Outreach Events

Here is a list of forthcoming astrophysics-related events taking place throughout Ireland.

STFC Exhibition – Seeing the Universe

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Where and when

Please join us in the Great Hall, Lanyon Building, on the main Queen’s campus. The exhibition is open Saturday 17th May to Saturday 24th May 2014 inclusive, 10am to 4pm each day. Entrance is free and no booking is required for the main exhibit.

Note that there is no car parking available directly on the campus before 4pm on weekdays and parking on-street may be limited, however it is possible to park on-campus for the evening events. Queen’s is well served by the 7 and 8 Metro bus routes, and is only a few minutes from Botanic railway station. If you’re not familiar with the area we have some information on getting to Queen’s.

About the exhibition

The exhibition features stunning science images and interactive exhibits, including:

  • Scale models of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), The James Webb Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory.
  • Hands-on exhibits including seeing the invisibleadaptive optics and micro autonomous robots
  • An interactive control desk providing details on the full spectra of wavelengths used by astronomers
  • An 8 metre interactive wall featuring an ‘astronomical wow facts’ screen, interactive touchscreen and a large 3D screen.
  • Historical science papers from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) & the Thomas Harriot trust

The exhibition will be manned by astronomy students and young researchers from Queen’s, explaining the exhibits and answering any questions.

Evening events

There will also be three evening events free of charge, please go here for more details and booking.

Please note there were problems with the booking form on Friday. This is now resolved but please feel free to turn up, we will find you a seat!

  • Saturday 17th May, 7:00pm. ”Seeing stars: science and education with big telescopes” – public lecture by Professor Paul Roche (University of South Wales). Larmor Lecture theatre, main campus, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Tuesday 20th May, 7:00pm. ”Ask an Astronomer” event – public question and answers with astronomers from the QUB Astrophysics Research Centre. Canada Room, Lanyon building, main campus, Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Thursday 22nd May, 7:00pm. ”The last and the next 100 years in astronomy” – public lecture by Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell-Burnell (University of Oxford). Larmor Lecture theatre, main campus, Queen’s University Belfast.

Lunchtime lectures

Each lunchtime from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd Dr. Robert Ryans of the Astrophysics Research Centre will be giving one of his entertaining lectures on The Science of Sci-fi Weapons. There are four lectures and a different one will be given each day, each lasting about 35 minutes. Lectures will be held at 1pm in theBell Lecture Theatre in the Main Physics Building, no booking is necessary.


4-10 May 2013: The Large Hadron Collider Comes to Northern Ireland.

A public exhibition and talks will be held at Queen’s University Belfast during 4-10 May 2013.

The world’s largest science experiment –  the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – and the man behind the Higgs particle theory, are coming to Belfast as part of a week-long public exhibition hosted by Queen’s University and sponsored by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Over the May bank holiday weekend until the following Friday, members of the public are invited to walk through a life size model of part of the LHC tunnel, which is being used to answer some of the biggest mysteries of the universe by re-creating conditions just after the Big Bang.  Visitors will be able to get hands-on with a number of interactive exhibits, collectively creating a feel for what it’s like to be a particle physicist working on the largest science experiment of our time.  The exhibition will be in the Whitla Hall on the main Queen’s University Belfast Campus and will be open 10 am to 4 pm each day, including the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Along with the exhibition, a number of public events are being hosted that are free of charge: see http://tinyurl.com/LHCatQUB for details.