An audience listens to a speaker at a David Elder lecture in the Planetarium

David Elder Lectures

Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics. The David Elder lecture series presents a line-up of fascinating talks by expert astronomers, spaceflight pioneers, award-winning science writers and broadcasters. This lecture series continues the tradition of monthly astronomy lectures in Glasgow which began with the first David Elder Lecture in 1905!

This regular monthly programme of talks runs over the winter months each year. Each lecture costs only £6. Each lecture lasts approx. 1 hour and is best suited to older teenagers and adults.

  • Month: Monthly from September to March
  • Time: 6.30pm and 8pm unless otherwise stated
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: £6 per lecture

Some aspects of the lectures are technical and they are therefore most likely to appeal to older teenagers and interested adults.

The 2019/20 David Elder Lecture series in the Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre includes the following talks...

Satellite Applications: Bringing Space Down to Earth

Guest Speaker: Astrid Werkmeister

18.30 and 20.00, Wednesday 29 January 2020

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Solar Flares: The most energetic explosions in the solar system

Guest Speaker: Prof. Philippa Browning

18.30 and 20.00, Wednesday 26 February 2020

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Cassini-Huygens and the Lord of the Rings

Guest Speaker: Dr Sheila Kanani

18.30 and 20.00, Wednesday 25 March 2020

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The University of Strathclyde - Department of Physics


Past lectures

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The David Elder Memorial Bequest

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