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 in The Planetarium runs over the winter months each year. Each lecture lasts approx. 1 hour and is best suited to older teenagers (aged 16 years+) and adults.

  • Month: Monthly from September to March
  • Time: 19:00 GMT
  • Duration: 1 hour

Tickets are available now!

2023-24 Lecture Series

The series continues with:

  • 24 January 2024 - Prof. Andy Lawrence - Is Astronomy Useless? Why the sky matters and how we might lose it
  • 22 February 2024 - Prof. Michele Dougherty - JUICE - the Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moons

  • 25 March 2024 - Prof Chris Lintott - Our Accidental Universe: Stories of Discovery from Asteroids to Aliens (Tickets Coming soon!)

  • 28 March 2024 - Prof. Sir James Hough OBE – Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe - A Bright Future Ahead

The University of Strathclyde - Department of Physics

Past lectures

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The David Elder Memorial Bequest

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