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Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS)

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division is one of the four academic divisions of the University of Oxford. We have over 6,000 students and research staff, and generate over half of our funding from external research grants.
The MPLS Division's 10 departments and 3 interdisciplinary units span the full spectrum of the mathematical, computational, physical, engineering and life sciences, and undertake both fundamental research and cutting-edge applied work. Our research addresses major societal and technological challenges and is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. We collaborate closely with colleagues in Oxford across the medical sciences, social sciences and humanities.
Today's scientific research not only crosses traditional subject boundaries, but also transcends national boundaries: MPLS scientists collaborate with researchers from around the world, and play leading roles in many international projects.

Series associated with Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS)

A Mathematician's Holiday
Ada Lovelace Symposium - Celebrating 200 Years of a Computer Visionary
Big Questions - with Oxford Sparks
Building a Business: Moving Your Product to the Market
Caging Schrödinger's Cat - Quantum Nanotechnology
Careers in Chemistry: Academia
Careers in Chemistry: Beyond Academia
Chemistry for the Future: Clean Energy
Chemistry for the Future: Human Health
Chemistry for the Future: Incredible Machines
Chemistry for the Future: Meet the Scientists
Chemistry for the Future: Solar Fuels
Chemistry for the Future: Strange Substances and Structures
Chemistry Spotlight Lectures
Christmas Science Lectures
Computer Science
Cultural Heritage Forum
Darwin 200
Department of Engineering Science Centenary Lectures
Department of Engineering Science Lectures
Department of Materials
Department of Statistics
Earth Sciences
Enterprising Women
Exploring Spoken Word Data in Oral History Archives
Federated Logic Conference (FLoC) 2018
Hinshelwood Lectures 2018 - Soft Interfaces: A Journey Across Scales
Hinshelwood Lectures 2019 - Shedding New Lights to Light-Matter Interactions
Inside Oxford Science
International Conference on Functional Programming 2017
Mathematical Institute
Models of Consciousness
Musical Abstracts
Open Science
Oxford Physics Academic Lectures
Oxford Physics Public Lectures
Oxford Physics Research
Oxford Physics Short Talks & Introductions
Oxford Sparks: bringing science to life
Quantum Mechanics
Scientific Computing for DPhil Students
So you want to study Chemistry?
Stargazing
Strachey 100: an Oxford Computing Pioneer
Study Skills
Sutton Trust Chemistry Summer School
The Hinshelwood Lectures: Bioinspired Materials
The Medtronic Lectures in Biomedical Engineering
The Oxford Reproducibility School
The Oxford Solid State Basics
The Physics of Fine-Tuning
The Secrets of Mathematics
The World of Art
Theoretical Physics - From Outer Space to Plasma
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1 Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Differential Equations 1 We continue with our series of Student Lectures with this first lecture in the 2nd year Course on Differential Equations. Philip Maini 04 Nov 2019
2 Oxford Mathematics 1st year Student Lecture - Introductory Calculus In our latest student lecture we would like to give you a taste of the Oxford Mathematics Student experience as it begins in its very first week. Dan Ciubotaru 04 Nov 2019
3 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: David Sumpter - Soccermatics: could a Premier League team one day be managed by a mathematician? What do you need to win the Premier League? Money? Sure. Good players? Yup. A great manager? It helps. Mathematics? Really? 100%. David Sumpter 04 Nov 2019
4 Cosmic acceleration revealed by Type la supernovae? In this talk Subir Sarkar will explain how deflagration supernovae have been used to infer that the Hubble expansion rate is accelerating, and critically assess whether the acceleration is real and due to `dark energy’. Subir Sarkar 01 Nov 2019
5 Supernova Explosions and their Role in the Universe In this talk, Philipp Podsiadlowski will explain how this energy (sometimes) creates a visible fireball, before going on to explain the role of supernovae in the production of the heaviest elements in the periodic table. Philipp Podsiadlowski 01 Nov 2019
6 What makes stars go bang? In this talk, James Binney will outline the physics that leads to prodigeous release of energy in core-collapse and deflagration supernovae. James Binney 01 Nov 2019
7 Creative Commons John Barnden - Consciousness, metacausation and metadynamism One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. John Barnden 13 Oct 2019
8 Creative Commons Pedro Mediano - Moving beyond integration and differentiation in measures of neural dynamics One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Pedro Mediano 13 Oct 2019
