Spring 2021 Colloquia Schedule

Monday, January 25, 2021 to Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Physics Department hosts weekly colloquia presented by accomplished scientists from all over the globe. These lectures showcase cutting-edge physics and inspire the broader community to participate in science. Please join us on the Mondays listed below for an inside look at what's new and exciting in physics, and beyond. All lectures start at 4:15 PM (with the exception of the Department Welcome) and end around 5:15 PM. They are free and open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: Zoom links will be posted on the day of each event.

For abstract and videos for each lecture, including past lecturers, please see our Colloquia and Videos page.


January 25

Yasunori Nomura, University of California, Berkeley
From the Black Hole Conundrum to the Structure of Quantum Gravity


February 1

Joseph Berry, NREL
Making metal halide perovskite photovoltaics a reality: an update on state-of-the-art


February 8

Allan Macdonald, The University of Texas at Austin
Moiré Magic


February 15

HOLIDAY - No colloquium


February 22

Byron Freelon, University of Houston
Nematic Fluctuations in Iron-based Mott Insulators


March 1

Marla Feller, University of California, Berkeley
“How neural circuits are wired up during development to perform computations”


March 8

Katelin Schutz, Pappalardo Fellow & NASA Einstein Fellow in the MIT Department of Physics
Making dark matter out of light


March 15

Rob Goldston, Princeton University
The New Nuclear Arms Race, Its Dangers, and How to Turn it Around


March 22

SPRING RECESS - No colloquium


March 29

Lisa Manning, Syracuse University
Biological tissues as mechanical metamaterials


April 5

Alvaro Sanchez, Yale University
Reproducibility and contingency in the evolution and ecology of microbial communities


April 12

Wick Haxton, University of California, Berkeley
Neutrino Surprises


April 19

Sydney Schreppler, Microsoft
Measuring your ingredients: topological phases for quantum computing


April 26

Monika Schleier-Smith, Stanford University
Atoms Interlinked by Light: Programmable Interactions and Emergent Geometry