Astrophysics Events

The Astrophysics Group has an active events program, which includes the annual Bolton lecture (which is free and open to the general public), talks to schools and local astronomical socities, alumni days, university open days, and activities during science week. The academic staff welcome invitations to give talks and presentations, you can find contact details on the staff page.

Other events within the School of Physics and Astronomy can be found under "For Schools" and under "News".

Pint of Science

This year members of the astrophysics group took part in The Pint of Science Festival 2016. Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring talks on the latest science research to members of the public in the comfort of a local pub.

Dr Katharine Johnston was part of the team organising the 'Atoms to Galaxies' theme in Leeds, including the 'Space Weather and the Birth of the Solar System' event held at O'Neill's pub in Leeds featuring talks from Prof René Oudmaijer and Dr Christina Burge.


For information on next year's festival see the Pint of Science website.

Leeds Light Night

In October of last year members of the astrophysics group where on hand to help out at Leeds Light Night 2015; for one night only Leeds city centre will come alive with spectacular large-scale light projections, exhibitions, installations, fillm, dance, music and street performances. Housed in Leeds cathedral with an impressive projection of the sun using images from NASAs Solar Dynamic Observatory, astrophysicists chatted to the public and answered quesions about star formation, astronomy and the Sun.

For information on next year's event, see the Light Night Leeds website.

The Bolton Lecture in Astronomy

The Bolton Lecture is held every autumn and is widely advertised in local schools. We aim to bring current developments in Astronomy and Particle Physics to a wide audience and to high schools in particular. The lecture series is named after Scriven Bolton (c1888-1929) a local benefactor whose bequest enables the University to provide a state-of-the-art observatory for the teaching of practical astronomy to undergraduates.

This Year's Lecture

The 2016 Bolton Lecture in Astronomy 'Black Holes and Spin Offs' was given by Professor Katherine Blundell of the University of Oxford. For the talk abstract and further details click on the poster or visit the the main physics pages.


Previous Lectures