9 Creative Commons Inês Hipólito - Generative models of the mind: neural connections and cognitive integration One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Inês Hipólito 13 Oct 2019
10 Creative Commons Gustav Bernroider - Neural sense relations and consciousness: a diagrammatic approach One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Gustav Bernroider 13 Oct 2019
11 Creative Commons Marc Ebner - A communication-based model of consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Marc Ebner 13 Oct 2019
12 Creative Commons Diana Stanciu - An ESR model of consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Diana Stanciu 13 Oct 2019
13 Creative Commons Aïda Elamrani - Inputs, outputs, and meta-models One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Aïda Elamrani 13 Oct 2019
14 Creative Commons Chetan Prakash - Structure Invention by Conscious Agents One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Chetan Prakash 13 Oct 2019
15 Creative Commons Quanlong Wang - Modelling consciousness divisions in ZW-calculus One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Quanlong Wang 13 Oct 2019
16 Creative Commons Pierre Baudot - Information cohomology and probabilistic topos for consciousness modeling: from elementary perception to machine learning One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Pierre Baudot 13 Oct 2019
17 Creative Commons Paul Baird - A model for perceptual states One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Paul Baird 13 Oct 2019
18 Creative Commons Mauro D’Ariano - Awareness: an operational theoretical approach One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Mauro D’Ariano 13 Oct 2019
19 Creative Commons Anita Mehta - Chasing memories One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Anita Mehta 13 Oct 2019
20 Creative Commons Ramón Guevara Erra - Statistical mechanics of consciousness: maximization of information content of neuronal networks is associated with conscious awareness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Ramón Guevara Erra 13 Oct 2019
21 Creative Commons Michael Silberstein - Quantum mechanics and the consistency of conscious experience One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Michael Silberstein 13 Oct 2019
22 Creative Commons Yakov Kremnitzer - Quantum collapse models and awareness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Yakov Kremnitzer 13 Oct 2019
23 Creative Commons Adrian Kent - Searching for Physical Models of the Evolution of Consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Adrian Kent 13 Oct 2019
24 Creative Commons Ian Durham - Toward a formal model of free will One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Ian Durham 13 Oct 2019
25 Creative Commons Peter Lloyd - Automata-theoretic approach to modelling consciousness within mental monism One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Peter Lloyd 13 Oct 2019
26 Creative Commons Tim Palmer - Creativity and Consciousness: A Consequence of the Brain’s Extraordinary Energy Efficiency? One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Tim Palmer 13 Oct 2019
27 Creative Commons Jonathan Mason - Expected Float Entropy Minimisation: A Relationship Content Theory of Consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Jonathan Mason 13 Oct 2019
28 Creative Commons Aaron Sloman - Why current AI and neuroscience fail to replicate or explain ancient forms of spatial reasoning and mathematical consciousness? One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Aaron Sloman 13 Oct 2019
29 Creative Commons Pedro Resende - Sketches of a mathematical theory of qualia One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Pedro Resende 13 Oct 2019
30 Creative Commons Peter Grindrod - Large scale simulations of information processing within the human cortex: what “inner life” occurs? One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Peter Grindrod 13 Oct 2019
31 Creative Commons Camilo Miguel Signorelli - Consciousness interaction, from experiments to a multi-layer model One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Camilo Miguel Signorelli 13 Oct 2019
32 Creative Commons Sean Tull - Generalised integrated information theories One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Sean Tull 13 Oct 2019
33 Creative Commons Stuart Hameroff - Anesthetic action on quantum terahertz oscillations in microtubules supports the Orch OR theory of consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Stuart Hameroff 13 Oct 2019
34 Creative Commons Sir Roger Penrose - AI, Consciousness, Computation, and Physical Law One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Roger Penrose 13 Oct 2019
35 Creative Commons Xerxes Arsiwalla - Computing Meaning from Conceptual Structures in Integrated Information Theory One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Xerxes Arsiwalla 13 Oct 2019
