Public Lectures

Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture

The eighth annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Pointless Universe," will be given by Professor Michael Green FRS at 5pm in Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambidge, on Thursday 13th March 2014. Admission is free, with everyone welcome, but booking is required via

COSMO 2013

Brian Cox speaks at the COSMO 2013 Public Symposium.

Brian Cox speaks at the COSMO 2013 public symposium

The International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology, held this year in Cambridge, is one of the major venues for interaction between cosmologists, particle physicists and astrophysicists. Cosmology is a data-driven field with new observations improving our understanding of the Universe. On Wednesday 4th September, as part of the programme, we held a popular event at Lady Mitchell Hall with three gifted science communicators who told us about recent developments which are impacting cosmology. Professor Andrew Liddle (Edinburgh) talked about the Planck satellite results announced this year about the cosmic microwave sky, Professor Brian Cox (Manchester) discussed recent discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and Professor Stephen Hawking offered his own perspective on theories about the origin of the Universe, with a talk entitled "Fire in the Equations".

Stephen Hawking speaks at the COSMO 2013 Public Symposium.

Stephen Hawking at the symposium

The talks can be viewed on the University of Cambridge Video & Audio website:

Professor Andrew Liddle

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Stephen Hawking




The State of the Universe

Lord Rees speaks at 'The State of the Universe': Stephen Hawking's 70th Birthday Public Symposium.

Lord Rees speaks at 'The State of the Universe': Stephen Hawking's 70th Birthday Public Symposium

On 8th January 2012, the CTC organised 'The State of the Univese'; a public symposium to celebrate Professor Hawking's 70th Birthday. Held at Lady Mitchell Hall on the University's Sidgwick Site, the symposium brought together four world famous scientists to give a series of popular science lectures.

Lord Rees, Professor Saul Perlmutter, Professor Kip Thorne and Professor Stephen Hawking spoke to a capacity crowd on topics ranging from black holes to the expanding Universe. Professor Hawking was not able to attend in person, due to ill health, but his speech, 'A Brief History of Mine', was read for him in absentia.

This symposium received worldwide print and media coverage, as well as an estimated 11,000 viewers live via an Intel Studio's streamed webcast.

To view the lectures, please click on the name of the speaker below:

Lord Rees

Professor Saul Perlmutter

Professor Kip Thorne

Professor Stephen Hawking