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.

Stargazing Oxford (January)

Each year more than 1,000 people of all ages gather at Stargazing Oxford as they seek to explore the wonders of the Universe. 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? Rain or shine, there is always plenty of astronomy to immerse yourself in!

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.