Twice a year we throw open our doors and welcome you into the Department of Physics for Stargazing Oxford and Physics: Lab to Life... These two very different events offer a unique opportunity to meet and chat to our researchers about their research, try hands-on physics activities and get a closer look at some of our specialist facilities that play such a key role in conducting pioneering research.

Into the Cosmos (previously Stargazing Oxford): January

Each year more than 1,000 people of all ages gathered at Stargazing Oxford to explore the wonders of the Universe. This year we will run 'Into the Cosmos' which provides a new opportunity to immerse yourself in astronomy and astrophysics. Activities include talks, hands-on stalls and observing (night-sky, solar and radio). Our friendly astronomers will be on hand to answer all of your questions: what constellations can you see in the night sky this month? Why do stars explode? Is there life on other planets? What happened at the very beginning of the universe? 

Physics: Lab to Life: March

This annual event gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how we shift our physics from the lab into your life. You can tour the laboratories where the science is happening now, from next-generation solar cells to quantum computers and hear how we are transforming the work into technology. There are lots of hands-on science stalls where you can investigate more of these science stories, pick the brains of the researchers behind them, and uncover how physics is changing your life.