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Colloquia and Seminars


The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a large number of scientific presentations every week. Many of these provide reviews of current research that will be of interest to students and faculty alike. Here, we provide a summary of the different types of weekly presentations and links to the updated schedules.

The School of Physics and Astronomy also provides a weekly calendar of seminars and colloquia.


Tate Lab

Astrophysics Colloquia

Held on Friday afternoons, these talks generally feature invited speakers presenting reviews of current research on a variety of topics.

Tate Lab

Cosmology Seminar

The Astrophysics and Cosmology group sponsors weekly lunchtime seminars on Mondays, typically given by local speakers. Additionally, the group hosts the occasional afternoon seminar, usually given by an invited speaker.

Journal Club

Journal Club

Journal Clubs provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to hear about interesting research from around the world, through reviews of published articles, preprints, or meeting reports. Held on Thursdays, a typical lunchtime seminar features one talk given by a graduate student and another by a faculty member or postdoc.

Physics Colloquia

Physics Colloquia

Held on Wednesday afternoons, School of Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are intended for non-specialists and often contain topics of interest to astrophysics.

MIfA Public Lecture Series

MIfA Public Lecture Series

The MIfA Public Lecture Series, held once per semester, is our way to communicate the exciting research activities of institute researchers directly to the public.

Karlis Kaufmanis

Kaufmanis Lecture Series

The Kaufmanis Lecture is presented in memory of beloved Professor of Astronomy Karlis Kaufmanis. This series brings distinguished scientists to the campus to provide public lectures on the latest hot topics in research.


For a full schedule of weekly talks, visit the Physics Calendar.  

Contact Information

MN Institute for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

P: (612) 624-4811

E: MIfA@umn.edu