36 Creative Commons Adam Barrett - Integrated information theory: a perspective on `weak’ and `strong’ versions One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Adam Barrett 13 Oct 2019
37 Creative Commons Johannes Kleiner - On the Mathematical Basis of Models of Consciousness One in a series of talks from the 2019 Models of Consciousness conference. Johannes Kleiner 13 Oct 2019
38 Creative Commons The Many Universes of Quantum Materials Professor Stephen Blundell explores the many universes of quantum materials for the 2019 Quantum Materials Public Lecture. Stephen Blundell 07 Oct 2019
39 Gravitational Waves and Prospects for Multi-messenger Astronomy Professor Barry C Barish gives a talk on the quest for the detection of gravitational waves. Barry C. Barrish 30 Jul 2019
40 Finding aliens – An update on the search for life in the Universe Bill Diamond, President & CEO The SETI Institute gives an an update on the search for life in the Universe. Hosted by Ian Shipsey, Head of Physics. Bill Diamond, Ian Shipsey 30 Jul 2019
41 Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 3. Applied Mathematics at Oxford Our Open Days are intended to give an insight in to Maths at Oxford, whether you are a potential applicant or are just curious. Dominic Vella 10 Jul 2019
42 Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 2. Pure Mathematics at Oxford In this talk Vicky Neale gives a glimpse of the undergraduate Pure Maths courses through the lens of elliptic curves. Vicky Neale 10 Jul 2019
43 Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 1. Introduction to Mathematics In this talk, Admissions Guru James Munro explains how we teach, how you can apply and what your Oxford mathematical life might be like. James Munro 10 Jul 2019
44 Design and Testing of Advanced Tidal System Turbine Arrays Richard Willden MEng PhD, Professor of Engineering Science, EPSRC Fellow, gives a mini-lecture as part of the 2019 annual Lubbock lecture event. Richard Willden 09 Jul 2019
45 Thermally Induced Lateral Buckling of Subsea Pipelines Chris Martin BE, MA DPhil, Professorial Research Fellow, Fellow of Mansfield College, gives a mini-lecture on the 2019 Lubbock event. Chris Martin 09 Jul 2019
46 2019 Maurice Lubbock Lecture: Engineering at the crossroads: Lessons from History and a 21st-Century Vision from Across the Channel Where is engineering going? Revolutions in knowledge, new challenges such as those raised by the digital revolution and the environmental crisis call for innovation in engineering education and professional practice. Sophie Mougard, Antoine Picon 09 Jul 2019
47 Enterprising Women: Lunch and Learn – Dr Martine Abboud, Department of Chemistry Dr Martine Abboud talks about her scientific journey as a first-generation graduate, how to maintain life-work balance and the various enterprise-related opportunities a science researcher can access in Oxford. Martine Abboud 09 Jul 2019
48 Enterprising Women: Lunch and Learn – Prof Angela Russell, Department of Organic Chemistry Find out how Prof Angela Russell combines the worlds of business and research through Oxtem, a company she co-founded, and still find time for family life. Angela Russell 09 Jul 2019
49 Cherwell-Simon Memorial Lecture: The XENON Project: at the forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection What is the Dark Matter which makes 85% of the matter in the Universe? We have been asking this question for many decades and used a variety of experimental approaches to address it, with detectors on Earth and in space. Elena Aprile 08 Jul 2019
50 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum foundations In this Public Lecture, which contains more technical content than our norm, John Bush presents seemingly disparate topics which are in fact united by a common theme and underlaid by a common mathematical framework. John Bush 28 Jun 2019
51 Is Dark Matter Made of Black Holes The 2019 Halley lecture Marc Kamionkowski 04 Jun 2019
52 The Role of Gas in Galaxy Evolution Professor Jacqueline van Gorkom delivers the 18th Hintze Lecture. Jacqueline van Gorkom 03 Jun 2019
53 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marcus du Sautoy - The Creativity Code: how AI is learning to write, paint and think In this fascinating and provocative lecture, Marcus du Sautoy both tests our ability to distinguish between human and machine creativity, and suggests that our creativity may even benefit from that of the machines. Marcus du Sautoy 03 Jun 2019
54 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Graham Farmelo - The Universe Speaks in Numbers An old-fashioned tale of tale of romance and estrangement, of hope and despair. Graham Farmelo 21 May 2019
55 ... from collisions to the Higgs boson To study the Higgs boson at the LHC we also need to understand how highly energetic quarks and gluons interact, among themselves and with the Higgs. Fabrizio Caola 16 May 2019
56 From protons to collisions… We learn about the Higgs Boson and its interactions at the LHC by examining the debris produced by colliding protons head-on at unprecedented high energies. Lucian Harland-Lang 16 May 2019
