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Celebrating 52 Years of Physics at UCD Belfield

Join us on Thursday July 7th 2016 at 5pm for an evening of topical physics talks, conversation and a reception. Invite your classmates and colleagues to come along and reconnect or catch up!

Tea and coffee will be available from 5pm to those who might appreciate it or have come directly from work.

Short lectures will begin at 6pm in the Moore Auditorium, O'Brien Centre for Science):


  • 6.00pm - Prof. Padraig Dunne, Head of School, UCD Physics

Welcome and Introductions

  • 6.05pm - Prof. Martin Gruenewald, Professor of Experimental Physics, School of Physics, University College Dublin.

Title: "The Large Hadron Collider: Particle Physics at the Energy Frontier"

  • 6.40pm- Prof. A.M. Cruise, Professor Emeritus, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham.

Title: "Gravitational Waves- a new window on the Universe"


Lectures in the new O'Brien Centre for Science will be followed by a reception (from 7.30pm) in the old first year labs of the School of Physics, Science Centre North.

Registration for Physics 52 is now closed.


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Archived Material from Physics 51

Following-on from our event last July, Physics 50, we invite you to attend ‘PHYSICS 51’, a celebration of current activities within the UCD School of Physics.

A great number of you suggested we organise an annual event (with food, drink & conversation), and we are delighted to do so!

The event will be held on Thursday, 9th July from 5pm. A series of short talks will be held in the Science Hub lecture building at 6pm sharp.

5-6pm: Lab Tours

6-7pm: Welcome address by Prof. Padraig Dunne (Head of School, UCD Physics) in lecture theatre F (Lynch)


  • Talks from Alison Hackett, author of ‘The Visual Time Traveller’
  • Research Introduction by Prof. Gerry O’Sullivan
  • 10 minute talks on current researchers under the theme of ‘Physics for Health”

- Rebecca McQuaid, UCD Advanced Optical Imaging Group
- Rasoul Mahdi, UCD Plasmonics and Ultra-fast NanoOptics group
- Laura Sheilds, UCD Radiation Group & St Luke's Institute of Cancer Research

  • 7pm onwards: Reception in UCD (back in Science North/Physics)

It would be great to see you here, and ask you to please RSVP Bairbre on or 01-716 2210, by Wednesday 1st July 2015.


The reception and lab tours will be helding in the building marked 65 in the map above. The lecture theatre is located on the ground floor facing Physics marked as building 64 on the map above.

Archived Material from Physics 50

On the 4th of July 1964, after days of lifting, carrying and moving, the Department of Experimental Physics moved into the first new building to be occupied on the Belfield campus, in the middle of the countryside of South Dublin. To celebrate and remember the day, we in the UCD School of Physics invited past and present colleagues, alumni and current students to attend 'Physics 50'. On the evening we played a special short video commerating 50 years of UCD Physics at the Belfield Campus.

Physics 50 - 50th Anniversary - Physics First to Belfield - UCD School of Physics from UCD Physics on Vimeo.

Celebrating 50 Years of Physics at UCD Belfield - Messages from Friends

Hugh Grimley - Class of 1989

Anyone going? Hopefully!!

George Miley - Class of 1963 

To all "survivors" of the Earlsfort Terrace era    "I hope that you are all doing well and are in good health.

Time flies. It doesn't seem all that long since we were sweating for our exams. I still have my old lecture notes and wonder how I ever managed to get through!!!

Congratulations to all involved in ensuring such a successful 50 years at Belfield."

Michael Mahony - Class of 1966 

For those of you who can get to the funcion on 4th July - Greetings from Johannesburg.   I also remember the fun 25 years-on get-together we had in 1991; it would be good if we could do the same for the 50th in 2016.

Leave a message for your classmates and friends!

To be updated.

Physics 50 Gallery