Discover our upcoming events.

Breakup reactions to probe nuclear structure at the limit of stability

Thursday 4 August 2011

Takashi Nakamura, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama, Tokyo

Gaia Challenge

Monday 19 August 2013

09:00 to 15:00

With the launch of the ESA-Gaia satellite this year, our goal is to test and improve our mass modelling methods from Jeans modelling and distribution function modelling to Schwarzschild modelling, M2M and others. To this end, we are organising the first “Gaia Challenge” workshop this Summer August 19th - 23th at the University of Surrey, UK.

A night at the observatory

Monday 13 January 2014


The University of Surrey has recently started a new astrophysics group. Please join us to hear about some of their exciting work on the formation of stars, galaxies and the Universe as a whole. 

NASA's Exploration Program: A Path to Mars

Friday 16 May 2014

11:00 to 12:00

NASA’s Chief Scientist and Deputy Chief Technologist will provide an overview of NASA’s plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars, including plans for a human mission to an asteroid, with a specific focus on how science and technology will impact, and be impacted by, these ambitious plans. They will also discuss opportunities for international cooperation.

The department of Physics proudly presents its 5-a-side football tournament

Wednesday 21 May 2014


The tournament starts at 1pm on Wednesday 21st May on the AGP1 pitch at Surrey Sports Park.

If you are interested in participating please email PhySoc: with your name, team name, and affiliation (eg:  Level 1,2,3, MSc, Phd, staff, research group, alumni).  

Entry is free and on a first-come-first-served basis since teams numbers are limited. Each team must have at least one female member on the pitch at all times.

The winning team will be awarded the highly prestigious Al-Khalili Challenge Plate!

Wigner flow reveals quantum phase space features we thought could not be there

Thursday 29 May 2014

Dr Ole Steuernagel, University of Hertfordshire

The behaviour of classical mechanical systems is characterised by their phase portraits, the collections of their trajectories.

A panoramic VISTA of the stellar halo of NGC 253

Thursday 12 June 2014

Prof. Laura Greggio

I will introduce the general topic on the properties of stellar halos around late type galaxies, and on what they tell us with respect to the galaxy formation models.

Herschel and ALMA find supernovae as dust factories

Friday 13 June 2014

Mikako Matsuura, University College London

The formation of dust by core-collapse supernovae (CCSNe) is one of the key processes in the chemical and physical evolution of supernova ejecta, with implications for the origin of dust in the interstellar media of galaxies.

Physics Open Days June 2014

Friday 27 June 2014


The Department of Physics welcomes prospective undergraduate students and their families during the University wide Open Days on 27th and 28th June 2014.

CV Workshop & Surgery for PGRs

Tuesday 1 July 2014

11:00 to 13:00

All PGR students are invited to a CV workshop, followed by a ‘surgery’ with bookable 1:1 slots where you can have a personal CV review with an employer. The session is being run by Sally Williams from NPL and Keira Lawrence from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, (formerly Detica).

The most accurate measurement of temperature ever made

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Dr Michael de Podesta

Dr Michael de Podesta, Principal Research Scientist, National Physical Laboratory

SEPNet Careers Outside Academia for PhDs and Post Docs

Tuesday 14 October 2014

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Dr Kim Nilsson (Pivigo)

Talk on Data Science

Inspirational Physics

Wednesday 15 October 2014

12:45 to 16:00

This event is aimed at Year 12 students who have just started A-level Physics.

SEPNet Careers Talk

Tuesday 21 October 2014

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

First steps to an amazing career!

Mastering Online Applications

Tuesday 11 November 2014

John Lillington, Chief Technologist (Nuclear) from AMEC

Online competency-based applications are used by employers of all sizes, not just large corporates. 

SEPNet Student Expo

Wednesday 12 November 2014

10:00 am to 04:00 pm

We would be delighted if you would attend our forthcoming SEPnet Students’ Expo. 

The International Day of Medical Physics: Advances in Cancer Therapy

Wednesday 12 November 2014

16:30 to 19:30


The University of Surrey, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory, is organising an inaugural event to mark the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP, The IDMP recognises the birthday of Marie Curie with world-wide events in medical physics. This is part of a new initiative by the International Organization for Medical Physics to raise awareness of the role of medical physicists.

