School of Physics & Astronomy

Scientific Talks & Demonstrations

We can offer talks on a wide range of topics in physics and astronomy, including:


  • The Violent Lives of Galaxies (Dr Meghan Gray)
  • Placing the Timelords on the Kardashev Scale (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • Exoplanets (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • SETI: Are we alone? (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • Megadeath (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • Global Warming (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • Life, the Universe and Everything (Prof Frazer Pearce)

  • 21st Century Telescopes (Prof Mike Merrifield)
  • Dark Matter:An observational perspective (Dr Simon Dye)
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution (Prof Alfonso Aragon-Salamanca)
  • Galaxies - One Gigayear at a time (Dr Julian Onions)
  • Astrophysics for dummies (Dr Julian Onions)
  • A universe from scratch (Dr Julian Onions)
  • Colours of the universe (Dr Julian Onions)
  • Things that fo Bang!in the night (sky) (Dr Julian Onions)
  • Adventures in the Goldilocks zone: the search for other Earths (Prof Frazer Pearce)
  • The First Galaxies in the Universe (Prof Christopher Conselice)
  • The formation of galaxies over 13 billion years (Prof Christopher Conselice)


  • Cosmology: What do we really know about the Universe? (Prof Anne Green)
  •  The search for dark matter (Prof Anne Green)
  • The real science behind Parallel Universes (Prof Tony Padilla)
  • Black holes and Extra dimensions (Prof Tony Padilla)
  • The mystery of quantum gravity (Prof Tony Padilla)

Medical Physics

  • From Star Trek to Medical Imaging’ A lecture on MRI (Prof Penny Gowland)
  • Applications of Medical Physics (Prof Penny Gowland)
  • How we watch what your brain does (Dr Rebecca Dewey)

Quantum Physics

  •  Quantum technologies, fact or fiction? (Prof Mark Fromhold)


  • The Wow! and Woo of Quantum Physics (Prof Philip Moriarty)
  • When the Uncertainity Principle Goes to 11 (Prof Philip Moriarty)
  • 3D printing with atoms (Prof Philip Moriarty)

Condensed Matter

  • Diamagnetic levitation: a real spindizzy (Dr Richard Hill)

We can visit schools and other groups across the country to deliver these talks, or we can present the talk here if you would prefer to visit the University. We also host the Midland Branch of the Institute of Physics who deliver a number of physics-related lectures every year. In addition, we can present practical demonstrations of astronomy and physics using experimental apparatus and materials such as liquid nitrogen that are not usually available to these groups.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or would like to hear about some other topic in modern physics, please contact our Outreach Officer Chris Staddon to organize an appropriate talk for your group.

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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