General interest seminar archive

Previous General interest Seminars are listed below. Past events of other types can be found via our Events archive page.

The special  R   label denotes that additional resources (e.g. slides) are available for this event.

Date Title Speaker(s)
2017
02 Oct 2017 The Dark Side of the Universe R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Catherine Heymans
21 Sep 2017 HYPED: The Edinburgh Hyperloop Project
23 Mar 2017 Where do elements come from? Studying stars in the lab
  • Marialuisa Aliotta
16 Mar 2017 Gas Hydrates - From a Laboratory Curiosity to Global Importance
  • Werner Kuhs (University of Göttingen)
02 Mar 2017 Gravitational waves - the new Astronomy? (2017 Ailsa Sparkes Memorial Seminar)
  • Sheila Rowan (University of Glasgow)
02 Feb 2017 Order without symmetry breaking
  • Christopher Stock
2016
15 Nov 2016 Caramel, cement and corn flour: Adventures of a modern natural philosopher
  • Wilson Poon
12 Oct 2016 Electron-Ion Collider: A new scientific frontier
  • Rik Yoshida (Jefferson Lab, USA)
12 May 2016 Robust Emergence of Diverse Planetary Systems and the Prospects of Life around Other Stars
  • D Lin (University of California in Santa Cruz)
24 Mar 2016 The Cosmological Context of the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Rosemary Wyse (Johns Hopkins University)
22 Mar 2016 IPNP colloquium: the first detection of gravitational waves
  • Michele Maggiore (University of Geneva)
2015
30 Nov 2015 Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model with the World’s Largest Penning Trap
  • B. Lee Roberts (Boston University)
29 Oct 2015 How do magmas behave at depth?
  • Chrystèle Sanloup (Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris)
22 Oct 2015 Is the speed of light in free space always c?
  • Miles Padgett (Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow)
15 Oct 2015 Phase-engineered Light Patterns for Ultracold Atom Experiments
  • Donatella Cassettari (University of St Andrews)
19 Mar 2015 Making atoms see the light (or not) - Electromagnetically-induced transparency for structured light
26 Feb 2015 Looking Outward, Inward, Homeward: a talk by Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
  • Ellen Stofan (Chief Scientist National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
19 Feb 2015 The Big ILW Physics Lecture
22 Jan 2015 At the Interface of Physics and Biology, and the Physics and Biology of Interfaces: Inaugural Lecture
  • Cait MacPhee
2014
13 Nov 2014 Electron-phonon coupling, anharmonic phonons, and snowflakes
  • Richard Needs (University of Cambridge)
28 Oct 2014 Nuclear Astrophysics at the CIRCE Laboratory
24 Oct 2014 Repurposing the Large Hadron Collider
  • John Jowett (CERN)
21 Oct 2014 Physics of Life in Extreme Environments
  • Joe Zaccai (Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble)
06 Mar 2014 Bionic hearing: the science and the experience R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Ian Shipsey (University of Oxford)
2013
28 Nov 2013 The Higgs boson and our life
  • Fabiola Gianotti (CERN)
10 Oct 2013 The Solution to a Fifty Year Old Mystery
  • Frank Close (University of Oxford)
11 Apr 2013 Scientific & Computational Advances in Fusion Energy Research
  • William Tang (Princeton University/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory)
2012
29 Nov 2012 As Weird as They Come: Elemental Metals at High Pressure
  • Ingo Loa
11 Oct 2012 The Infinity Puzzle: From QED to the Higgs Boson and beyond
  • Frank Close (University of Oxford)
20 Sep 2012 The Higgs boson reveals all! R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Victoria Martin
10 May 2012 On the Shoulders of Eastern Giants: The Forgotten Legacy of Medieval Physicists R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Jim Al-Khalili
26 Apr 2012 Neutrinos at the Terascale: a tale of 3.5 frontiers R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Heinrich Paes (University of Dortmund)
05 Apr 2012 The Infinity Puzzle: from atoms to the LHC
  • Frank Close (University of Oxford)
29 Mar 2012 The hundred year hunt for the red sprite
  • Peter McLeish
23 Feb 2012 Seminar: Life-plans, Research and Sidetracks