The increased usage of cutting edge technologies in the UK’s healthcare has proven to be a successful strategy in increasing the public’s quality of life. It is therefore extremely important to ensure that both the public and the clinical staff are aware of these new rapidly-developing treatment technologies. Medical physics is one of the fast growing fields of impact-driven science where new technologies are making a real difference to the lives of our citizens.

The event at Surrey will be one of its first kinds in the UK to gather public, medical physicist, researchers and students from around the UK to mark the International Day of Medical Physics. It will provide a platform for high profile speakers on the topic of cancer therapy, drawn from Clinical, Academia and Industry. The event has support from the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine who are the leading organisations in the field of Cancer Therapy, plus major industrial companies at the forefront of medical physics technology. Find out more about the companies participating in the exhibition (some to be confirmed) (PDF, 320KB).

Our evening program will feature key note speakers, leading into a panel discussion focused around UK’s healthcare and utilization of technologies and the impact of associated medical research. The event will also include an award presentation to Prof Nicholas Spyrou (Surrey’s Emeritus Professor of Medical Physics) for his lifelong commitment to the fields of Medical Physics and Nuclear Physics.

Find out more about the keynote speakers and panelists at the event (PDF, 335 KB).

SEPNet Medical Physics Visit To Royal Surrey County Hospital

Wednesday 19 November 2014

2pm to 4pm

You are invited to attend an employer visit to the National Co-ordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography (NCCPM) at the RSCH in Guildford.

Site Visit to CCFE (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy)

Wednesday 3 December 2014

CCFE ( is the UK's national laboratory for fusion research and is owned and operated by the UKAEA.

Is the Milky Way Special

Thursday 4 December 2014

Professor Chris Linott (University of Oxford)

Guildford Astronomical Society presents

Astrophysics Telescope Opening

Wednesday 4 February 2015

18:00 to 19:30
Andromeda Galaxy

We would like you to join us for the opening of our brand new learning and outreach telescope here at the University. One of the Astro Physics group members will be holding a lecture outside at the telescope location followed by a live presentation of the night sky with the chance of seeing Jupiter and its moons, the Andromeda galaxy, The Orion Nebula and our Moon.

Department of Physics PhD Fair

Thursday 5 February 2015


Winton Capital: Applying science to finance

Tuesday 24 February 2015


All welcome.

The Influence of Astronomy on Life in Ancient Times

Thursday 5 March 2015

Emeritus Professor David W. Hughes

Guildford Astronomical Society presents...

Pivigo: managing your online presence and CV reviews

Thursday 12 March 2015


Postgraduates only.

Open Days: Diamon Light Source

Saturday 14 March 2015

Email to register your interest.

Toptica Photonics

Tuesday 17 March 2015


All welcome.

Astro Evening: Eclipse

Wednesday 18 March 2015

18.30 to 19.45

After the success of our first ‘Astro Evening’ here at the University of Surrey, we invite you to join us for our next event.

The Astrophysics Group will be holding an outdoor lecture at the telescope location followed by a live presentation of the night sky with our new learning and outreach telescope. Members of our Astrophysics group will be also be on hand during the evening to answer your questions.

As a solar eclipse will take place in the UK a few days later, we theme this month’s event on the ‘Eclipse’.

Watch the Eclipse at Surrey

Friday 20 March 2015

0900 to 1030

March 20th 2015 will be the last total eclipse visible in Europe until 2026! Although here in Surrey we will only see a partial eclipse, it is still a great opportunity to learn about eclipses, take part in some experiments and observe the Sun using our solar telescopes. 

There will also be the chance to take part in a collaborative climate measuring activity in partnership with the University of Reading.

Please note this event is only open to schools. 

Careers in the space industry

Wednesday 25 March 2015


All welcome.

Phase-contrast x-ray imaging for life and materials science

Thursday 26 March 2015

2:00 pm
Dr Irene Zanette, Diamond Light Source

Conventional absorption-contrast x-ray imaging is a well-established tool in medical diagnosis, security screening, and industrial testing among others. However, features with tiny density differences, such as different types of biological soft tissues, or very small details such as cracks, are often not revealed with absorption contrast.

