From Scotland to Irvine to a Nobel Prize: Why UC Irvine Made it Possible

Join us for an exclusive public talk by UC Irvine alumnus and winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, David MacMillan. Professor MacMillan will share his journey in this light-hearted, non-technical presentation. Hear about his path from developing organocatalysis in his lab to what it has been like in the aftermath of winning the Nobel Prize.



Exploring the Cosmos with JWST

The UCI Chief Executive Roundtable in partnership with UCI School of Physical Sciences will present this deep dive space exploration of the galaxies showcasing new staggering discoveries and stunning celestial images as captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).


2023 Reines Lecture: Exploring the Cosmos

The Reines Lecture Series honors Frederick Reines, UCI's Founding Dean of Physical Sciences and co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for discovering the neutrino. The annual event brings world renowned physicists and astronomers to UC Irvine to give a public lecture and a department colloquium. This celebration honors the rich history of the Department of Physics & Astronomy and brings together faculty, students, supporters, and the community at large.


Adventures in Physics

The Adventures in Physics program provides engaging demonstrations of physics at elementary school assemblies in the Orange County area. It also hosts an annual public event at UCI for the entire community. Join us on February 11, 2023!

Discover the Physical Sciences Lecture Series

Discover the Physical Sciences Lecture Series features cutting-edge research and solutions related to climate change, energy, health, mathematics, and fundamental science. The annual series offers timely scientific lectures that are free and open to the public. Continental breakfast will be available for all guests. 


Upcoming Event

UCI Neurodiversity Support Group

Neurodiversity describes the notion that people interpret and interact with the world in diverse ways, that there is no one right way to think, learn, or behave, and that the spectrum of this diversity should not be viewed as deficits. The Neurodiversity Support group promotes the success of neurodiverse students and researchers at UCI. We will meet to discuss and come up with solutions to issues that affect neurodiverse individuals at UCI and build a neurodiverse community. We will meet in-person but people can also attend by Zoom.

Holistic Wellness in Academia - Workshop For Physical Sciences Graduate Students

Please join Dr. Phong Luong, Director of Wellness and Inclusion in UCI Graduate Division for a workshop focused on holistic wellness in academia for graduate students. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact the SoPS Office of Access, Outreach and Inclusion at 


Professor Wendell Hill '74 Colloquium - Precision Measurement of the Quantum Vacuum with Petawatt Lasers

This is part of the “Celebrating Black in Physical Sciences Colloquium Series” organized by the UCI School of Physical Sciences Office of Access, Outreach and Inclusion where we invite prominent Black physical scientists and mathematicians to share their research with the community and also allows us the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. The colloquium series will feature speakers in each of the four department areas.


Precision measurement of the quantum vacuum with petawatt lasers