Past Lectures

Speakers who have contributed a talk to the David Elder lecture series in the Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre include:



23 April 2024Dr. Katie MackPhysics at the End of the Universe
28 March 2024Professor Sir James Hough OBERipples from the Dark Side of the Universe - A Bright Future Ahead
25 March 2024Prof. Chris LintottOur Accidental Universe: Stories of Discovery from Asteroids to Aliens
22 February 2024Prof. Michele DoughertyJUICE - the Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moons
24 January 2024Prof. Andy LawrenceIs Astronomy Useless? Why The Sky Matters And How We Might Lose It
22 November 2023Dr David McKeeLight In the Polar Night
26 October 2023Dr Alfredo CarpinetiInvisible Rainbows: The Universe Beyond Our Senses
28 September 2023Dr. Jarita HolbookAstronomy in Your Culture & Society
22 Mar 2023Dr. Rita Tojeiro

Mapping the Universe

22 Feb 2023Dr. Daniel Oi

Towards the Space Quantum Internet

24 Nov 2022Andy Saunders

Apollo Remastered

26 Oct 2022Prof Lewis Dartnell

Origins: How the Earth Made Us

22 Sep 2022Dr. Hannah Wakeford

Diving Through Exoplanet Atmospheres

30 Mar 2022Dr Sheila Kanani MBE

Cassini Huygens and the Lord of The Rings

24 Feb 2022Prof Martin Hendry

Einstein’s Universe: the dawn, and exciting future, of gravitational-wave astronomy

27 Jan 2022Dr Alice Gorman

Archaeology on the Moon

23 Nov 2021Prof. Mike Brown

Planet Nine from Outer Space

7 Oct 2021Dr. Ben Hamlington

Using satellites to understand changing sea leavels

26 Feb 2020Prof. Philippa BrowningSolar Flares: The most energetic explosions in the solar system
29 Jan 2020Astrid WerkmeisterSatellite Applications: Bringing Space Down to Earth
27 Nov 2019Dr Beth BillerWeird New Worlds
29 Oct 2019Dr Brooke SimmonsBlack Holes, Exoplanets, and Hurricanes: Making the next generation of discoveries
25 Sep 2019Andrea BoydInternational Space Station Flight Control
27 Feb 2019Marcus ChownThe Day Without a Yesterday
30 Jan 2019Prof. ​Mark McCaughreanOnce Explorers, Always Explorers
12 Jan 2019Sue NelsonThe Mercury 13 and the Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer​
28 Nov 2018Dallas CampbellAd Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet
31 Oct 2018Markus NordbergConnecting the Worlds of Micro to Macro: from Open Science to Open Innovation — CERN as a Case
26 Sep 2018Prof. Leo HollbergSpace, Time and Quantum Clocks
8 May 2018Prof. Lyndsay FletcherLiving with a Star
28 Mar 2018Prof. Matt GriffinSeeing the Invisible Universe: Infrared Astronomy from Space
31 Jan 2018Prof. Sheila RowanGravitational waves – turning on the soundtrack to the Universe
29 Nov 2017Prof. John BrownComets – bringers of death, bringers of life, and cosmic probes
25 Oct 2017Tania JohnstonReaching New Heights in Astronomy
27 Sep 2017Steve OwensUniverse or Multiverse?
15 Jun 2017Prof. Martin HendryExploring The Dark Side of the Universe
2 Mar 2017Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Cosmic Fireworks – Finding Transient Events in the Universe

2 Feb 2017Prof. Monica Grady

Collision and Catastrophe

1 Dec 2016Dr Matt Taylor

Chasing a Comet

3 Nov 2016Dr Paul McNamara

LISA Pathfinder and the Hunt for Ripples in Space

6 Oct 2016Dr Stuart Clark

The Search for Earth's Twin

8 Sep 2016Prof. Chris Lintott

Is the Milky Way Special?

29 Aug 2016Prof. Joe Giaime

Gravitational Waves and LIGO

3 Mar 2016Dr Pippa GoldschmidtWriting in the Stars
3 Dec 2015Prof. Massimiliano VasileStardust
17 Nov 2015Dr Bernie FanaroffThe Unseen Cosmos


Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics.


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