The Sky at Night

Friday 27 March 2015

6:30 pm to Late (subject to cloud cover)

Guildford Astronomical Society presents The Sky at Night

Connecting Industry and Researchers in Physics

Thursday 16 April 2015

5pm to 8pm

A SEPnet Networking Evening

Doing Science

Friday 17 April 2015

Professor Sir Paul Nurse

Guildford Astronomical Society presents...

Physics by the Lake

Sunday 2 August 2015

EPSRC UK Graduate Summer School in Condensed Matter Theory

Inspirational Physics 2015

Wednesday 21 October 2015

12.45pm to 4.00pm
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey

This event is aimed at Years 9-13 students who are interested in studying Physics.

For the third year running we will be hosting our Inspirational Physics lecture at the University of Surrey, featuring engaging talks from our own academics plus a special guest. 


13:00 – 13:05 Welcome and Introduction

13:05 – 13:45 Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, “International Year of Light”

13:45 – 14:25 Professor Justin Read, “One Hundred Years of General Relativity”

14:25 – 14:50 Refreshment Break

14:50 – 15:20 Dr Elizabeth Cunningham, "Careers in Science: Nuclear Astrophysics"

15:20 – 16:00 Professor Jim Al-Khalili, "Time Travel in Einstein's Universe"



Please ensure that you book your place to ensure entry to this event. 

The Neutron Dripline from the Outside

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Miguel Marques (LPC Caen, France)

The Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory (RIBF) at RIKEN, Tokyo, has become the world's most powerful machine for the production of exotic nuclei.

Qinetiq: drop-in sessions to meet the employer

Friday 19 February 2016

10am to 4pm

CGI Group – CV writing skills

Monday 22 February 2016


Careers in the Space industry – employer panel

Tuesday 23 February 2016


All Welcome

Lighthouse Systems: drop-in sessions to meet the employer

Tuesday 23 February 2016

12.00pm to 2.00pm

Careers in the space industry

Tuesday 23 February 2016

1pm to 2pm

CGI Inc (Space Group): Peter Van Zetten and Andy Reynolds

Satellite Applications Catapult: Dr Chris Brunskill

Surrey Satellite Technology: Dr Peter Shaw (Surrey alumnus)

Come and find out about career options for physicists/other STEM students in the space sector

Transverse wobbling and new chiral modes in lanthanide nuclei

Tuesday 23 February 2016

C. M. Petrache (Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et Sciences de la Matière, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Saclay)

The wobbling motion and the chiral symmetry breaking are unique fingerprints of triaxiality in nuclei and have been intensively studied in recent years.

Gravitational Waves: A new window on the cosmos

Wednesday 24 February 2016


A new window on the cosmos talks

Wednesday 24 February 2016


Gravitational Waves: A new window on the cosmos

Government Operational Research Service – Careers evening

Thursday 25 February 2016

IoP Event (finalists/PGR)

Babcock: drop-in sessions to meet the employer

Friday 26 February 2016

10:00am to 4:00pm

Teaching Physics as a graduate & postgrad

Tuesday 1 March 2016

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Postgrad talk: 12:30pm

Undergrad talk: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Ab Initio Structure and Reactions of Light Nuclei

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Guillaume Hupin (CEA, DAM, DIF, F-91297 Arpajon, France; Institut de Physique Nucl´eaire, Universit´e Paris-Sud, IN2P3/CNRS, F-91406 Orsay Cedex, France; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, P.O. Box 808, L-414, Livermore, California 94551, USA)

Advances in the fundamental description of the interaction among nucleons in many-body techniques and in scientific computing have opened new avenues for modeling low-energy light-ion structure and reactions on an equal footing.

Beta-¬‐delayed neutron spectroscopy with trapped fission products

Monday 7 March 2016

Agnieszka Czeszumska (Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, USA, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA)

For  decays  where  β−  decay  populates  excitation  energies  above  the  neutron  separation  energy,  the  daughter  nucleus  may  de-¬‐excite  by  emitting  a  neutron,  a  process  referred  to  as  β-¬‐delayed  neutron  emission  (βn).  

Using your physics degree outside the lab – Page White & Farrer

Tuesday 8 March 2016


Patent Attorney/IP talk finalists/PGRs.

