Student-led Sussex Universe Lecture Series

Dr Alessia Pasquazi giving a recent talk on 'A Journey Through Quantum Technologies'

The Sussex Universe Lecture Series continues to be a huge success and draws in ever bigger audiences, keen to learn about the latest cutting edge research our academics are involved in. Final year MPhys Physics with Astrophysics student Jessica May Hislop leads the overall management of each event. She is planning to do a PhD in extragalactic astrophysics.

The lecture series, hosted and funded by the Department, is student-led and features approximately three talks per term by our academics who are keen to talk to the public about their research and latest developments in their fields. There has been a broad range of research talks, including cosmological theories, black holes and galaxy formation, detecting neutrinos and dark matter, particle colliders and latest developments in the world of quantum computers.

 A notable talk, attended by over 160 people was given by Dr. Stephen Wilkins, Senior Lecturer in Astronomy on ‘Exploring the End of the Dark Ages’ using the NASA/ESA/CSA James Web Space telescope (JWST), which is being launched in late 2018 and will dramatically improve our ability in detecting the first stars and galaxies formed in our Universe. The talks attract between 80 to 120 attendees on average and are well supported by local astronomy groups, as well as pupils from local schools and colleges, Sussex University students and alumni and general members of the public.

Says Jessica, Principal Organiser of the lecture series:‘The aim of these talks is to engage, inspire and inform students and the general public on current cutting edge research topics in physics. It is a wonderful opportunity to hear from the lecturers at Sussex as we rarely get opportunities to find out about their day-to-day research.’

Details about upcoming and past events can be found at: or see the Facebook page at

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By: Justine Charles
Last updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2017