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Saturday Morning Physics

Physics is a fundamental science and provides the foundations for solving both cosmic mysteries and practical problems. In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series. Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

The remaining Winter 2020 Saturday Morning Physics talks from March 4-April 18 have been canceled.

For more information about the latest Saturday Morning Physics schedule, please click the image to enlarge the poster.

Event Details

The Saturday Morning Physics lecture series is located on the Ann Arbor central campus. The seminars will be held Saturday mornings, 10:30-11:30 AM in 170 & 182 Weiser Hall (formerly Dennison Building). All talks are free and refreshments will be served from 9:55 to 10:20 AM before each talk begins.

How to Receive Information about Upcoming Programming

If you would like updates on this series, sign up to be placed on the Saturday Morning Physics mailing list. Due to monetary constraints, we would like to send you programming information via email only.


The Saturday Morning Physics program is sponsored by: 
The Dr. Mary Lois Tiffany Endowment by Dr. O. Lyle Tiffany and Dr. M. Lois Tiffany who were the first to support the Saturday Morning Physics program in May, 2000.

The Hideko Tomozawa Endowment in memory of Hideko Tomozawa in recognition of her interest and loyal participation in the Saturday Morning Physics program.

The Van Loo Family Endowment to support outstanding University students who present public lectures at Saturday Morning Physics.

Friends of the Program-Donations of all sizes are needed to keep this program alive!

How to Donate

Donations to the Saturday Morning Physics Program help fund these informative academic presentations. Show your support for the program by donating online.

U-M Staff and Faculty can donate to Saturday Morning Physics by using University Payroll Deduction on Wolverine Access. Please use designation #365045.

You may also make cash, check, or credit card donations at each Saturday Morning program. Please stop by the back greeting table to pick up a donation slip.

Remember, donations to SMP are tax deductible in the year in which they are given.

View SMP Lectures

Learn how to view the Saturday Morning Physics talks after the lecture date
Information about previous SMP talks can be found in the Past Events section of this website.


Visitor parking for the seminars, on Central Campus, is across the street from Weiser Hall (formerly Dennison Building) in the U-M Church Street structure. The University of Michigan Transportation and Parking Services will charge $2.00 for parking in the Church Street parking structure for each Saturday Morning Physics lecture. The parking fee does not benefit Saturday Morning Physics or the Physics Department in any way.

Please use the North Church Street entrance to pay the parking fee in cash and you will obtain a parking permit from the U-M parking attendant each Saturday when you arrive. Non U-M employees and U-M employees without their parking permit will not be able to gain entry into the Church Street lot without paying the attendant.

Please remove your car from the Church Street parking structure by 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.