Seminars 2020-2021

The seminars are informal talks, from colleagues, collaborators or invited researchers from around the UK and the rest of the world. Each talk typically lasts 1 hour including questions. If the talk sounds interesting please come along.

Seminars have traditionally been held in person on Wednesdays at 3.00pm, in Lecture Theatre A of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (unless otherwise stated). However, in the current times, online talks started in May 2020.

Seminars are organised by Andrew Blain and Enrico Ragusa.


Autumn Term (2020)              

Sep 9 The Twinkle Mission

Richard Archer (and colleagues at BSSL;

Sep 30

No seminar

Oct 7

Expecting the unexpected in the search for extraterrestrial life

Peter Vickers (Durham)

Oct 14

Protoplanetary disk evolution and planet formation across time and space

Carlo Manara (ESO)
Oct 21 The ALMA View of Planet Formation Jayne Huang (Michigan)
Oct 28 Disc eccentricity driving type I and type II outbursts in Be/X-ray binaries. Alessai Franchini
Nov 4 The complicated lives of disk galaxies Amelia Fraser-McKelvie (UWA)
Nov 11
Properties and formation of LIGO black hole binaries
Aldo Batta (INAOEP)
Nov 18 Brown dwarf binaries: from statistics to formation and evolution
Clémence Fontanive (CSH, Bern)
Nov 25

Neutron star mergers and electromagnetic signals

Masaru Shibata (MPG)

Dec 2

New eyes on the X-ray sky: First Results from eROSITA on SRG

Andrea Merloni (MPE, Garching)

Dec 9

Myriam Benisty (Grenoble)

Spring Term (2021)               

Jan 6

No Seminar

Jan 13
How can we observe forming planets and their surroundings?
Judit Szilagyi (UZH)
Jan 20

Cosmology with supernovae: past, present and future

Isobel Hook (Lancaster)
Jan 27

The promise of gravitational-wave astrophysics.

NOTE 10AM - Due to speaker's timezone being UT+11

Ilya Mandel (Monash)
Feb 3

Understanding the mysteries of the Low Surface Brightness Universe

Michelle Collins (Surrey)
Feb 10


Catherine Espaillat (Boston University)
Feb 17

White dwarf variability as seen from space

JJ Hermes (Boston University)

Feb 24

Mar 3 A chartography of spacetime around supermassive black holes with extreme-mass ratio inspirals Pau Amaro Seoane (Barcelona)
Mar 10
Hayley MacPherson (Cambridge)
Mar 17
Probing Terrestrial Planet Formation one Particle at a Time
John Debes (STScI)
Summer Term (2021)
Apr 28

May 5
May 12
Andreja Gomboc (UNG)
May 19
May 26

Jun 2 TBD Rebeca García Lopez (Dublin)

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