57 What the Large Hadron Collider is telling us about the Higgs sector and its new interactions Over the past two years, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has started to directly probe a qualitatively new class of interactions, associated with the Higgs boson. Gavin Salam 16 May 2019
58 Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Student Lecture: Analysis III - Integration The third in our popular series of filmed student lectures takes us to Integration. This is the opening lecture in the 1st Year course. Ben Green 09 May 2019
59 Search for the Electron EDM Using Molecular Ions 4th and final lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 lecture series Jung Ye 30 Apr 2019
60 Quantum Matter and Atomic Clocks 3rd lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
61 A Quantum Gas of Polar Molecules 2nd lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
62 General introduction - Control of Light: Frequency Comb Spectroscopy from IR to UXV 1st lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
63 The oldest light in the Universe In this short stargazing talk, Luke Jew looks at the topic - The oldest light in the Universe. Luke Jew 05 Apr 2019
64 Strachey Lecture - Doing for our robots what evolution did for us Professor Leslie Kaelbling (MIT) gives the 2019 Stachey lecture. The Strachey Lectures are generously supported by OxFORD Asset Management. Leslie Kaelbling 29 Mar 2019
65 The brief history of the Universe Sergio Martin describes the evolution of the Universe. Sergio Martin 22 Mar 2019
66 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marc Lackenby - Knotty Problems Knots are a familiar part of everyday life, for example tying your tie or doing up your shoe laces. They play a role in numerous physical and biological phenomena, such as the untangling of DNA when it replicates. Marc Lackenby 20 Mar 2019
67 Electron Paramagnetic Resonance - Past, Present and Future Professor Mark Newton describes some of the key events in the discovery and development of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). Mark Newton 18 Mar 2019
68 Creative Commons All the dark we cannot see - the state of the art in direct searches for particle dark matter Professor Laura Baudis, University of Zurich, discusses the nature of dark matter. Laura Baudis 18 Mar 2019
69 Oxford Mathematics First Year Student Tutorial on Dynamics The Oxford Mathematics educational experience is a journey, a journey like any other educational experience. Ian Hewitt, Kate Adams, Farid Manzoor 22 Feb 2019
70 Why the world is simple - Prof Ard Louis The coding theorem from algorithmic information theory (AIT) - which should be much more widely taught in Physics! - suggests that many processes in nature may be highly biased towards simple outputs. Ard Louis 15 Feb 2019
71 Topology in Biology - Prof Julia Yeomans FRS Active systems, from cells and bacteria to flocks of birds, harvest chemical energy which they use to move and to control the complex processes needed for life. Julia Yeomans 15 Feb 2019
72 Welcome from the Head of the Physics Department Ian Shipsey delivers the welcome speech for the Saturday Mornings of Theoretical Physics. Ian Shipsey 15 Feb 2019
73 Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Undergraduate Lecture James Sparks - Dynamics For the first time ever, Oxford Mathematics has live streamed a student lecture. It took 800 years but now you can see what it is really like. We hope you find it familiar and intriguing and challenging. James Sparks 15 Feb 2019
74 James Maynard - Prime Time: How simple questions about prime numbers affect us all Prime Numbers are fascinating, crucial and ubiquitous. The trouble is, we don't know that much about them. James Maynard, one of the leading researchers in the field explains all (at least as far as he can). James Maynard 15 Feb 2019
75 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Hooke Lecture - Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere In some of the world’s rivers, an incoming high tide can arrive as a smooth jump decorated by undulations, or as a breaking wave. The river reverses direction and flows upstream. Michael Berry 28 Jan 2019
76 Oxford Mathematics Student Lectures: An Introduction to Complex Numbers - Vicky Neale Much is written about life as an undergraduate at Oxford but what is it really like? Vicky Neale 22 Jan 2019
77 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marcus du Sautoy - The Num8er My5teries With topics ranging from prime numbers to the lottery, from lemmings to bending balls like Beckham, Professor Marcus du Sautoy provides an entertaining and, perhaps, unexpected approach to explain how mathematics can be used to predict the future. Marcus du Sautoy 14 Jan 2019
78 Strachey Lecture - Steps Towards Super Intelligence Why has AI been so hard and what are the problems that we might work on in order to make real progress to human level intelligence, or even the super intelligence that many pundits believe is just around the corner? Rodney Brooks 20 Dec 2018
79 Entropy from Entanglement Siddharth Parameswaran, Associate Professor, Physics Department. Siddharth Parameswaran 03 Dec 2018
80 Entropy: two short stories John Chalker, Head of Theoretical Physics, gives a talk on entropy. John Chalker 03 Dec 2018
81 Entropy: Gaining Knowledge by Admitting Ignorance Alexander Schekochihin, Professor of Theoretical Physics, gives a talk on entropy. Alexander Schekochihin 03 Dec 2018
82 The Quantum and the Cosmos The 17th Hintze Lecture, given by Professor Rocky Kolb, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago. Rocky Kolb 14 Nov 2018
83 Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? The 2018 Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture Marcus du Sautoy and Professor Rosalind Picard for 2018's annual Simonyi Lecture: Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? Marcus du Sautoy, Rosalind Picard 09 Nov 2018
84 Roger Penrose in conversation with Hannah Fry - Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures In our Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture Roger Penrose in conversation with Hannah Fry reveals his latest research, a veritable chain reaction of universes, which he says has been backed by evidence of events that took place before the Big Bang. Roger Penrose, Hannah Fry 06 Nov 2018
85 The Search for Life on Earth, In Space and Time Dr James Green, current Chief Scientist of NASA gives a talk on the how life may be distributed on Earth and in the Solar System with consideration of the age of our sun. James Green 29 Oct 2018
86 Oxford Mathematics and the Clay Mathematics Institute Public Lectures: Roger Penrose - Eschermatics In this lecture Roger Penrose uses M.C Escher's work to illustrate and explain important mathematical ideas and their connections to the visual arts. Roger Penrose 01 Oct 2018
87 An Outdoor Pause: Skipping Stones, Splashes (and some tea to conclude) The 6th and final session of the Hinshelwood 2018 chemistry lecture series Lydéric Bocquet 20 Sep 2018
88 Ski Friction and the Alchemy of Waxing The 5th session of the 2018 Hinshelwood lecture series Lydéric Bocquet 20 Sep 2018
89 John Ball in conversation with Alain Goriely John Ball is retiring as Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Oxford oldest Scientific Chair. In this interview he charts the journey of the Applied Mathematician.as the subject has developed over the last 50 years. John Ball, Alain Goriely 27 Jul 2018
90 Ethics and Morality of Robotics The future of robotics raises important questions for humanity. Judy Wajcman, Sandra Wachter, Francesca Rossi, Ben Kuipers 18 Jul 2018
91 Creative Commons Formal Reasoning about the Security of Amazon Web Services Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses and develops tools based on formal verification to reason about the security of AWS itself, as well as the security of systems that customers build on AWS. Byron Cook 18 Jul 2018
92 Creative Commons The Logic of Real Proofs George Gonthier delivers a lecture at FLoc2018 George Gonthier 16 Jul 2018
93 Looking Backward; Looking Forward An invited talk by the Emeritus Hillman University Professor of Computer Science, Philosophy and Mathematical Logic at Carnegie Mellon University at FLoC2018 Dana Scott 13 Jul 2018
94 Pseudo deterministic algorithms and proofs In this talk I will describe what is known about pseudo-deterministic algorithms in the sequential, sub-linear and parallel setting. Shafi Goldwasser 13 Jul 2018
95 How do you grow rice faster? 3 billion people depend on rice for survival & owing to predicted population increases, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050. In this week's podcast episode we ask: how do you grow rice faster? Jane Langdale 11 Jul 2018
96 Unifying Logic and Probability: the BLOG Language Logic and probability are ancient subjects whose unification holds significant potential for the field of artificial intelligence. Stuart Russell 10 Jul 2018
97 Creative Commons Continuous Reasoning: Scaling the impact of formal methods Formal reasoning about programs is one of the oldest and most fundamental research directions in computer science. It has also been one of the most elusive. Peter O'Hearn 10 Jul 2018
98 Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Richard James - Atomistically inspired origami The World population is growing at about 80 million per year. As time goes by, there is necessarily less space per person. Perhaps this is why the scientific community seems to be obsessed with folding things. Richard James 06 Jul 2018
99 Networked Quantum Information Technologies This talk reviews the developments in quantum information processing. Dominic O'Brien 06 Jul 2018
100 Quantum logic with trapped-ion qubits This talk reviews testing and developing ideas in quantum computing using laser-manipulated trapped ions. David Lucas 06 Jul 2018