The Fermilab colloquium introduces staff, users, students and members of the public to a wide range of scientific and science-related topics presented by notable speakers from across the country and around the world. Colloquia are open to the public.

An integral part of Fermilab’s academic culture, “orange” colloquium talks are aimed at a broad scientific and technical audience, while “green” talks are of general interest to all laboratory staff, users and members of the public.

Colloquia are open to everyone. Unless otherwise advertised, the talks are held at 4 pm on Wednesday afternoons in the One West auditorium in Wilson Hall. Members of the public wishing to attend must show a photo ID at the laboratory entrance and tell the guard on duty that they are attending the colloquium.

Fermilab upcoming colloquia

Lectures begin at 4:00 p.m. in 1 West

  Appropriate for physicists     Appropriate for all lab staff and members of the public
June 27, 2018, 4:00 pm
Edward Feser
The idea of a law of nature is central to scientific explanation. Laws themselves are often said to be explicable in terms of more fundamental laws. But what about the most fundamental laws? Why is the world governed by those particular laws rather than by other laws or no laws at all? And what exactly is a law of nature in the first place? Are these questions that science itself can answer, or is there a role for philosophy in answering them?
July 19, 2018, 4:00 pm
Christoph Simon
I will describe the many facets of quantum optics research through examples from my own career. In particular, I will talk about theoretical and (in many cases) experimental work on demonstrating quantum non-locality, on bringing quantum effects such as superposition and entanglement to the macroscopic level, on implementing a global quantum network, on the possible existence of photonic communication channels in the brain, and on super-resolution imaging.
Aug. 8, 2018, 4:00 pm
Robert Nemiroff, Michigan Technological University & NASA
Astrophotography is one of the most popular areas of digital imaging, and NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD: is one of the most prominent venues for public astrophotographic display. The popularity of astrophotography spurs competition that results in innovation in imaging component areas including science, education, hardware, and software. NASA and the world's foremost astronomical observatories typically lead in science and hardware innovation, while astrophotographers and data analysts usually lead in education and software innovation. Examples of all types of astrophotography, as highlighted on APOD, will be presented and discussed, including videos and some of the best, most popular, and most innovative astronomy images yet taken.
Sept. 26, 2018, 4:00 pm
Jace DeCory, Kurt Riesselmann