.
Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
21st OctInterstellar TravelProfessor Alan Aylward.
UCL Department of Physics & Mathematics
28th Oct No LectureSchools Half Term

4th Nov


How do you turn Antartica into a gigantic telescope , searching for Neutrinos, Cosmic Rays and mini Black Holes

Professor  Ryan Nichol.

UCL  Department of Physics & Astronomy

11th NovCopernicus Revolution: the move towards a Heliocentric Solar System. 

Professor Andrew Gregory.

UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies

18th NovGravity, Waves & Theory of Everything

Dr. Ali Mozaffari.

Lecturer and Admissions Tutor in Natural Sciences.

Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

25th NovExoMars Rover: Looking for Life on MarsProfessor Andrew Coates.
Mullard Space Science Laborotary
2nd DecWe Are Stardust: how new stars and their planets are bornDr. Kate Pattle

University College London
9th DecGanymede- Jupiter’s magnetic Moon, a unique object in our Solar System.

Professor Nick Achilleos.

UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy

Past Lectures and Comments

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