Tuesday, November 17, 2020 — 7:00 PM EST
Karen Cummings

The Faculty of Science is proud to announce a new, complimentary online lecture series that highlights the incredible new talent in our midst.  Over the coming months, we will be hosting a series of talks from a wide range of topics that introduce you to our latest lecturers, researchers and future stars of the Faculty.

Stay tuned as we release the names of future series speakers in the weeks ahead! These talks are open to alumni, friends, faculty, staff and the greater UW community.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Katanya Kuntz, Institute for Quantum Computing

These are the voyages of Canada's first Quantum Satellite Mission - the Quantum EncrYption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat). Its upcoming mission: To explore strange new physics, and enable secure communication across Canada and around the world. To seek out new discoveries and new ways to communicate... To boldly send photons where none have gone before!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 — 12:30 PM EST

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Sankarshan Mudkavi, Paytm Labs

A physics degree helps you in the real world in very unexpected ways, whether you're starting your company, building a product, understanding market economies or new technologies (like cryptocurrencies). I will go through how my degree helped me do exactly those 4 things and why I had a much easier time dealing with things completely out of left field where it wasn't my depth of knowledge that mattered but the experience of just reducing problems to their most fundamental aspects.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Roland Marrero, Post-Doctoral Fellow, IQC
Friday, October 23, 2020 (all day) to Friday, October 30, 2020 (all day)
Schrodinger's Hack

This hackathon will provide students with an opportunity to experience collaboration, gain new connections, test problem solving, and have fun doing physics. It will also encourage meaningful connections between industry and research leaders in physics and the students outside of the classroom environment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Kartik Talwar

This week in Phys 10 we have waterloo physics alumni Kartik Talwar coming to present. You may recognize Kartik's name from being a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient back in 2018, along with founding Hack the North and ETHglobal.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Miriam Diamond
University of Toronto

Thursday, October 8, 2020 — 3:00 PM EDT
Quantum Frontiers Distinguished Lecture. Alan Jamison.

Professor Alan Jamison
Department of Physics & Astronomy and Institute for Quantum Computing

Live via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrJdg_AHUfE

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Pedro Vieira
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Most theories are too complicated and we can not solve them. Usually we use perturbation theory instead (or cry). We can do better sometimes for so-called integrable theories. I will describe what these are and how they show up in real materials and even in string and quantum field theories.

This talk is geared toward an upper year audience; as always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

John Donohue
Institute for Quantum Computing

Friday, September 25, 2020 — 9:00 AM to Sunday, September 27, 2020 — 3:00 PM EDT
The Amazing Science Race

It's on! All alumni, friends and family are invited to join us online for the Amazing Science Race, a virtual race and scavenger hunt. You can participate on your own, or if you prefer, gather some friends or family members to round out your team.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series - on Teams

Latham Boyle
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Over the past half-century, physicists have established the "standard model" of particle physics, which does a spectacular job of passing (nearly) all of the tests to which it has been subjected.  But some of the most basic patterns in this model remain unexplained.  Dr. Latham Boyle will introduce a few of these patterns, and some ideas for how to understand them, along with relating to a remarkable mathematical object called "exceptional Jordan Algebra".

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 — 8:30 PM EDT
Image of Perseids radiant (credit: Science@NASA)

Join us online as we show you around the night sky during the Perseid Meteor shower

  • Livestreaming from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on WebEx
Saturday, July 25, 2020 — 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Join us on Saturday, July 25 for our annual Alumni Family Day. Together with the Toronto and Waterloo Region Alumni Chapters, we have planned a day for you to connect with fellow alumni virtually for family-friendly events. The day includes a guided art project, music and storytelling, science experiments and a Zumba class. To conclude the day, sit back and relax while the kids enjoy a magic show and music from a Toronto based band.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 — 11:00 AM EDT

The dynamics of open quantum systems, i.e., of systems interacting with an environment, forms the basis of numerous active areas of research. One approach to modeling open quantum system is via a Collision Model in which the environment is itself assumed to be composed of many small quantum systems (ancillas) which interact with the target system sequentially. In this seminar I will discuss how to construct a master equation from a collision models discrete-time dynamics. The approach taken generalizes prior methods which take the continuum limit (i.e.

Friday, June 19, 2020 — 10:00 AM EDT

Quantum information science gives us an effective language to describe physical phenomena in terms of the evolution of information. This information paradigm allows us to bring new solutions to old problems, for example to the task of cooling a physical system. While we usually think of cooling as putting a hot system inside a refrigerator, or making contact with a cold bath that cools through random collisions with cold molecules, we can

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 — 8:00 PM EDT
A visitor observing through a telescope

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 — 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

Back by popular demand! 

Our professors had such a great time in Toronto last year,  they insisted on a second round!

One again we're bringing a little bit of the Faculty of Science to Toronto for some casual academic conversations.  Pull up a chair, have a drink and a few munchies on us, and engage in some spirited discussions with various science faculty members. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — 2:00 PM EDT
Gustav Bakos observatory exterior in daylight

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 — 11:30 AM EDT


Astronomy Seminar Series

Will Kinney, University of Buffalo, SUNY

Recent developments in String Theory center on the idea of the "Swampland", which is defined as the set of low-energy effective theories which do not have any counterpart in a complete theory of quantum gravity. I will provide a pedagogical introduction to the Swampland concept, with a particular focus on implications for cosmology. There may be some snark.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 — 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Learn how the University of Waterloo and its alumni improve our lives at the final event in our Health Innovations series.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 6-9 p.m.
Centre for International Governance Innovation | 67 Erb St. W., Waterloo

$15 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres and refreshments).
Guests welcome.

Please register for this event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 — 12:30 PM EDT

Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar Series

Miriam Diamond
Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 — 6:30 PM EST
A visitor observing through a telescope

Experience the profound surprise of viewing the brilliant evening "star" Venus through our telescope!

  • Presentation at 6:30 PM in PHY 313
  • Telescope viewing at 7:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — 11:30 AM EST

Astronomy Seminar Series

Chang-Goo Kim, Princeton University

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 — 11:30 AM EST

Astronomy Seminar Series

Gwen Eadie, University of Toronto


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