Saturday Physics for Everyone

Saturday Physics for Everyone (SPE) is a series of lectures on modern aspects of the physical sciences held Saturday mornings each fall. The program began in 1993 and offers high school students the opportunity to hear presentations from world-class scientists and researchers.

By attending Saturday Physics for Everyone, you will learn about recent advances in the physical sciences, you will gain an understanding of how physics affects development in modern technology, and influences your life on a daily basis. A question and answer session is held at the end of each program. This is your chance to interact with renowned scientific leaders in the research community.

  • Audience: High school students and the general public.
  • Cost: Free of charge.
  • Time: 10:15 am to 11:30 am, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Location: Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • Parking: East side of building in lot B21.
  • Questions/comments? Email us at
  • Talk slides: When available, the slides from the professors' talks can be found linked from the individual events below. View the 2018 series poster.


How to Stop Covid-19 Using Mathematics

How to Stop Covid-19 Using Mathematics

Professor Nigel Goldenfeld

When Stars Attack!  Near-Earth Supernova Explosions and their Radioactive Fingerprints
Cosmic Journeys, Quantum Voyages: Exploring Physics through the Arts
Reverse alchemy: turning gold into the most perfect liquid
Arts, Science, and the Elegant Universe

Arts, Science, and the Elegant Universe

Lindsay Olson & Dr. Kirsty Duffy

You may also like Saturday Engineering for Everyone offered in the spring semester.

Be sure to sign up for an NCSA tour "Artful 3D animations of scientific phenomena" offered all year long.