Special Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Members of the Physics and Astronomy Faculty routinely participate in the organization of special events, scientific workshops, and conferences. Find below a listing of recent and upcoming events and conferences organized by members
of the department.

This Century's Last Transit of Venus - June 5, 2012

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University is holding a Public Viewing Event for the last transit of Venus of our lifetime. Join us Tuesday, June 5th from 6:00-9:00PM for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Transit of Venus viewing event


CHARM 2012

This workshop will cover recent results in the field of Charm physics, including the impact on and from theory, as well as projections for results to be expected from upcoming facilities.



Workshop on Jet Modification in the RHIC and LHC era

The Relativistic Heavy Ion group will be hosting a workshop on Jet Modification in Heavy Ion Collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the Large Hadron Collider on August 20-23, 2012. This workshop is designed to bring together experts in relativistic heavy ion physics to discuss the latest results unravalled at the Quark Matter conference to be held one week earlier in Washington DC.


Winter Workshops on Nuclear Dynamics

This workshop series brings together scientists from all fields of nuclear physics for  engaging and friendly exchanges of ideas. Workshops are held yearly in alternance between northern and southern locations. In recent years, much emphasis is devoted to the LHC results from the ALICE, CMS, and ATLAS experiments, but recent advances from the RHIC program, as well as ongoing and future programs at FAIR, FRIB and JLab are also featured.

DPF 2009

The 2009 Meeting of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society was held on the campus of Wayne State University,  July 26-31, 2009. This international conference was organized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy,  and covered the latest experimental and theoretical results in a wide range of research areas which included accelerator physics,  quark physics,  and particle astrophysics  and cosmology.  A public lecture was given by Professor Lawrence M. Krauss,  internationally known theoretical physicist and popular science writer (Physics of Star Trek).  Click the link for an overview of this dynamic conference. 


OSAPS 2006

The Wayne State Univeristy Department of Physics and Astronomy was host of the Spring 2006 Regional Meeting of the Ohio Section of the American Physical Society (OSAPS) and Michigan setion of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MAAPT). Some 70 participants enjoyed a weekend in Detroit and shared their work. 


The Tevatron Connection, Fermilab, June 24-25, 2005