The Michael West public lecture series is aimed at bringing world leading scientists to Belfast to give the public, students, and school children the chance to hear the latest on frontier research. We have had talks on supermassive black holes, killer asteroids, our Sun and the physics of the speed of light.
The talks are written for the general public and as such are suitable for everyone from teenagers to senior citizens. Talks are normally 45-50 minutes in length, illustrated with many pictures and/or videos, and there is normally a short Q&A session afterwards.
The Michael West lecture series is presented in association with the Irish Astronomical Association
We host the bi-monthly meetings of the Irish Astronomical Association. This is a lecture programme aimed at promoting public understanding of astronomy and enthusing young people with the wonder of the night sky. We have a rota of ARC members who will attend each meeting to make sure things run smoothly.
Several of the IAA public lectures have been given by ARC scientists. Here are a few examples: