School of Physics & Astronomy

Nottingham Physics Centre

The Nottingham Physics Centre provides talks and presentations on many aspects of Physics, both pure and applied. We aim to make the lectures accessible to all with an interest in Science. However, we make particular efforts to ensure that the lectures are presented at a level which is appropriate to sixth form students of Physics and first year University undergraduates.

In some cases the lectures offer an in-depth view of topics which students may be meeting on their A-level course; in other cases they relate to topics of intrinsic interest to young scientists with an enquiring mind. Many of them are presented by physicists who are researching in their specialist field and it is not uncommon for us to hear of new discoveries before they have had time to reach the textbooks. Presenters often have excellent demonstrations or images to illustrate their work and always display the enthusiasm which only a worker at the cutting edge of his or her specialism can have. Some of our speakers are happy to give a short summary of the steps they went through to reach their present positions which acts as a useful insight into career progression. Nearly all are happy to respond to questions from the floor and the lecturer is often detained after the finishing time by an enthusiastic group of students keen to gain some further insight.

The Physics Centre normally meets 3 or 4 times during the Autumn term. The programme of events is usually ready by the beginning of September and is routinely distributed to schools.

Programme of Meetings 2015/2016

This year there are a few changes to times and places. The October lecture is a special joint lecture with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and will be held in LT5 Newton Building Nottingham city centre at 18:30

The November and December meetings are in the usual place, C4 Physics Building, School of Physics and Astronomy at Nottingham University but please note we are starting a little later 17:00 to give people more time to travel. We aim to finish by 18:00.

Admission is free and tickets are not normally required.

*Tuesday 11 October 2016
Joint NTU/ UoN Special Lecture
*18:30 LT5 Newton Building Nottingham NTU city campus* (Directions & Map)

The Higgs boson and Particle Physics at the LHC: Continuing the exploration of fundamental physics.
Prof Daniela Bortoletto
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Regular UoN Physics centre lectures (Directions & Map)
17:00* Room C4, School of Physics and Astronomy, University

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Experimental attempts to underpin Dark Energy searches
Dr Clare Burrage
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham

Tuesday 13 December 2016
Gravitational Waves: from lasers interferometers to a new era in astronomy
Professor Andreas Freise
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham

Secretary: Mr Chris Staddon
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nottingham  
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
Tel. (0115) 951 5181 

The Nottingham Physics Centre is a branch of the Institute of Physics and is wholly funded by them.


School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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