  • Athene Donald (University of Cambridge)
23 Feb 2012 Seminar: The Dark Universe
  • Catherine Heymans
26 Jan 2012 Life in the Universe: Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Charles Cockell R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Charles Cockell
2011
17 Nov 2011 A random walk through the forest - or how we guess the strength of wood. In 3D! R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Dan Ridley-Ellis (Napier University)
28 Oct 2011 A weighty problem: the hunt for the Higgs boson R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • William Murray (STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
19 May 2011 Homi Bhabha Lecture - At the edge of glassiness: how simple can a complex system be? R Additional Resources are available for this event
01 Apr 2011 Confessions of a Converted Lecturer R Additional Resources are available for this event
  • Eric Mazur (Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University)
2010
15 Apr 2010 Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays: experimental progress and the puzzles the data present
  • Glennys Farrar (New York University)
2009
26 Nov 2009 Deep underground science at Boulby Mine: Dark matter and beyond
15 Oct 2009 Sex and Molecular Evolution
  • Brian Charlesworth (University of Edinburgh)
24 Sep 2009 STFC: Where did it all go wrong?
10 Jun 2009 The Hunt for the Higgs
  • Nigel Glover (Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, University of Durham)
28 Apr 2009 Naïve beliefs about physics and education
  • David Hestenes (Arizona State University)
26 Mar 2009 The search for the origin of mass
  • James Wells (CERN)
12 Mar 2009 The Lusi mud volcano
05 Mar 2009 From neutrino oscillations to curing cancer
  • Ken Peach (University of Oxford)
19 Feb 2009 The Monster at your Doorstep: Edinburgh University's HECToR Supercomputer
2008
06 Nov 2008 Weightlessness—the best diet in the world? (or how (not) to build planets)
  • Helen Fraser (Strathclyde University)
30 Oct 2008 Life on Mars Time—an account of the Phoenix Mission
  • Tom Pike (Imperial College)
23 Oct 2008 Space as an Extreme Environment
16 Oct 2008 Gravitational waves searches - status and plans
10 Oct 2008 What do I know about Physics Education?
25 Sep 2008 Making Money by Cooling Crystals
  • Mike Glazer (Oxford University)
03 Apr 2008 Sustainable Energy
  • David J.C. MacKay (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
20 Mar 2008 The Corkscrew in the Sky
13 Mar 2008 What lies beneath; and how the LHC could help us find out
06 Mar 2008 Smart insurance modelling - why is my team full of physics PhDs?
2007
22 Nov 2007 The Science and Technology Facilities Council
15 Nov 2007 Invisible cloaks and the perfect lens
  • John Pendry (Imperial College, London)
01 Nov 2007 Biological Physics - Science or Gimmickry?
25 Oct 2007 Lord Crawford's Astronomy Library
  • Owen Gingerich (Harvard University)
27 Sep 2007 The Search for Origin of the Highest Energy Particles in Nature
04 Sep 2007 Students' Investigative Skills and the Physics Laboratory - research and good practice seen from 'Down Under'
  • David Mills (Monash University, Australia)
22 Mar 2007 Statistics, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the Anthropic Principle
  • Andrew Jaffe (Imperial College London)
15 Mar 2007 Some advances in radiotherapy
08 Mar 2007 The Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry
  • Franz Muheim
01 Mar 2007 The Antikythera Mechanism Decoded
22 Feb 2007 Liquid Films, Bubbles and Drops ; A Demonstration Lecture
08 Feb 2007 The Use of Physics in Computer Games
01 Feb 2007 Nanotechnology: challenging chips and crime
  • Russell Cowburn (Imperial College London)
25 Jan 2007 Undergraduate laboratory physics – Has anything changed in 25 years?
2006
07 Dec 2006 Harnessing plasma waves to accelerate particles and amplify light
23 Nov 2006 How Cold is Cold Fusion?
  • Janne Wallenius (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden)

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Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend.

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