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Events

Pictured: one of many tables at a Cookie Social, which contrary to the name, actually is not at all about cookies. Pies and cakes alternate biweekly.

Below, please find a selection of regularly occurring department or physics-related seminars and socials during normal in-person times, to give you a taste for all the physics events going on around campus!

And we do not use the word “taste” inadvertently – you can often nab a free lunch, quality coffee (as opposed to the sometimes questionable substance your peers make in the grad lounge), or at least some cookies or fruit at many of these events.

You can find more events in the weekly department student newsletter, the physics non-academic careers newsletter, and the Graduate Student Council Anno (calendar version here).

Monday

  • 11:45 – String theory lunch club
  • 12:00 – Chez Pierre condensed matter physics seminar
  • 12:00 – MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Sciences brown bag lunch talks
  • 2:00 – Nuclear/particle theory seminar
  • 4:00 – Nuclear/particle physics colloquium

Tuesday

  • 12:00 – Informal condensed matter physics seminar
  • 12:00 – Laboratory for Nuclear Science lunchtime seminars
  • 2:30 – Tufts/MIT cosmology seminar
  • 4:00 – Astrophysics colloquium
  • 4:00 – MIT/Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms seminar series

Wednesday

  • 11:00 – Optics and quantum electronics seminar series
  • 12:00 – Pappalardo fellowship speaker series
  • 3:00 – string/gravity seminar
  • 4:00 – PGSC cookie socials (biweekly, and it’s actually cakes and pies)
  • 4:00 – Biophysics seminar
  • 5:15 – Plasma Science and Fusion Center student seminars

Thursday

  • 10:00 – Virtual lattice field theory colloquium
  • 11:00 – Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Fundamental Interactions public colloquia
  • 12:00 – PGSC lunches with colloquium speakers
  • 12:00 – Virtual physics community talks / faculty lunches
  • 3:30 – Snacks and coffee in the Pappalardo room
  • 4:00 – Physics Department colloquium

Friday

  • 11:00 – Quantum information group meeting
  • 12:00 – CTP grad student lunch talks
  • 12:00 – MIT Kavli Institute journal club
  • 3:00 – Condensed matter experiment journal club
  • 4:00 – Center for Theoretical Physics-Condensed Matter Theory tea
  • 4:00 – Physics of Living Systems short talks/happy hour
  • 4:15 – LHC/QCD/BSM/DM/ML theory wine and cheese journal club
  • 6:00 – PGSC pizza/beer socials (monthly)

Other regular events, time currently unknown to PGSC:

  • PSFC Turbulence and Transport (T^2) journal club
  • NUPAX Dark Matter (NuDM) journal club
  • MIT General Relativity Informal Tea Time Seminar (GRITTS)

Events regularly scheduled at irregular times:

  • Plasma Science and Fusion Center seminars
  • PGSC faculty breakfasts
  • GWIP dinners
  • PhysREFS office hours

Other seminars that may be of interest:

This page was last updated in Spring 2021.