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Department of Physics

Educational Outreach


Please note, this year's lectures will be in-person at the Cavendish Laboratory from 6pm to 7pm, with an Isaac Physics session from 5pm.

Cambridge Physics Centre: Lecture Programme 2023/24

Supported by the Cavendish Laboratory, the Institute of Physics and the Department of Engineering.


This lecture series is open to all, but aimed at those in years 12 and 13.  It exists to enthuse, stimulate and challenge students and their teachers across the whole broad spectrum of physics-related topics.  It is a live event at the Cavendish Laboratory, directions to the lectures and parking for the evening can be found here.

An interactive Isaac Physics problem solving session starts at 5pm, lectures start at 6pm and finish by 7pm. There is no need to book these lectures, you can just turn up on the day. 

If you wish to be informed of future lectures, please use our CPC Mailing List Sign-up form.

Feedback can be given here.

Recordings of this year's lectures are available here.


Lecture Title



Thursday 5th October

Rare Beauty - Seeking New Physics at the LHCb Experiment

Dr Harry Cliff, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Tuesday 7th November

Seeing Early Cancer in a New Light Prof Sarah Bohndiek,  Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Thursday 7th December Passive House: Low-carbon Building Margaret Reynolds, RIBA





Thursday 18th January

The A-Z of Diffraction: Discovering the structure of DNA Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, OBE, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Thursday 8th February
(Please note date change)

Blast Engineering Dr Sam Rigby, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield
Thursday 21st March Unveiling the Mysteries of the Early Universe with JWST Dr Charlotte Simmonds, Astrophysics Research Group, Cambridge University

Recordings of past lectures can be viewed here.