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 at the cutting edge of their fields of research. This lecture series continues the tradition of monthly astronomy lectures in Glasgow which began with the first David Elder Lecture in 1905, 112 years ago!

This regular monthly programme of talks runs over the winter months, from September to March each year. Each lecture costs only £6. These lectures have proved so popular that the speakers deliver the same lecture twice a night, at 6.30pm and 8pm – so why not book now? Each lecture lasts approx. 1 hour and is best suited to older teenagers and adults.   

  • Month: Monthly from September to March
  • Time: Twice a night – 6.30pm and 8pm 
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: £6 per lecture
Date Description
29th November 2017 Speaker: Professor John Brown
Title: Comets – bringers of death, bringers of life, and cosmic probes
31st January 2018 Speaker: Professor Sheila Rowan
Title: Gravitational waves – turning on the soundtrack to the Universe
28th February 2018 Speaker: Dr. Lyndsay Fletcher
Title: Living With a Star
28th March 2018 Speaker: Dr. Carolin Crawford
Title: The Beauty and Science of Nebulae

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

The University of Strathclyde - Department of Physics

 

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