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 - Autumn Term 2019

4 October 
Right Hand Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures.
Professor Chris McManus
UCL Faculty of Life Sciences
11 October
Geophysics in Gas and Oil Explroration and should we extract gas from shale by hydrofracking?
Mr Sean McQuaid 
ERC Equipoise Ltd.
18 October
The Diamond Light Source: A Scientific Tour and X-ray Synchrotrons: How they work and applications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics" 
Dr Jeremy Karl Cockcroft


UCL Department of Chemistry


25 October
No Lectures (School half term).

1 November
Origin, Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs    
Professor Paul Barrett
Natural History Museum Earth Sciences
8 November
Everest High Altitude Medicine
Dr Daniel Martin, 
UCL Centre for Altitude, Space & Extreme Environmental Medicine
15 November
Diamond - more than just a girl's best friend?            
Professor Katherine Holt, UCL Department of Chemistry.


22 November
Space Geodesy - Survey of Planet  Earth by Global Satellites. 
  Dr Santosh Bhattarai,
UCL Department of Civil, Environmental &  Geomatic Engineering.
29 November
Finding Neutrinos in  Antartica and beyond: Searching for exploding Stars, Black Holes, Cosmic Rays  and more?
Professor Ryan Nichol, UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.
6 December
The Copernican Revolution: The move towards a Heliocentric Solar System.
Professor Andrew Gregory, UCL Department of Science & Technology Studies.
13 December
The Particle Zoo: News from the Subatomic World of Elementary Particle Physics
Dr Gavin Hesketh UCL Department of Physics & Astronomy.


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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