Nucleosynthesis beyond Fe and related nuclear uncertainties

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Thomas Rauscher (Basel)

Details TBC

Gamma rays: imaging the invisible

Wednesday 16 March 2016

19:00 to 20:00
Laura Harkness-Brennan

Department of Physics PhD Fair

Friday 18 March 2016

11am to 2pm

All Undergraduate and Masters students are invited to the Physics PhD Fair

Site visit to RSCH Medical Physics dept (Mammography & Physics)

Wednesday 20 April 2016

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Depart 1:00pm for 1:30pm start

Brian Cox meets....Jim Al-Khalili

Thursday 28 April 2016

7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Join us as the tables are turned, and University of Surrey Science Physics Professor and Radio 4 Life Scientific presenter Jim Al-Khalili is interviewed by Professor Brian Cox, OBE.

Tickets have now sold out.

CCFE Open day

Saturday 7 May 2016

AM and PM slots 

Transit of Mercury

Monday 9 May 2016

12:00 to 20:00

On the 9th of May Mercury passes between us and the Sun. We can all witness this exciting transit using our telescopes on campus at Surrey University.

Ultra-Electronics - Employer Talk

Tuesday 10 May 2016

1pm to 2pm

Come and listen to recent graduates talk informally about their work and opportunities for you.

Careers & Employability Fair (Careers Service)

Wednesday 11 May 2016

11:00am to 2:30pm

Gravitational Waves: A new window on the cosmos

Thursday 12 May 2016

Talks begin at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6.00pm

Fully Booked.

Gravitational Waves have finally been discovered! To celebrate this tremendous achievement, we will give a series of short talks explaining the discovery.

NPL Open House

Tuesday 17 May 2016

2pm to 8pm

The Key to Quantum Technologies: Being in Two Places at Once

Wednesday 18 May 2016

17:15 to 18:15
Professor Ben Murdin

Connecting Industry and Researchers in Physics

Thursday 9 June 2016

17:00 to 20:00

SEPnet’s Graduate Network (GRADnet) is organising its 5th networking evening to facilitate greater collaboration and links between industry, postgraduate research students (PGRs) and researchers. Approximately 60 employer representatives, PhD students and researchers will attend this event.


Tuesday 21 June 2016

18.30 to 20.30

The Schools Physicist of the Year Award celebrates the talent of exceptional students studying Physics in all of the local area’s schools. 

Physics at University taster day

Thursday 14 July 2016

Our Physics at University taster days are designed to give students a taste of studying physics at the University of Surrey. 

Nuclear physics masterclass

Friday 15 July 2016

Our Nuclear Physics Masterclass aims to give students an insight into Nuclear Physics through a variety of activities during this one-day event. 

Seminar - Speaker Luis Aguilar

Wednesday 2 November 2016


Seminar - Speaker Lucio Mayer

Thursday 3 November 2016


Seminar - Speaker Rodrigo Ibata

Thursday 10 November 2016


Seminar - Speaker Taysun Kimm

Thursday 24 November 2016




Wednesday 7 December 2016

12.45pm to 4pm
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor Justin Read and Professor Ben Murdin from the University of Surrey. Along with Dr Elizabeth Cunningham from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)


This event is aimed at Years 9-13 students who are interested in studying Physics.

For the fourth year running we will be hosting our Inspirational Physics lecture at the University of Surrey, featuring engaging talks from our own academics.

Employer talk – From Science to Data Science

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Alumnus Dr Philip Goddard and Pivigo Community Manager, Dr Neal O Riain, will talk about the career opportunities for PhD/Masters students with a science/analytical background in the emerging Data Science industry.

Public Astronomy Evening

Wednesday 15 February 2017

19:00 to 21:00

The Astrophysics Group will be holding monthly Astronomy evenings on the third Wednesday of the month. The evening will begin with an exciting cutting edge research lecture. Weather permitting, this will be followed by star gazing with our telescopes at the University of Surrey. Or if the weather is not so good we will give you a tour of what you can see in the night sky on clearer nights. Members of our Astrophysics group will also be on hand during the evening to answer your questions.

Employer talk – Careers in Technical Consultancy

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Ever wondered what a career in consultancy really involves? Then come and find out from two Surrey Physics Alumni, currently working for KPMG in London and for Actica Consulting in Guildford.

Surrey University Stargazing Live Public Event

Wednesday 29 March 2017

18:30 to 22:00

This year the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Surrey are holding a public event to tie-in with the BBC Stargazing Live TV

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